Q. Why Choose Ultimate Screenwriting?


Other writing instructors teach theory and priciples, while my exclusive course provides a road map that you can apply to every script you write.  I also discovered Seven (7) Booster Rockets that help successful films mainatain audience interest.  If you dont' have a compelling second act - you don't have a movie.


Q. What’s the Course Schedule?


Ultimate Screenwriting is a 7-week course with each class lasting 3-hours.  

(See Class Schedule below.)



Q. Why Should An Actor Consider This Class?


Friends in the industry tell me that actors often write very entertaining scripts with rich characters and great dialogue, but professional readers ultimately pass on the projects because they lack proper screenplay structure.  In Ultimate Screenwriting, you will learn this structure:  The Seven (7) major plot points. The Seven (7) Booster Rockets in Act II.  Plus, you will learn the most important question every writer must answer by the end of Act I.



Q. What Will Directors and Others Get Out of This Class?


Everyone has an idea for a screenplay, even your aunt Edna back in Des Moines.  By teaching you the basics in a simple, straightforward style, I will help you get that idea out of your head and onto the page. To reinforce these principles and help you overcome procrastination, my in-class writing assignments put the “fun” back into fundamentals.



Q. Is This a Beginner’s Course?


Although the lessons are geared toward beginning writers (i.e. format, structure and character development), many students take the class to help them with scripts they are presently writing.  I don’t want people to make the same mistakes I made (which have been plentiful), so I have tried to create the writing course I wish I could have taken when I first started writing.  



Q. Do I Need to Buy a Textbook for the Class?


Yes.  “Save the Cat” by Blake Snyder.  You can order it through Amazon or almost any bookstore.  His other “Cat” books are certainly recommended, but be sure to buy the original.  It is considered the top writing book on the market today, because it is full of powerful inside information -- and it is easy to read. Although my lessons follow the chapters in this book, additional insight will be presented from other writing gurus, and students will receive a list of additional books to read at the end of the course.



Q. Will There be Homework?


Of course, but please don’t tell me your dog ate it, because your homework will usually be a continuation of an in-class assignment.  The key to writing is writing.  I know this can intimidate some people, so I have structured the course to help you overcome procrastination.  (Don’t worry.  Nobody will be placed in irons if they fail to finish their homework assignment.  However, I do reserve the right to use tar and feathers.)



Q. What’s the Number One Reason to Take This Class?


It’s a great way to spend an evening and meet new friends.  Plus, the instructor (moi) is a lot of fun, and a heck of a nice guy.






Week #1: Coming Up With Great Ideas

Learn how to write a one (1) sentence logline that entice producers, agents and others to read your script.   Plus, discover a few tricks on how to come up with ideas that make people say, “Holy #%@$!  I wish I had thought of that!”



Week #2: Developing Memorable Characters

In order to attach A-List Talent, you need to create dynamic characters, plus worthy adversaries that truly challenge your hero.  In the second class, you will learn how to develop character that audiences remember and admire for generations.



Week #3: Structure: How to Write a Basic Outline

Poor structure is the main reason scripts get rejected.  You will learn how to write a basic outline (or beat sheet) that lists the seven (7) major plot points that every studio reader expects to see in your screenplay.


Week #4: Unraveling The Mystery of the Second Act

The second act is the toughest part of any screenplay, this course solves the challange and makes your writing more compelling.  You will learn the importance of the 'B' Story and how it relates to your hero, how to use set pieces, and the importance of well placed setups and pay-offs.


Week #5: Creating Powerful Scenes

Powerful scenes keep your story moving.  In this class, you will learn the key elements of writing a scene, plus a few tricks such as foreshadowing and payoffs to prevent your second act from getting bogged down.   You will also learn how to write a treatment, which is basically a “road map of your script” that helps you: a) plot out all the twists and turns; b) keep your story focused; c) make your job a helluva lot easier when you actually start writing your script.   



Week #6: Writing Snapping Dialogue

Now that you’ve learned the basics, you can finally start writing the actual script.  In this class, you will learn how to write snappy dialogue and clear, concise descriptions so your script will be “an easy read” for producers and other potential buyers.



Week #7: Finishing Your Masterpiece

Writing is rewriting.  This is the difference between a script that ends up on the screen and a script that ends up in the trash.  You will learn professional level tricks that can transform a decent script into a great final draft -- so you can sell it!






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