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The Easy Way to Write a Great ScreenPlay!

Today I want us to look at screenplay writing.

Over the last four years, many people have asked me to put together a course on writing and selling movie scripts to Hollywood but, strangely, I have resisted.

It's funny really because I actually used to teach screenwriting at the London Screenwriters Workshop. I ran monthly writer's group sessions too, where a dozen or so professional writers would meet and compare scripts, synopses and treatments.

I even co-wrote a screenplay for Channel 4 which became a movie called Caprice. I've probably written a couple dozen scripts altogether, some for TV, some for film. The most exciting moment for me was probably when I had script called Dead Heat optioned by Castle Rock.

I've also acted on screen for a few film projects, helped put together a 12-part TV series and well, I could go on and on. I guess I just want you to know that when it comes to making movies I'm pretty sure I know what I'm talking about!

And did mention I'm an avid movie buff, too?

It's incredible. The movie business generates millions upon millions of dollars - daily - and continues to grow. As of today, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is expected to be Disney's biggest grossing film of all time. In just the last three weeks it's made over $320 million! That's a staggering amount of money - for what? A couple of hours of entertainment?

But never forget - no movie can ever get off the ground without what happening first? Yep, a writer putting fingers to keyboard.

You might think that competition in the screenplay market is fierce. It is. But that doesn't mean you're not in with a chance. As William Goldman (one of my favorite writers) once said, "There's always room for another good one."

And think about this. The better movies do at the box office, logically the demand for good scripts increases.

The trick is to know how to write one well - to learn the craft. That's what I want to help you with now. I'd like to be able to teach you everything you need to know about screenwriting in just a few short weeks instead of you trying to work it out by trial and error over the next several years. Does that appeal?

Now, I'm one of those nerdy types that doesn't just watch the movie on DVD - I watch the 'making of' sections too. And if there's one thing I've noticed, it's that screen writing is not 'closed' to new writers. Far from it. New screenwriters come into the foray all the time. I think it's because directors and producers are always looking for what's new and fresh.

The world is changing so quickly, new writers need to understand new technology and the way the world works - how the intricacies of things like politics and terrorism impact on our daily lives.

New writers also need to be aware of what's possible and practical when it comes to special effects. You may remember Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow? The entire movie was shot on blue screen and all - and I mean all - the backdrops were put in later. This was Kerry Conran's FIRST movie - and he managed to secure an enormous budget AND an all star cast! (Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Michael Gambon and even the long dead Laurence Olivier - work that one out!)

Little things are important in screenwriting. Like knowing that a helicopter shot of a building or town is an expensive day out in Hollywood, reserved only for the most prestigious of projects. It's all very well starting your script with:



But a potential director or agent reading you script is already thinking, 'This had better be VERY good'.

Screenwriting also has its own vocabulary that you need to be aware of before venturing out. I mean, do you know what a 'slug line' is? Or a 'five and dime treatment'? If you're writing film scripts, then you need to.

Screenwriting is more of a craft than an art now. Yes, you have to come up with the ideas but there's a 'formula' to formatting that you must adhere to - or you'll stumble at the first hurdle.

For a long time now I've wanted to create an Easy Way to Write resource that deals with the mechanics of writing and selling screenplays.

Not just how to come up with stories, think them through and format them correctly but also beyond. Most people approaching screenwriting want to know more about how to pitch to agents, movie stars and producers.

I want to show you how all that is done. Even beyond - to raising finance and getting mini production companies together to help generate interest for your movies.

So I've put together a brand new e-course. And, guess what, it starts now - today!

It'll be live and fully interactive. I'll also be running a special members only Yahoo forum where we can come together to discuss the lessons, the screenwriting process and enjoy chatting about movies and movie making for the next eight weeks. What could be more fun than that?

So here we go. Here's what's happening:

Week One: Becoming a Screenwriter - the pre-requisites. How you need to think, feel and operate in order to best approach the craft.

Week Two: Ideas, Story and Plotting. How to use the pitch, the synopsis and treatment phases to help save you months of rewriting.

Week Three: Writing with Integrity and Purpose. How to bring your ideas to life and maintain your vision - and maybe even change the world in the process!

Week Four: Brass tacks. The Three and Four Act Structure. Understanding scene composition and formatting the first draft.

Week Five: Rewriting. Swapping scripts, helping each other hone our stories. The importance of accepting criticism and reworking ideas where necessary.

Week Six: The Final Draft. How to ensure you are objective and have approached screenwriting with ruthless professionalism.

Week Seven: The Pitch. Now that it's done, where to go, who to contact, how and why - more especially what NOT to do at this stage.

Week Eight: Raising Finance. How to follow up and generate interest, funding and sponsorship. Joint venturing and where to find 'Sugar Daddies.'

Sign up NOW and you'll ALSO receive PDF versions of these SIX classic film scripts:

American Beauty
Independence Day
Thelma and Louise
Citizen Kane
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

These are all excellent examples of the genre that you can study and learn heaps from at your own leisure.

So if you'd like to join me for 8 weeks of expert scriptwriting tuition - with all the feedback, advice and guidance you need, then just go to the link below to join in the fun:

Click Here to Order Now!

You'll receive full instructions after paying via Clickbank's completely secure server, using either a card or online check or via Paypal.

Thanks for reading.

Keep writing!

Creating Better Writers

PS: Oh, and I forgot to mention. This wonderful opportunity will only set you back a pittance:
$87 - less than $11 a week. And listen, I've done the research - that's roughly a TENTH of what this would cost you anywhere else. Go here now:

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See ya soon!


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