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Screenwriting for Film and Television: How to Begin

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Julio Vincent Gambuto

Screenwriting for Film and Television: How to Begin

Julio Vincent Gambuto

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23. Feedback
In this lesson, we’ll explore the question, “Now what?” This includes a discussion about feedback, notes, colleagues, etiquette, and grace.


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1 Getting Started Duration:19:18
2 The Power of Stories Duration:18:42
3 Key Concepts Duration:12:29
4 Analyzing Stories Duration:07:23
5 Writer’s Purpose Duration:11:30
6 Story Design Duration:03:32
7 Story Design: Setting Duration:09:13
8 Story Design: Hero Duration:08:12
9 Story Design: Want Duration:10:02
10 Story Design: Villain Duration:07:46
11 Story Design: Conflict Duration:08:51
12 Story Design: Angel Duration:05:26
13 Story Design: Gift Duration:04:46
14 Story Before/After Duration:06:28
15 Using Emotion Duration:06:15
16 Story Structure Duration:12:13
17 Act 1 Duration:07:38
18 Act 2 Duration:08:37
19 Act 3 Duration:05:09
20 Seed-to-Script Process Duration:15:00
21 The Treatment Duration:06:10
22 Deepening Your Work Duration:02:24
23 Feedback Duration:08:07
24 Next Steps Duration:04:56

Lesson Info


before we wrap up, I want to talk about feedback. Feedback is so important in the writing process to know how your work is landing what it sounds like to people how it's coming off two people. But there's a really fine line between what you want to say, how you want to say it and you believing in your work and what other people think about your work. So you know, when you're working with a studio or you're working with a production company, you're gonna hear feedback all the time. You're gonna get notes on your work constantly, and it will be a back and forth, and you're almost creating the script together. Even if you've written every word of the script, you're still kind of creating it together. The important thing about feedback is to know that it's a muscle, and you've got to start to develop it right now, meaning everything you write show to somebody and let them tell you what they think of it. Start getting used to hearing negative feedback, hearing positive feedback. If you're o...

ne of these people who, like you can't say a nice thing to get over it, take some nice feedback sometimes. And if you're one of these people who doesn't like hearing anything, negative writing is gonna be that much harder right. And succeeding as a writer in this business as a screenwriter is going to be a lot harder. So develop that muscle and a fun way to develop it is to talk to your friends and family and say, Tell me what you think of me right now Tell me how I look right now. Tell me how you feel about me right now. It's silly and kind of stupid, but it's a really fun way to just get that muscle working right. An important point to about feedback is you wanna ask for feedback about your writing from people, but you wanna be smart and strategic about who you ask and when you ask them, meaning that

Class Description


  • Organize your stories so they’re ready for the screen.

  • Write the screenplay you have always wanted to write.

  • Write strong story treatments that capture the attention of readers and executives.

  • Use a structured writing process that is productive, efficient, and deeply meaningful.

  • Watch movies and TV like you’ve never seen them before!


You have a great idea, but you’re not entirely sure where to start or how best to take it from napkin and notes to full-fledged screenplay. The process can be large and daunting without a structure in place to guide the way. Maybe you’re a writer looking for more clarity about structure. Or a writer who wants to move into film. Or even a director who wants to see the process from the perspective of a writer. This class is here to help.

Start your screenwriting journey with writer/director Julio Vincent Gambuto. Julio is a writer for film and television and a feature film director. He’s created content for Nickelodeon, PBS, E! Entertainment, and James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini. His latest project, Team Marco, is a family film, recently released by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

In this key foundational course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of the screenwriting craft, including story design, story structure, and a smart step-by-step process to keep your writing exciting and productive. By the end, you’ll write stories that can capture the attention of audiences and the business alike. 


  • How to identify your purpose as a writer and how to infuse your story with your specific message and voice.
  • What about “story design” and how to tell your stories with punch and passion.
  • The ten fundamentals of story design and how to use them.
  • Story structure and how acts break down for the screen.
  • How to architect the audience’s emotional journey.
  • The seed-to-script process — an efficient, smart workflow to keep you productive.


  • People who want to learn how to write movies and TV shows.
  • Writers who want to understand the fundamentals of craft for the screen.
  • Beginning screenwriters who want to root their work in a strong story technique.
  • Filmmakers who want to better understand story design and development.
  • Storytellers in all media who want to cross over to film and TV.
  • Creative people who want insights into the world of film and TV.


Meet Julio (“Giulio”). The son of a bus-driver-slash-bread-baker, Julio grew up in a large Italian family in the boroughs of New York City. His feature film, Team Marco, was released November 20 by Samuel Goldwyn Films. This year, his essay “Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting*” was the #2 story on all of Medium, with over 20M readers worldwide. He is currently developing the feature family comedy, The Julie Stories. In 2017, Julio founded Boro Five, an independent film and television content production company. He serves as Executive Producer of the company’s slate. Julio has written and produced film and television content for Samuel Goldwyn, Kerner Entertainment, Nickelodeon, PBS, E! Entertainment, Stone & Company Television, and James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini.


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!

Jack Vincent

I loved it. I've been a writer most of my life and transitioning into screenwriting. I've taken numerous courses and read many books. Julio's course was thorough and clear.. and no, we are no relation :-) I absolutely loved it.