Learn To Write Movies: Screenwriting Step by Step

John Watts, Writer/Driector

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23 Videos (3h 58m)
    • Introduction

    • What is your concept?

    • Making your goal compelling.

    • Connecting with your hero.

    • Creating empathy.

    • Your hero's transformational arc.

    • A good baddie.

    • Contrast and villains.

    • Understanding theme.

    • Theme case study.

    • Supporting characters.

    • Why use Structure?

    • Act 1 - The First 10 Pages

    • Act 1 - The Inciting Incident

    • Act 2 - Part 1

    • Act 2 - Part 2

    • Act 3

    • The two deadly sins of Screenwriting.

    • The key to great description.

    • What goes into making a great scene?

    • Keeping your readers enthralled.

    • Dialogue techniques.

    • The end?

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About This Class

Have you got a great idea for a movie but are unsure how to write the script? Think screenwriting is too hard? Or maybe you've always wanted to be a script writer but didn't really know where to start... Well, I've got you covered.

Learn to Write Movies takes aspiring writers through the art of screenwriting, step by step. It covers all you need to know, from coming up with concepts and creating characters to theme, employing structure and writing techniques. With a mix of theory, examples from modern movies and worksheets to fill out as you go through the course, it will give you the confidence to write a great script, first time.


Each section of the course concentrates on a particular facet of your screenplay.

  • Concept  
  • Hero/Protagonist
  • Villain/Antagonist
  • Theme
  • Supporting Characters
  • Structure
  • Writing
  • Constructing Scenes
  • Dialogue

We will go over each area in detail so that by the time you have completed the course and filled out the included worksheets, you will have your entire movie planned out and have all the knowledge you need to finish an amazing script.

The presentations can be downloaded here: Learn To Write Movies Presentation

By the end of the course you will:

  • Have all the knowledge you need in order to write a great screenplay.
  • By filling in the worksheets as you go, you will have planned out your entire movie by the end of this course!
  • Create 3 dimensional, memorable characters that will get a Producer's attention.
  • Understand theme and how to use it to take your writing to the next level.
  • Structure your movie to Hollywood standards.
  • Write captivating scenes and keep your readers on the edge of their seats.
  • Get the most out of your ideas and turn them in to winning concepts.

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Not even done with this, but I absolutely love it. I have been working with this idea for several months, but after listening to just half an hour of this lecture, I feel so much more prepared to tackle it.
This is EXACTLY what I've been looking for!! So detailed, so much information that, as a newbie to the screenwriting world, you NEED and can't always find.
This course is extremely detailed! I'm not quite done with it, but even after watching just the first couple lessons, you brought to my attention just what was lacking in my concept and hero. It's very long, but I swear it's more than worth the time! It's easily the most helpful and clear course on this subject I've taken. I feel so much more confident writing my script after this. Can't thank you enough! :)
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John Watts


John has been working in the film and television industry for nearly 20 years. He started his career with the BBC, ITV and various Sky channels before moving over to the film industry where he is now a professional writer. John holds a masters degree in Screenwriting, has sold scripts in the USA, UK and China and has been a script doctor to countless more.

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