The Easy Way to Write a Great
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
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
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:
EXT. THE OCEAN - DAY (FLYOVER)
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
So here we go. Here's what's happening:
One: Becoming a Screenwriter - the
pre-requisites. How you need to think, feel and operate
in order to best approach the craft.
Two: Ideas, Story and Plotting. How to use the
pitch, the synopsis and treatment phases to help save you
months of rewriting.
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!
Four: Brass tacks. The Three and Four Act
Structure. Understanding scene composition and formatting
the first draft.
Five: Rewriting. Swapping scripts, helping each
other hone our stories. The importance of accepting
criticism and reworking ideas where necessary.
Six: The Final Draft. How to ensure you are
objective and have approached screenwriting with ruthless
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.
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:
Thelma and Louise
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:
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Thanks for reading.
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
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See ya soon!