A Great Script Fast Makes Screenwriting Easy!
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You Want To Learn How To Write A Great Script Fast?
is the hardest thing to learn for most digital filmmakers
or animators these days since the technology has become
so inexpensive and easy to use. How would you like to
write a great script in about 24 hours, while learning
almost everything you need to know to tell brilliant visual
stories for the rest of your life?
A Great Script From Start To Finish Fast!
out the new Hero Journey sample video class above, or
watch a free online 94 minute sample story class in 20
How long do you want to spend writing your script? Some
say it takes at least a year for a great feature script.
Maybe you need to spend a year reading a bunch of screenwriting
books first or go to film school? Or you could do this
fun 20 hour DVD story workshop and write a great script
super fast. This DV story workshop is now being used in
1000's of schools all over the world to teach students
how to write great stories for films!
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USB Sticks now shipping! By request these sticks contain 20 MP4 videos on an 8MB stick. Workbook still comes as a book and there are some typos, that cannot be fixed, due to some uneditable text. There are also some known audio issues with these 20 video files. You can always hear what I am saying, but sometimes the volume changes between sections. This problem was not discovered until the final cut. Apologies for the less than perfect audio, but this is still a great writing workshop for the value. Good luck with your story!
1: Introduction & Basic Story Structure:
Learn what other subjects you need to be studying to become
a great filmmaker, animator or visual storyteller and why.
The basics of three act structure stories are covered including
plot, character and theme. (69 min) Watch
2. Other Areas To Study
3. Story Goals
4. Story Basics
5. Plot, Theme & Character
2: Brainstorming For Story Ideas: Follow
along with a step-by-step process to come up with the perfect
film or story ideas for you! This DVD can be used whenever
you need to come up with lots of ideas fast. (68 min) Watch
Themes In Films
4. Story Flavors/Genres
5. Favorite Subjects
6. Digital Filmmaking
7. Final Story Ideas
9. Adding Plot Goals
10. Adding Theme
11. Attaching Antagonists
12. Final Story Pitch
3: Creating Original Characters:
the final story idea you came up with and develop your characters.
Learn over 28 character identification techniques to hook
your audience emotionally during the first five minutes and
see how Pixar does it in Finding Nemo. (63
min) Watch Sample
4: Character History:
Take the main characters in your story
idea and turn them into believable, emotionally complex beings
whom audiences will identify with and love to watch. Learn
how to create strong contrasting character trait sets for
your entire cast to create emotional fireworks. (54
min) Watch Sample
2. Universal & Unique Traits
3. Character Psychology
4. Character Fears
6. Hard Choices
8. Revealing Reactions
9. Character Traits
10. Finding Nemo Character Traits
6: Symbolic Story Elements:
Learn how to tell visual stories using
images, sounds, actions, objects, settings, lighting, color
and gestures. 100's of metaphors and symbols are explored
as you pick symbol sets to tell your own story. (53
min) Watch Sample
11: Setups & Short Film Plot Points:
how to use setups and payoffs, and how to tell a great story
in a short film or scene. Several
famous short films are deconstructed. (56 min) Watch
Best/Worst Plot Flips
2. Setups & Payoffs
3. Short Film Plot Points
4. Case Study: Lily & Jim
5. Case Study: The Last Supper
6. Case Study: Transit
12: Feature Plot Points & Symbolic
How easy would it be to write a feature
script if you had a 40 plot point guide? The classic film
Star Wars is broken down into 40 plot points then later used
to show how the same type of structure applies to many other
films such as Finding Nemo on DVD 13. Take each of your 40
plot points and attach a symbolic setting to help tell your
story visually. (60
min) Watch Sample
13: Treatments & Finding Nemo 40
Learn how to take your 40 plot points
and write a solid treatment for a script. Have you ever wanted
to create a Pixar level story? Watch as Finding Nemo is deconstructed
using the 40 plot points in a variety of different ways. (65
min) Watch Sample
Writing A Treatment
2. Finding Nemo 40 Plot Points
14: Adding Conflict:
amount of conflict in a film usually determines the level
of audience interest in your story. Take your story idea and
add layers upon layers of different forms of conflict and
obstacles to each plot point. Scene shapes for controlling
pacing and transitional scenes are also explored. (51
min) Watch Sample
Play Let’s Make It Worse
2. Scene Worksheets
3. Lingering Conflicts
4. Emotional Scene Arcs
5. Story Pacing
100's of techniques for adding layers upon layers of nail
biting suspense to every scene in your story. Modern
audiences like lots of suspense in each scene. (70 min) Watch
19: Humor & Screenwriting:
Learn 100's of techniques for adding
humor and funny moments to you film. Layer these ideas into
each scene. How to write a final script is also covered, along
with the 30 second short film plot structure. (59
min) Watch Sample
200+ Humor Ideas
2. The 30 Second Film
3. Writing The Script
4. Final Script
Minute Nutshell Sample Version DVD: Writing
A Great Script Fast In A Nutshell:
Try out the 20 hour DVD workshop by
using this Nutshell sample version now online for free. (94
min) Watch Free Online!
