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Formatting as an Artform

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.

  1. You'll watch my videos and take in the instruction.
  2. You'll practice your skills through assigned writing exercises and prompts.
  3. 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!

What People Are Saying:

I spent two years working on my MFA in script writing at Regent University. I left feeling like I had learned absolutely nothing. I met Zena during my final project in December of 2018, and what I was supposed to learn in the two years I was enrolled at Regent, Zena was capable of teaching me in less than two hours. Regent needs to give Zena my tuition because she did their job for them.

L. Danuta

Zena gave me my first ever exposure to screenwriting and I couldn’t have asked for a better foundation! I’ve now been working in Hollywood for several years and everything Zena taught me continues to serve me well.

Isaiah Smallman

Zena taught me all the foundational elements of how to write a professional script, and everything I've learned since has been built upon the solid foundation she laid. Her insightful and inspiring point of view continues to guide how I write. Because of her, I was a 2016 Final Draft Big Break Finalist and Winner of the Family Category.

Matt Katzenberger

Zena Dell Lowe captivates her audience. She brings home her teaching points with effective examples, story descriptions, and script excerpts. In listening to and watching Zena’s presentations, I could picture and understand what I need to do to enliven my stories. Her passion for teaching instilled in me a new excitement to become a better writer.

Zoe M. McCarthy

I took a college screenwriting course with Zena and found it an invaluable introduction to the craft of screenwriting, storytelling, and film. She expertly explained the mechanics behind plot, arcs, characters, story beats, symbols, and the basic building blocks of crafting a great screenplay. I still think about what I learned in her class when I watch movies and write scripts.

Luke Mosher

I had the privilege of meeting Zena in December of 2018 as my creative advisor for my final portfolio for my MFA in Script and Screenwriting. She taught me in a month what most people take years to try and teach someone about storytelling and script writing.

Gabriella Rodriguez

Zena’s heart and passion to see lives transformed through the power of visual storytelling is an indelible gift. She is a true master of her craft. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate with such a high-caliber professional. Her content was exceptional. I'm grateful for her intentional efforts to cultivate vision and value in the lives of her clients.

Johnny Rogers

I managed a Film Library for McGraw-Hill and also taught film grammar, scripting, and other film related classes, and as a former Conference Director, I believe I am qualified to recommend Zena Dell Lowe as a knowledgeable, inspiring, and talented instructor.

Harry Bohrs