Write Like Jurassic World
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Write Like Jurassic World

Learn the screenwriting methods behind one of the biggest films, then use them in your own works.
4.5 (1 rating)
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Created by Ryan Estabrooks
Last updated 1/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Use the writing methods behind Jurassic World in your own screenplays
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  • It helps to have already seen Jurassic World but it is not required.

Learn how the writers behind Jurassic World utilized methods to make it one of the biggest films in the world. Instead of talking about abstract screenwriting theories that are hard to grasp, you will see actual scenes dissected so you can understand how the pros are actually writing these big hit movies.

Master Screenwriting Methods Utilized in Jurassic World and Use Them in Your Own Screenplays

Participate in writing activities based on the methods used in Jurassic World

Understand the themes of Jurassic World and how they shape the movie

Learn how different characters are written and what makes them unique

Beef Up Your Screenwriting Skills by Seeing How Big Movies are Written

Jurassic World was one of the biggest films of 2015, breaking the opening weekend box office record at the time. Overall, the success of the film comes down to the writing - this is where every movie starts.

Seeing how the writers of Jurassic World employed methods to their characters, plot points and themes will give you more tools to use in your own writing. It will spark your creativity and show you methods you may have never seen before. And with the included activities, you will be able to practice these methods until you understand them inside and out.

Content and Overview

Geared towards beginning screenwriters but useful to ALL writers, you will see why particular scenes from Jurassic World are so successful, the usage of the characters in the film, and how the themes of the movie drive the story. The lessons included have activities at the end so you can practice writing immediately! Think of them as exercises for your writing muscles.

First, we will cover the themes of Jurassic World, such as the ethics of genetic engineering and what our theme parks tell us about our capitalist society. Then, we will look at lessons taken from individual scenes and plot points. You will see how character skills are introduced, how benefits to characters are suddenly taken away, and how you can surprise your audience with the climax of your movie. Finally, we will focus on the 4 main characters of Jurassic World and understand what makes them unique.

After completing this course, you will have a better understanding as to how professional screenwriters write these big movies. Even better, you will be able to practice these skills with the included exercises and them use them in your OWN movies!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for writers who want to see concrete examples of screenwriting used in big movies. This course is not for writers who want to learn about screenwriting formats and other basics.
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
Introduction and Themes of Jurassic World
2 Lectures 12:38

Find out what the goals of this course are and what makes this course different from other screenwriting and writing courses

Preview 06:45

What does Jurassic World have to say about our society?

Preview 05:53
10 Screenwriting Lessons from Jurassic World
10 Lectures 35:37

How Jurassic World uses its setting to great effect

World Building

How character flaws in Jurassic World create drama

Turn a Perceived Character Flaw Into a Source of Conflict

How Jurassic World kills two birds with one stone thanks to Owen's introduction

Introduce a Character Performing a Skill

Giving your characters room to grow

Introduce a Skill That a Character Isn’t An Expert at Yet

When characters operate on emotion vs. logic

Let Human Emotion Create Conflict

How Jurassic World uses multiple conflict to keep the story going

Two Sources of Conflict Are Better Than One

Learn how this method can heighten the tension in your writing

Establish a Rule of Safety, Then Break It

See how Jurassic World flips the tables on the protagonist

A Hero Has Control of a Dangerous Thing, then the Villain Gains Control of it

A great method to help your protagonist overcome obstacles in surprising ways

Elements in the Background that Will Aid Your Protagonists in the Future

How Jurassic World created a surprising finale

Have a Trump Card in the Pocket
The Characters of Jurassic World
3 Lectures 12:08

Learn how these characters guide the audience through Jurassic World

Gray & Zach

Claire experiences the most growth out of any character in this film - find out how


Writing a character that is the moral compass of your movie

1 Lecture 00:05

A list of all the activities featured in this course, collected into a PDF file. Use it to practice your screenwriting wherever you go!

Activity Workbook for Write Like Jurassic World
About the Instructor
Ryan Estabrooks
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Ryan Estabrooks is an award winning screenwriter who has been writing for more than 12 years. In addition to being a writer, he is also a director, actor, and musician. He has written and/or directed numerous short films, web series, commercials, and documentaries. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge with others so that they can make great art to share with the world.