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Deepening Your Work

Lesson 22 from: Screenwriting for Film and Television: How to Begin

Julio Vincent Gambuto

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22. Deepening Your Work

In this lesson, we’ll discuss how to make your work better, deeper, stronger, including a look at rising action, progressions, stakes, twists, reveals.
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Deepening Your Work

yeah, Everything I've laid out so far in the class are the sort of 10,000 ft view of screenwriting. I want to know your story fundamentals. I want you to understand how a screenplay story structure works and how a screenplay lays out and is plotted out. And I've given you a process for exactly how you can go about developing your work. Now, deepening your work, making your work more interesting, more appealing and more captivating, more exciting. All of that is really a mindset and it's less about saying, do this, then do that, then do that and more about how you think about your work. I always advocate for writers to experience more, watch more love, more, fight more um go out in the world and walk more to just embrace life in a larger way and without being too pep talking about it, I think it's really, really important because you can only write about things that you know, you can only write about things that you've experienced, right? So if you're writing um you know, an action movi...

e, then go to an amusement park, go down a roller coaster. Remember that thrill, what that feels like if you're writing a love story, you know, go on some dates or talk to your partner about the moment that you, that you fell in love with him and the moment that you fell in love with her, look at old pictures of your first date, get really close to the material that you're working on that will automatically deepen it. I also think that deepening is about taking risks, right, that you can't write everything the way that it's written before. You can't write a screenplay that someone else has written. Your work needs to be your work, right? It's a reflection of you and your voice. And the only true way to develop your voice on a piece of paper is to develop your voice in your life to know what you love, to know what you hate to know what your perspective is on any number of things that are happening in the world. So it's just a quick talk to make sure that you go for it. Like take the risk, push your characters to the ends degree and also push yourself to the degree to write more and watch more and experience more. It will only give your work that much more gravitas.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Case Study Films
Story Analysis Template.xlsx
Sample TV Scripts
Story Design Worksheet
Story Fundamentals Worksheet
Seed to Script Process

Ratings and Reviews

Carlos Sandoval

Just a great way to start on your path to screenwriting. A clear and concise class with a friendly tone and humor. I think it is important that a teacher has actually worked in the field. Kudos.


Perfect for a beginner or actors who need a better understanding of what is and why is. Info packed and FUN too!

Asem Nurkina

I took this class last year. And after one year of working with presented tools (story design worksheet, story fundamentals workseet, seed to script process) on different projects I can say that it is very powerful and useful course I ever taken. I can strongly recommend this detailed screenwriting guidance by Julio Vincent Gambuto.

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