This is a comprehensive course designed to help you master industry-standard formatting for screenplays and learn how to execute your script like a pro.
This course is divided into modules, with each module consisting of multiple video lessons taught by Zena Dell Lowe. All of the videos and course materials are available to you the moment you purchase the class, so you can set your own pace. In addition to the modules, the course uses a 3-pronged learning approach to maximize student retention. To read more about this, scroll down to the section: How to get the most out of this class.
Why formatting is important:
Did you know that the number one reason why screenplays get rejected in Hollywood is because of improper formatting? Formatting errors and mistakes automatically signal to the reader that you're an amateur. Your script never even gets read. It goes straight into the garbage.
And that's not the only problem. There's a common misconception that screenplays are dry, perfunctory, or technical documents, but they're not, or at least, they shouldn't be. The best screenplays are beautifully written, exciting works of art - every bit as riveting as your favorite novel.
This course will teach you not only how to master the technical components of industry standard formatting for screenplays, but also how to use the formatting in a way that is artistic.
What you'll get:
You'll become proficient at industry-standard formatting for screenwriting
You'll know how to artistically maximize the possibilities of the medium
You'll feel more confident about presenting your work to other industry professionals
You'll have all the tools you need to get the attention of Hollywood execs and make sure your script rises to the top
If you want to become a true master of the craft, this class has what you need to take your career to the next level.
[PLEASE NOTE: This class frequently uses excerpts from professionally written scripts. While the instructor has made every effort to choose those scripts that best illustrate the principles being taught, some of these excerpts may come from R-rated films.]
How to get the most out of this class:
We'll be using a 3-pronged learning approach in this course, which is meant to maximize your overall learning experience.
- You'll watch my videos and take in the instruction.
- You'll practice your skills through assigned writing exercises and prompts.
- You'll learn from others by reading previously produced scripts and participating in several "Designated Student" sessions.
The hope is that you will be inspired to acquire the skills and techniques of the greats, while learning from the mistakes of fellow peers, who have graciously allowed us to analyze their first attempts in this venue.
Screenwriting is fabulous, but it's also hard. Even the most seasoned novelist must endure the grueling hours of work required to write for this specific medium. It's okay to make mistakes. In fact, it's essential! There is a learning curve, here, so be gentle with yourself! It's a necessary part of the process for you to become a master of the craft.
About Reading Screenplays:
Reading well-written screenplays is one of the fastest and best ways to learn! I encourage you to read at least one professionally written screenplay per module. You'll always have more than one option from which to choose whenever it's time to make a selection. Take advantage of this season of learning by reading as many well-written scripts as you can. You will learn so much if you do!
Special Thanks to My Designated Student(s):
This class uses Designated Students for additional instruction. A Designated Student is someone who has agreed to allow me to use video recordings from real-life COACHING SESSIONS to better enable you to understand the principles being taught.
You'll also be able to watch some "Case Study" lessons, where I’ll walk you through a Designated Student script to point out common formatting mistakes. Keep a look out for these exciting sessions made possible by brave and wonderful volunteers! It’s a genuine gift that they’ve given us. All hail my Designated Students!