WRITING THE DOCUMENTARY FILM
FOUR-WEEK ONLINE COURSE
Starts Thursday, March 30, 2017
Documentary writing requires research and an understanding of the audience’s expectations, and how the writer can keep an open mind when challenged by the unforeseen, including the exposing of surprising material and interview subjects’ unexpected responses. This course will examine and offer specific strategies for writing and planning a documentary.
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March 30 – April 27
Join me March 9 – April 6 for my online 4-week class
This four-week class is the perfect introduction to the world of writing a script, from the fundamentals of the story down to the revision process. In this course, you will gain the tools to structure your scenes, your acts, and your plots.
At each step, you will receive comprehensive feedback on assignments targeted to develop the skills needs to thrive as a screenwriter.
The lessons in this course include video instruction.
“The course was well outlined and a terrific help in getting the script properly structured. The instructor was supportive and gave fantastic advice with positive feedback.” – Jen B.
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Join my Webinar: September 12, 2016 1:00 PM PT / 4:00 PM (You don’t need to be ‘live’ to join!)
At a Glance
- During this live webinar, you’ll learn what film executives seek in a winning screenplay.
- Gain an understanding of Diablo Cody’s work.
- Learn how to write captivating characters while staying true to your plot.
Capturing the attention of film industry folks is vital to getting a screenplay out of the proverbial drawer and onto the silver screen. Your screenplay must stand out in the crowded and competitive world of scripts with not only compelling characters and powerful plots, but a distinct voice. Fitting that bill is — Academy Award winning screenwriter Diablo Cody, (Best Original Screenplay Juno) — whose thought-provoking characters challenge storytelling expectations by both following and breaking the traditional narrative rules.
Susan Kouguell will explore Cody’s distinctive writing while using it to teach you how to write a better script. Kouguell brings to this class a unique perspective; working in various capacities in the film industry, as a writer of over a dozen feature assignments, as a story analyst and story editor in the development departments of studios and independent production companies, and as a screenplay and film consultant at her company Su-City Pictures East, LLC since 1990. Susan will offer insights into both film executives’ and audience’s expectations without compromising your creativity and vision, incorporating her industry experience as a script consultant, screenwriting professor and author of Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays!.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- What film executives demand in a successful screenplay.
- Analysis of films by the same writer to illustrate a variety of approaches to consider.
- How to discover the core of your characters.
- How to avoid common screenwriting pitfalls.
- Tools on creating characters an audience will care about
- Insights on Diablo Cody’s most popular characters
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Screenwriters seeking insights to elevate their characters
- Screenwriters seeking tips for writing success from an industry insider who’s been in the film trenches (and survived) for over 25 years.
- Aspiring and professional writers looking for hands-on and inspiring tools for constructing compelling characters.
- Writers who’ve had their scripts rejected and want to learn why.
- Writers who want to challenge themselves.
- Anyone intrigued and interested to learn more about Diablo Cody’s work.
- Writers, filmmakers, and producers living and working anywhere on the globe curious to learn more about the craft of writing.
BONUS: With purchase of this webinar, you will receive $79.99 off of a yearly subscription to the Screenwriting Tutorials website, which has specialized tutorials from experts that explore screenwriting topics covered nowhere else on the web!
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Webinar: Making Your Screenplay a Success with Susan Kouguell
Monday, Monday, April 25| 1:00-3:00pm EST
Regular Rate: $25.00 | (discount rate) $15.00
Whether you are working on your first screenplay or you’ve got several under your belt, this workshop will help you hone your craft and better understand the business of screenwriting. Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker Susan Kouguell will cover key elements of screenwriting including analysis of structure, plot, characters, story ideas, dialogue genre, and underlying themes. This webinar promises to be a great primer for anyone wanting to learn about the craft of dramatic writing, how to write for the screen, and how to market your work
LIVE WEBINAR: Write and Sell Nonlinear Screenplays: Nolan, Kaufman, Tarantino, and More — with Susan Kouguell
Monday, March 14, 2016 1:00 PM PT / 4:00 PM ET
At a Glance
- A live webinar detailing the essential elements for writing a nonlinear narrative screenplay.
- Reveals film executives’ evaluating process to determine if a nonlinear narrative script is successful.
- Discover specific tools on strengthening and writing nonlinear narrative screenplays.
Please note: If you purchase any webinar, you will get a recorded version of the webinar sent to you after the presentation day. So if you can’t attend live, you will still get all the materials.
ABOUT THE WEBINAR
Writing a nonlinear narrative feature screenplay demands a comprehensive understanding of storytelling structure. This webinar will discuss nonlinear storytelling with an eye to the theory that screenwriters must understand the conventional rules of screenwriting in order to successfully break them. Anticipating and understanding what film industry folks require is essential to writing a screenplay that breaks the rules of the traditional three-act structure.
During this live webinar, Susan Kouguell will offer specific tips for creating nonlinear narrative scripts. Advice and discussion will include analyses of both traditional and nonlinear structures seen in various films, strengthening visual storytelling, developing and implementing character and plot conflicts, and genre consistency. Discussion will also cover understanding film executives’ expectations without compromising the writer’s vision and creativity.