Brainstorming For Story Ideas
2. Developing Characters
3. Adding Twists & Plot Points
4. Metaphors & Symbols
5. Setups & Payoffs
6. Suspense Tips
7. Four Basic Types of Conflict
8. Humor Tips
along in your Writing A Great
Script Fast Workbook with the DVD classes
to create a great script or story fast! After each of the
sections listed above, you answer questions about your story
in the WAGSF Workbook to plan the invisible narrative structure.
This Workbook contains 1000's of brainstorming techniques
to keep the ideas flowing at each stage, presented in a simple
step-by-step universal visual story blueprint. A new version
of the Writing A Great Script Fast Workbook is now available
on Amazon.com. It is a little longer than the original workbook
at 317 pages printed in an 8 x 10 inch soft cover book.
are people saying about "Writing A Great Script Fast?"
is most useful screenwriting class I have ever seen with so many
ideas presented in an easy to understand way. It truly is a new
way to learn how to write a great script fast."- David S., Filmmaker, New York, NY
A Great Script Fast is hands down the best screenwriting class ever.
If you do not have literally years to spend taking classes and reading
books about screenwriting, then this workshop is for you. I would
recommend it highly to any writers looking to rise up to a more
professional level fast."- Michael C., Screenwriter, LA, CA
- Sid, Writer, Baton Rouge, LA
is exactly the way I like to learn, and I'm really enjoying this
DVD workshop. I can't imagine anyone who wants to be a screenwriter
not finding this visual training to be ideal. "
- Sandra, Teacher/Writer, CA
A Great Script Fast has really helped me in shaping my ideas.
Both on the macro level for story, and on the micro level for creating
- Bruce, Screenwriter, LA, CA
went to film school and they did not teach the subjects you are
teaching. Now that I am making a film, I understand how important
it is to know how to tell a visual story at every stage of production.
Writing A Great Script Fast is the best way to learn screenwriting
that I have seen."
- Jason, Animator, Canada
DVD Workshop should be required in every school for any kid or adult
who wants to make a living writing novels or movie scripts. Without
this type of information they will be lost."
- John G., Writer, New Jersey
my old screenplay idea through the whole 20 hour Writing A Great
Script Fast process and now it is finally ready to shoot. Thank
you for sharing this information."
- Joel S., Brooklyn, NY
is the only start to finish screenwriting class that gives you tips
every few minutes on how to make the film yourself using low budget
digital tools. Just watching the DVD's gives me hundreds of ideas
on how to create low budget animations and films. The story structure
information alone has given me the confidence to direct a team of
people through a long filmmaking process. "
- Andrew L., Filmmaker, London, UK
“Let me begin by stating that I am a produced writer with another
film in development. Two of my other screenplays have been optioned.
I watched several of the DVDs and read the workbook and found them both
to be packed with useful information that writers at any stage of their
career can benefit from.
Perhaps what is most useful is the number of ideas that the course gives
to stimulate your own imagination. It helps you come up with great ideas
for stories and helps you to develop well-rounded characters and more
interesting plots. For example, one of my favorite sections so far is
the list of 142 plot twists that you can adapt for your own story. Any
one of them, well-employed, can set your story off in a new and exciting
direction. Imagine if you used a few more.
