Screenwriting: The Art of the First Draft
with Hal Ackerman
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04 Step 2: Choose What Story to Write31:51
Class duration: 5h 28mSee all 18 lessons
About The Class
get your script on paper.
In this class, Hal Ackerman will teach you how to jumpstart the writing process and complete a written first draft of your screenplay. You’ll learn how to:
- Organize your ideas into scenes and acts
- Approach character development and dialogue
- Take next steps after the first draft is complete
Screenwriting: The Art of the First Draft is your opportunity to learn how to conquer one of screenwriting’s greatest challenges and get your ideas developed and down on paper.
Why Focus on the First Draft?06:42
Step 1: Overcome Your Fear of Writing12:13
The Importance of a Writing Schedule04:26
Step 2: Choose What Story to Write
What makes something become a compelling story? It takes more than surveillance camera footage.31:51
What Makes a Compelling Story?17:29
The Protagonist's Journey & Desire22:47
Step 3: Understanding the Three Act Structure08:05
Script Structure: Events Along the Journey11:52
Tools for Shaping Your Script20:28
Step 4: Write Act 121:56
Step 5: Write Acts 2 & 322:41
Step 6: How to Generate Conflict31:16
Step 7: Understand Your Character's World22:12
Add Color to the Scene: Dialouge14:12
Flashbacks, Voiceover & Non-linear Scenes31:00
Celebrating the Milestone09:51
How to Get Constructive Feedback18:33
Making Your Elevator Pitch21:16
Resource Guide - Script Contests
Sample Script Pages
The Godfather Scenogram
Character and Writers Objective Diagrams
100% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.
Hal Ackerman is the Man!!! Loved this course and will be watching it again. Mr. Ackerman is one of those people who truly wants to help you get better at your craft. He's encouraging yet realistic about what it takes to write a great screenplay. I highly recommend this interesting and helpful class.
After taking a number of other screenwriting courses, I can tell you that Hal Ackerman's course, The Art of the First Draft, is the BEST EVER!! His methodology of teaching is fantastic. He takes you on this journey from start to finish in a way that you WILL KNOW how to write a script by the time you finish this course. I liked how he used examples throughout his training to help you better understand screenwriting. If you really want to learn how to be a good screenwriter, then I would highly recommend taking Hal's course. You won't be disappointed.
I've read a lot of books on the subject and I've been to a few seminars. Hal Ackerman's class is genuinely one of the best and the most helpful classes I have experienced. What makes the class so great is that every concept has you putting pen to paper or fingers on keyboard right away. Ackerman really has tools that are called to be used. Thanks for the wonderful resource.
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