The Screenwriters Toolkit
with Jim Uhls
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02 Vocabulary & Basic Style Rules17:33
Class duration: 4h 44mSee all 21 lessons
About The Class
how to write a screenplay.
Screenwriting classes often either lean too heavily on theory or simply study the technical approach to writing without a greater context for its use, as if the act of screenwriting exists in a vacuum – it does not. In The Screenwriters Toolkit with Jim Uhls, you’ll learn both the nuts and bolts of the craft, as well as its relationship to getting your work read and ultimately produced.
Jim’s sceenwriting credits include the modern classic “Fight Club” the feature-film "Jumper" the NBC television film "Semper Fi" and the SyFy miniseries "Spin" In this class, he’ll share lessons from his extensive experience writing for Hollywood and the small screen. He’ll teach you how to develop better scripts, get traction for your projects, and navigate the complex professional landscape of script development.
You’ll learn about screenwriting form and content, including:
- Vocabulary and formats
- Dialogue vs silence
- Adapting existing works for the screen
Jim will also share essential insights on developing a career in screenwriting.
- The differences between writing for television and features
- Who to work with: agents vs managers vs lawyers
- How to obtain and manage projects of various sizes and contexts
The Screenwriters Toolkit is a comprehensive examination of screenwriting form, content, craft, and traffic. You’ll learn how to adapt your content to the size, genre, and desired professional result of the script while also learning about the best on-ramps for aspiring writers.
What We Will Discuss in the Course04:39
Vocabulary & Basic Style Rules
Learn the elements of a formatted screenplay and the phrases used to set the scene and direct the action.17:33
The Three-Act Structure01:23
Creating Your Lead Character12:13
Interview Your Lead Character14:45
Creating Supporting Character(s) & Antagonist17:59
How to Build a Scene16:21
Student Scene Breakdowns31:30
Act One: How to Write Plot Point One15:14
Act Two: How to Write Plot Point Two16:56
Act Three: The Climax & Advanced Techniques19:42
Teleplay: Five Act Structure02:38
How to Create a Series10:33
Creating the Pilot06:45
Creating the Seasons23:07
Advice for Just Starting11:06
How to Get an Agent10:52
The Pitch & The Notes Meeting10:41
How to Deal with Uncertainty11:50
The Mindset of the Decision Makers18:50
Final Q & A10:13
Script Presentation Reference PDFs.pdf
Student Scene - KimGrimes - ITEM5.pdf
Student Scene - Maria Maella - Bring Me An Avocado.pdf
Student Scene - Matthew Baltar - Cold Open.pdf
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I would definitely recommend this class for first-time screenwriters and writers in general. I'm a novelist that would like to turn a couple of my stories into screen plays. I was mostly interested in the "dos and don'ts" which he supplied in a generous number. He gave a lot of great examples. I enjoyed the format with the students and he pretty much walks you through the entire process, including and especially the three-act structure which can be applicable to novel writing, too. He gave a lot of great examples. I would have liked a more extensive discussion on loglines and writing the action, but this certainly is enough to get you started. For the price, you can't beat it.
I came to this site by accident and then found some well known internet marketers here, who had already been sending me helpful emails and offers for some time, which I have used. What I like about the video contents is, that it is good old-fashioned skills and crafts development, rather than just formulaic, churn it out in big numbers advice. Whether screen writing, script writing, creative writing, news writing, etc. there is a structure and guideline for contents, order, grammar, etc., but the appeal is towards the development of one's creative side. I am normally involved in non-fiction writing, so this is a nice, creative side-kick, which no doubt will help my other work. As prolific author Isaac Asimow said, "If you want to learn to write, then you must write". http://www.bestbusinessdevelopmentcoaching.com/
I would certainly recommend it to others, as there are some really great tips throughout the courses, across various aspects of film script writing.. That said, I would like to recommend however: - to have one version that is focused solely on film writing; eliminating the parts about teleplays and series, as those one or two did not relate to the rest of the course. - in its place, I would have loved to observe the coaching and critique on the writers film ideas, loglines, titles and such. I was very interested in knowing the do's and don'ts, what works and doesn't work, and what the proper approach is. Although he made mention of some of them in his overall content, relating them back to the writer's specific work would have been very beneficial.
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