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The Screenwriters Toolkit

with Jim Uhls

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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
  • Genre-writing

Jim will also share essential insights on developing a career in screenwriting. 

You’ll learn:

  • 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.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    What We Will Discuss in the Course

  2. 02

    Vocabulary & Basic Style Rules

    Learn the elements of a formatted screenplay and the phrases used to set the scene and direct the action.

  3. 03

    The Three-Act Structure

  4. 04

    Creating Your Lead Character

  5. 05

    Interview Your Lead Character

  6. 06

    Creating Supporting Character(s) & Antagonist

  7. 07

    How to Build a Scene

  8. 08

    Student Scene Breakdowns

  9. 09

    Act One: How to Write Plot Point One

  10. 10

    Act Two: How to Write Plot Point Two

  11. 11

    Act Three: The Climax & Advanced Techniques

  12. 12

    Teleplay: Five Act Structure

  13. 13

    How to Create a Series

  14. 14

    Creating the Pilot

  15. 15

    Creating the Seasons

  16. 16

    Advice for Just Starting

  17. 17

    How to Get an Agent

  18. 18

    The Pitch & The Notes Meeting

  19. 19

    How to Deal with Uncertainty

  20. 20

    The Mindset of the Decision Makers

  21. 21

    Final Q & A


Meet Your Expert

Jim Uhls

Jim Uhls wrote "Fight Club," directed by David Fincher; "Jumper," directed by Doug Limon; and the NBC television film, "Semper Fi," produced by Steven Spielberg. He is currently working with Shane Black on a new big screen adaptation of "The ... read more

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  • pdf Student Scene - KimGrimes - ITEM5.pdf
  • pdf Student Scene - Maria Maella - Bring Me An Avocado.pdf
  • pdf Student Scene - Matthew Baltar - Cold Open.pdf

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  • Karla KL Brady

    February 2016

    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.

  • user-39c2f8

    June 2015

    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".

  • Bernadette


    January 2016

    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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