The course covers so many of the essential elements of writing a great
script: coming up with story ideas, creating memorable characters, how
to effectively use the three act structure, where to place the major beats
of your story (something that producers look for) and so much more.
I highly recommend this course. That's all for now. I want to go watch
another one of the videos.”
A Great Script Fast" is now being used to teach
story to filmmakers, animators and writers all over the world! The
countries now using this workshop to teach story include 1000's
of schools in the US, China, Singapore, Canada, England, Sweden,
Germany, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, France, Japan, Ireland and Italy.
This new 20 hour DV story workshop seems to connect best with the
college crowd and above, but some high schools are using it for
their advanced students with great success. Teachers in many schools
are forming study groups, between the digital media and English
departments, going through the workshop together as a career development
project, then teaching it to their students across departments as
the new way to create engaging stories!
big thanks to everyone who is already using the workshop! The feedback
has been amazing.
is now selling this DVD workshop and it costs about $410 to buy
it in parts depending on shipping costs. The difference is that
if you buy it from Amazon, you get 19 DVDs with color printed cases
and color printed DVD faces. The Writing A Great Script Fast Workbook
from Amazon is a 317 page printed 8 x 10 inch book. If you buy the
Workshop from me directly, it comes in a three ring binder with
DVDs in insert pages. The Workbook from me is now also 317 pages
printed on standard 8.5 by 11 inch pages. The new Writing A Great
Script Fast Workbook is now available on Amazon as of 9/9/09.
does this DVD workshop help me to write a script fast?
along with 20 hours of DVD story coaching taking you through a fast
and unique step-by-step process for creating a brilliant script
or novel. These
are high resolution DVD movies guaranteed to work in 95% of DVD
TV set top players and 100% of standard Mac/PC computers. You
can also now download the entire workshop here.
Just fill in your answers to the questions in your WAGSF Workbook
to end up with a solid blueprint for any script, story or novel
new version of the Writing A Great Script Fast Workbook is
now available at Amazon.com!
It is a little longer than the original workbook at 317 pages
printed in an 8 x 10 inch book. Some people prefer to use
the workbook without the videos to plan their scripts and
story structure if price is an issue.
you follow along and answer the questions, you will have an almost
completely done script at the end of the process! You will need
to add a few descriptive sentences and dialogue lines but the basic
script will be done using the 20 hour version.
of the focus is on using digital microbudget filmmaking techniques
to create stories you can make yourself or with a small team for
almost no budget!
DVD Workshop will change the way you think about writing
scripts, making films and constructing visual stories with layers
of depth, suspense and humor. Learn important visual communication
skills you need for the 21st century, with a focus on using digital
tools to connect on a human to human emotional level, to deliver
your message or story.
us an email with the
subject line "DVDs" if you have any questions.
a sample movie about how to include invisible themes in your films
and stories from the new step-by-step "Writing
A Great Script Fast" DVD Workshop:
new in this DVD Workshop if I already read the book?
a Great Script Fast" is based in part on the first four chapters
of the book "Developing
Digital Short Films" now being used as a textbook at 100's
of film and animation schools around the world. If you have read
the book here is a list of some of the new things in the DVD Workshop:
Faster, easier, more simplified step-by-step story engine process
with lots of new steps too.
An all new 317page DVD Workbook is included that lays out all of
the new and expanded brainstorming idea lists for each step, charts,
questions and worksheets you need to fill in and answer to easily
generate a great screenplay, visual story or film idea.
Expanded brainstorming lists for 100's of techniques found in the
book plus new lists and techniques for creating scene reversals,
themes, humor, depth, suspense and much more!
Some of you have found the book to be too dense with information
to read. This DVD Workshop features Sherri teaching you the process
in the form of a fun animated TV Show! All you need is a pen or
pencil and 20 hours to create a great screenplay or visual novel
The best part of this "Writing A Great Script Fast" Workshop
is that after you go through the step-by-step process once, you
will automatically think of many of the techniques the next time
you go to write a script or story. You can also watch the DVDs again
for ideas when you are working on future projects.
you have any questions about the Workshop please send an email
with the subject line "DVD Workshop" so that we know your
message is not junk mail.
from these famous films and TV shows are used to explain key concepts:
Sopranos - Season 5
Of The Rings
History Of Violence
- Seasons 1-5
Bar, Transit and many more shorts, features, docs and music videos!
coming soon MyFlik.com Phase
2 featuring a free online digital film school, tutorials, digital
microbudget filmmaking articles, educational videos, films, networking,
jobs, funding and much more! MyFlik is for people who love great
storytelling in films and want to make their own using digital microbudget
want to be a filmmaker what should I do?"
get emails all the time from people who have read Developing
Digital Short Films asking what they should do about wanting
to be a filmmaker or animator - go to film school or make a film?
