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?


In's Crash Course on Filmmaking, we'll cover way more than just screenwriting. From pre-production, to production and post, check it out now for free!

Your Instructor

Hayley Karis
Hayley Karis

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 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 does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Can I take this course if I live outside of the USA?
Yes! Whether you are working full time, in middle school, in high school, never been to film school, living outside of the United States, or even looking to pick up filmmaking as a hobby, this course is right for you! All the basics of short filmmaking will be covered in an easy to follow, step by step process that will allow you to work on your own film as you go.
Can I take this course even if I don't have any experience?
Yes! If you’ve never even worked on a movie set before or if you don’t know what industry level formatted screenplays are, then you will learn it all here! And even if you have worked on films before and just want to brush up on your skills, then you’ve come to the right place. All you need to do is come in with an idea and leave with a short film.
When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, 'no, I went to films'.

- Quentin Tarantino

Online Filmmaking

With rising tuition costs for film school, turning to the Internet is a great option for learning about all aspects of filmmaking. 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.

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