Crash Course to Filmmaking: Screenwriting
Everything You Need to Know About Screenwriting
Have you ever wanted to make a short film but didn’t know where to start? Have you been sitting on a great story idea for months and aren’t sure how to get the words on the page?
In this course, you will step into the shoes of the screenwriter, learning both the creative and technical sides of writing a screenplay.
Part 1 - Planning Your Idea
If you are coming in with writer's block or if you are having trouble developing an idea, Part 1 will provide you with the necessary skills to beat your blockage once and for all. You will also start to map out your main character's journey while learning how to apply the 3 Act Structure to your story.
Part 2 - How to Tell a Better Story
In Part 2, you will go beyond the main character's story arc in order to focus on the supporting characters and subplots that will add depth to your film.
Part 3 - Subtext and Backstory
In Part 3, character backstory will be introduced, which will help you create and refine your characters' personalities. You will also learn what subtext is and how to incorporate it so that your dialogue feels more realistic.
Part 4 - Screenwriting Software
And finally, in Part 4, you will get to see what screenwriting software is out there and how to use it. Sticking to industry level formatting is crucial for your screenplay, so you won't want to miss this before you get your words on the page.
Are you ready to start writing your screenplay?
Hayley earned her B.F.A in Film and Television Production at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has since gone on to work professionally as a videographer and editor for a variety of companies in New York City.
Learning from top industry professionals in every aspect of producing, directing, and editing, she knew she wanted to share what she learned with other young filmmakers hoping to break into the industry.
Hayley began her YouTube channel, WhatTheFilmSchool, and has partnered with FilmCourse.org to educate the next generation of filmmakers.
Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
- Roman Polanski, director
Frequently Asked Questions
When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, 'no, I went to films'.
- Quentin Tarantino
With rising tuition costs for film school, turning to the Internet is a great option for learning about all aspects of filmmaking. FilmCourse.org is dedicated to educating and investing in the next generation of filmmakers by harnessing the knowledge and industry level expertise of our instructors.
Whether you're in it to produce your own film, or work for the filmmaking industry, there's no reason why you have to go to a traditional film school anymore if you can get the same education online and produce the same amazing content.