I tell them to just make the best film you can and use the money
you would have spent on film school to pay your expenses, while
making the film, or do it part time while working.
Out For Student Loans! Just Make A Great Film
you need the structure of a class to learn things like software,
check with local community colleges for digital arts programs. Community
colleges will teach you the same types of skills the private colleges
do that charge lots of money in tricky student loan deals. You do
not want to come out a two year digital arts program with $70,000
worth of student loans at 5-20% interest to start off your career
in debt. Many of these loans from private art schools have lots
of penalties and interest rate hikes, for things like a missed payment,
that can easily turn a $75,000 loan into $150,000 that cannot be
forgiven even in bankruptcies.
Post June 6, 2010: "Higher
Education Bubble About To Burst"
This new article talks about the same thing I am telling you here
about students loans, and the way the new path is a do it yourself
education approach for real world jobs and skills. People who are
buying this workshop are now selling scripts, getting million dollar
film deals, investors for their films (who want to see a great script
first), and getting their films into top festivals. Give me about
20 hours and I will teach you how to tell a visual story millions
of people will pay to see. Other people will pay you to write an
idea or create the film yourself using no budget filmmaking techniques.
Everything is converging right now to make being a filmmaker a viable
career path - especially in this job market.
visiting potential schools keep in the mind that the staff people
"helping" you to make a big decision, are actually sales
people who's job it is to get you to sign up for a student loan.
Media people and companies hire based on great demo reels and the
ability to produce professional looking work. Some companies will
not even look at your reel if you put a media school on your resume
they do not like, or think produces graduates they do not want to
If you want to make other people's films, and have the time and
money, you should go to a top notch film school. If you want to
write, direct and create your own ideas get this DVD workshop and
make a great film fast! Many people who have gone to film school
email me saying their school never covered the types of things I
talk about in Developing Digital Short Films and how important these
things are when actually making the film yourself. Most film schools
will leave you in debt to the tune of $40,000 -$100,000 with no
film to sell, competing for a very small number of film or animation
jobs available each year to graduates. If you were to take this
story class from me at the art school I use to teach at on the graduate
level, it would cost about $2500 and you would not be getting any
can now make a digital feature film for about $3000 worth of equipment.
We will be posting a list of the types of equipment we use soon.
To make a feature film even a few years ago you had to come up with
$100 per minute just to pay for film stock and processing. DV tapes
cost about $4 for 60 minutes. It is very easy to hit the record
button on a modern digital video camera, point it at something interesting,
capture the footage into your computer, edit and output to DVD in
a snap. The hard part is coming up with a great idea or story to
shoot. This new DVD workshop will help you to think in a completely
new way about creating stories by seeing, hearing, reading and participating
in a fun to watch animated TV show storytelling workshop. These
DVDs are high resolution full of motion graphics, 3D animation and
digital video techniques. They are guaranteed to work in 95% of
DVD set top players and 100% of standard Mac and PC computers.
of the new techniques presented in "Writing A Great Script
Fast" are designed to help you think like a professional visual
storyteller, while deepening your film idea and making it more emotionally
engaging. This will make you more enthusiastic about getting your
film project into production, while attracting top investors and
talent. It also works great for rewriting existing screenplays or
getting ideas on how to fix problem films already in production.
