Professional Screenwriting Certification CourseView all courses
- This course is open for 12 weeks
- 26 lesson series
- Certificate of completion
- 6 hours, 7 minutes of video
A great movie is made from a great script. No matter how big the budget, how engaging the performances, or how spectacular the visual effects, a poorly-written script erodes the foundation of the movie before you even start to shoot it.
In the Professional Screenwriting Course, you will learn the step-by-step process of writing a script from top Hollywood writers. From the very beginning stages of developing a marketable idea, creating dynamic characters, understanding story structure, and finally learning how to market your script. You will gain all the tools you need to write a professional Hollywood screenplay.
In this 25-lesson course, working Hollywood screenwriters methodically guide you though the screenwriting process from developing an idea through optioning your screenplay to an agent. This course is organized into three sections:
Section 1: Story Structure – this series of lessons focuses on how to build and structure the story, manage sub plots, and how to address story pacing issues. The lessons include:
- Beginning the Writing Process
- Working with a Writing Partner
- Finding Story Ideas and Inspiration
- Developing a Marketable Idea
- Story Formats
- The 7 Plot Types
- The Implications of Genre
- The Three Act Structure
- A-Story and Subplots
- Techniques to Improve Story Pacing
- Techniques to Engage the Audience
Section 2: Character Development – this series of lessons guides you through the process of creating believable characters, developing strong backstories, and writing convincing dialogue. The lessons include:
- Creating the Protagonist
- Creating the Antagonist
- Conflict Types
- How to Write Memorable Supporting Characters
- Understanding Character Archetypes
- Designing Personality and Building Backstory
- How to Write Natural Dialogue
Section 3: The writing process – In this section, learn how to approach the writing process, from outline to rewrites. The lessons include:
- Title, Theme, and Log Lines
- How to Write a Treatment and Outline
- How to Format a Screenplay
- How to Write the First Draft
- Techniques for Rewriting and Refining Your Script
- How to Market Your Script to Producers and Agents
- Your Screenplay and the Real World
You will learn from Emmy and Oscar-winning filmmakers as they reveal the techniques they’ve learned throughout their careers. Your instructors include:
Emmy-Winning Executive Producer
Two-time Emmy winner, Steve is the Executive Producer on "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Hot in Cleveland," "'Til Death," and "School of Rock," and produced the Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee, "An Unreasonable Man."
Guy has penned the screenplays for "Under the Volcano," "American Playhouse," and "Takes from the Darkside”
Neil has penned screenplays for "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead," Melrose Place," Doogie Howser, M.D." "Tad: The Explorer,""The Magnificent Seven," and “Undressed"
Ken Dancyger is the author or co-author of seven books on screenwriting, directing, film editing and production. Ken is past Chair of Undergraduate Film and Television, TISCH School of the Arts, New York University, where he is a Full Professor.
Academy Award Winner
Chris Huntley won the Academy Award for his groundbreaking story structure software DRAMATICA.
Edward has received screenwriting credit for "Now You See Me," "Jessica Jones," "Now You See Me 2," and "Wayward Pines”
Jenn's credits include, "Breaking Bad," "Just Call Saul," "Men of a Certain Age," "Childrens Hospital," and "General Hospital"
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