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Screenwriting for Film and Television: How to Begin

Lesson 24 of 24

Next Steps

 

Screenwriting for Film and Television: How to Begin

Lesson 24 of 24

Next Steps

 

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Next Steps

Welcome to video 25 this'll section is next steps kind of a boring name. Let's rename it Go do it. I want you to go do it. Go and write the story you've always wanted to write. Go and write the screenplay. Make that movie, get that show on the air, Go and do it It's so important to just get into action. I really, truly hope that this class has been helpful. I really hope that it's a significant part of your writing journey and that you are able to take away some really, really valuable things from it. Bonus materials on this page, there's a ton of them. Check them out. Print, um, work with them. I hope that there really helpful to you. Also, some really cool resource is if you're if you're a reader, I know you're a writer, but if you're a reader and particularly like screenwriting textbooks, these air my Bibles thes are the ones that I really, really love and highly recommend. One is story by Robert McKee. Story by Robert McKee is a fantastic, really in depth tome of a book that will h...

elp you understand structure and style and the principles of screen Writing. The Hero's Journey By Joseph Campbell Joseph Campbell has a number of books about myth and mythmaking and the hero Check them out. It's an incredible primer for all of the work that we're doing. The art of Dramatic Writing by Lejos agree. This is a great book about premise, a great book, especially for screenwriters and for theater writers. And for anybody who works in drama, it's really a wonderful, wonderful introduction and exploration of what creates drama in a scene and then save the cat. Save the Cat is a really great book. The premise here of the book is you've got to create a likable character and, if not likable, sympathetic so that the audience identifies with that person and is rooting for them. And so Blake Snyder's advice is to start your movie by saving the cat, having them having the protagonists do something that elicits affection from the audience. Affection is my words, not his. So those are your resource. Is those air books? You've got your bonus materials. I want to give you a couple of websites to check out. First one is my website. I'm at Giulio Vincent dot com. From there, you can connect to all my socials. Join me, follow. It's good to be in touch. I'm a writer. I love writing. I love that you're writing and happy to be a part of that journey. Simply scripts dot com. It's a really great website, for it's basically a bank of scripts, and you can pull up free copies of PDF's of screenplays and TV projects. And finally john august dot com. John August is an incredible screenwriter. He wrote Big Fish, which is one of my favorite movies. I follow along his website. He's got great great tips on writing. He's got examples. He's got treatments. He's got all sorts of really great resource is on his site. So check that out. Lastly, I want to say thank you, thank you to you for taking the class and being a part of my journey. I hope that I've been a significant part of your writing journey. Thank you to our friends at creative life for having me. This has been a wonderful experience and, you know, I started as a writer very young in my life. I was probably nine or 10 when I first wrote a short story actually was a poem about my family, and I wrote a poem, My family, My parents were having this, like, particularly tense and toxic moment in their relationship. And I wrote this really over the top, totally histrionic dramatic poem about how my mother's tears formed a puddle at the base of our family tree, and it was published in the school literary magazine, and the school literary magazine went home in the mail, and my dad discovered it. My dad read the poem and chased me into the bathroom, chased me up the steps into the bathroom, closed the door. He banged down the door, busted his way through it and said, If you ever write about this family again, I'm gonna shove that typewriter where the sun don't shine And I said, Uh, I don't have a typewriter, but I really want one for Christmas and I haven't stopped writing about my family since I read about a lot of other things now, as an adult as well. The point. Don't stop writing. Just keep writing, no matter what the obstacles are. Even if that obstacle happens to be a 5 ft 10 Harry Italian man who is telling you not to do it. Do it. Just do it. Hope this class has been good for you Season.

Class Description

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • 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!

ABOUT JULIO'S CLASS:

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. 

Learn:

  • 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.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • 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.


ABOUT JULIO:

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.


Lessons

  1. Getting Started

    In this module, you’ll meet your instructor and learn about his background and his journey as a screenwriter. Then we’ll take a look at how to maximize this class. Additional points include important screenwriting resources, best practices, and case study movies.

  2. The Power of Stories

    In this lesson, we’ll explore why stories are so effective as a communications tool, what makes for a powerful story, and how best to decide if your story is a movie, a TV show, or something else. Understand the power of images, events, drama, and the like.

  3. Key Concepts

    In this lesson, we’ll focus on the key distinction between structure and formula so that you can best utilize the tools in this course.

  4. Analyzing Stories

    In this lesson, we’ll break down a story and you’ll learn how to analyze a story.

  5. Writer’s Purpose

    In this lesson, we’ll determine your purpose. What is it that you want to say with this work? You’ll learn how to clarify that message and embed it in your screenplay’s core message and premise.

  6. Story Design

    In this lesson, we’ll introduce the concept of story design and explore a new way to think about developing your stories.

  7. Story Design: Setting

    In this lesson, we’ll dive into story design and into the ten fundamentals of all stories. You’ll learn how to identify those fundamentals in your story and in others, as well as how to think about and develop the specific fundamentals of the screenplay you are developing.

  8. Story Design: Hero
  9. Story Design: Want
  10. Story Design: Villain
  11. Story Design: Conflict
  12. Story Design: Angel
  13. Story Design: Gift
  14. Story Before/After
  15. Using Emotion

    This lesson will focus on the tenth fundamental: emotion. In this module, we’ll explore an emotion chart and learn how to use it as a companion to your writing.

  16. Story Structure

    In this lesson, we’ll take a look at story structure (a.k.a. architecture) and how to lay out an effective story structure.

  17. Act 1

    Learn what makes for a successful first act.

  18. Act 2

    Learn what makes up Act 2 and how to structure the largest act into sub-acts for best effect.

  19. Act 3

    Learn how to design your final act and what it needs to include to be truly powerful.

  20. Seed-to-Script Process

    In this lesson, we’ll introduce the seed-to-script process. You’ll learn a 10-step step-by-step process to move from a logline to a full screenplay. Learn how to organize your time and your writing so that you progress and stay motivated and productive.

  21. The Treatment

    In this lesson, we’ll look deeper at the “treatment” and how to use it as a sales tool.

  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.

  23. Feedback

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

  24. Next Steps

    In this lesson, we’ll wrap up and discuss next steps, including how to get your work read, as well as Julio’s follow-up courses, Screenwriting 2 and 3.

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.

LeCompte
 

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.