A Great Script Fast is not a film theory workshop. This class
is designed to get you into motion and excited about creating
your dream film projects now!
do not need to have read the book "Developing
Digital Short Films" to benefit from this workshop. "Writing
A Great Script Fast" has been specifically designed to be a
complete and simplified screenwriting process. If you have read
the book, or are in the middle of doing the step-by-step process,
this workshop will speed up your progress and deepen your understanding
of creating digitally enhanced scripts and visual storytelling techniques.
to read what other people are saying about using the step-by-step
process presented in the book.
went into Writing A Great Script Fast?
is a list of resources I have used over the years to come up with
my unique step-by-step story process. The best ideas and visual
narrative techniques were harvested from these sources and folded
into a simple step-by-step process for writing a great script or
The Art Of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri
Writing Screenplays That Sell by Michael Hauge
Creating Unforgettable Characters by Linda Seger
Making a Good Script Great by Linda Seger
Story by Robert McKee
Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
Screenplay by Syd Field
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler
All of Michael Dougan's screenwriting classes at FAF in SF
Computers As Theatre by Brenda Laurel
Adventures In The Screen Trade by William Goldman
The Illusion Of Life by Frank Thompson and Ollie Johnson
The Bare Bones Camera Book
Writing Short Films by Linda Cowgill
Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect by Johnson
Making A Good Writer Great by Linda Seger
101 Things They Don't Teach You In Filmschool
In The Blink Of An Eye by Walter Murch
Deconstructing 100's of films and stories
were other sources too but these above are the main ones. A great
deal of time was spent weeding out information that was interesting
but not very useful for writing scripts. I then went and deconstructed
100's of films, TV shows, animations, myths and stories to find
out how they really worked. All of this information was folded into
the step-by-step process that has now been used by 1000's of people
and continually refined over the last 10 years through much research,
trial and error.
writing a script or a novel it is very easy to get lost, run out
of steam or find yourself with a great idea that is missing something
you cannot quite put your finger on but can feel it lacking. By
going through this story building process you will fill out your
idea in layers that play together like instruments in an orchestra.
step-by-step story engine process allows you try out 1000's of basic
storytelling techniques at least once, while weaving together a
great original tale. And the best part is that the next time you
go to think up another story idea, you will remember many of the
step-by-step techniques to help you craft great ideas fast for the
rest of your life.
of this workshop as a universal storytelling blueprint engine. You
can throw any idea at it and walk away with a brilliant script idea
in about 20 hours. Now how fun is this creative possibility if you
are a writer or filmmaker?
need to tell and hear stories is essential to the species
Homo sapiens--second in necessity apparently after nourishment
and before love and shelter. Millions survive without love
or home, almost none in silence; the opposite of silence leads
quickly to narrative, and the sound of story is the dominant
sound of our lives, from the small accounts of our day's events
to the vast incommunicable constructs of psychopaths."
A Great Script Fast" is an ideal gift for:
filmmakers writing scripts
- both traditional and modern computer animators
Change Filmmakers - Recently Unemployed? Make a film to sell!
video artists developing film ideas
now in classes using the book "Developing Digital Short Films"
who would rather watch a video about the book than read the whole
who do not have anyone to teach a screenwriting or digital preproduction
class may use the DVD Workshop with the book and Workbooks to
teach a virtual class
or independent study students working on film or new media final
or thesis projects who need guidance on planning out their story
ideas and writing scripts
who need help planning out their stories
Independent filmmaking groups who want to use the DVD Workshop
to teach screenwriting and preproduction to members with the Workbooks
who have access to a DV camera and want to make a film one day
but do not know where to start or how to write a script
libraries that would like a copy of the DVD Workshop for students
to check out on loan to help supplement coursework materials
DVD class for teaching visual storytelling, screenwriting and
thinking about writing their life story or the history of a family
Designers or Developers creating emotionally engaging interactive
stories or games
people or kids with ADD thrive in this DVD class structure
trip car DVD workshop to create a great film or story idea
systems looking for a video server based digital story class solution
wonderful gift idea for any budding filmmaker, writer or visual
the gift of story structure! These DVDs are a great
resource for people interested in filmmaking or storytelling who
do not usually read books but like watching educational TV shows.
A useful tool for anyone interested in telling visual stories with
their work! Use the techniques presented in this DVD workshop to
get your feature film funded and in production at MyFlik.com
"Your Online Movie Studio."™
you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary
project, all your thoughts break their bounds; Your mind transcends
limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction,
and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world.
Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you
discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever
dreamed yourself to be."