THE EUROSCRIPT ONLINE CLASSROOM
Can’t travel to any of our workshops?
Online versions of some of our workshops are now available through UDEMY - our online training platform.
MODULE ONE and MODULE TWO consist of nineteen short brainstorming exercises combined with technical tips to get you writing straight away. Further modules are coming shortly including one for comedy writers.
Here’s the line-up:
MODULE ONE: START WRITING YOUR SCREENPLAY RIGHT NOW
1. Where do I start as a brand-new screenwriter? FREE
Get writing right now BUT take a small step first by writing something short. Then learn how to progress both in screenwriting and comedy writing.
2. Create great plot twists by changing ‘attitude’
Creating a satisfying plot is difficult but essential. Here's a brainstorm to give you a shortcut into developing great twists.
3. Create great plot twists by changing ‘choice’ FREE
More tips on how to create a plot which twists. The 'choices' people make are key to revealing their attitude at any point in the story and here a brainstorm to help you learn this.
4. How to download free screenwriting software FREE
You don't need to write using screenplay software but it helps speed things up. This is a quick guide to how to get onto a site which gives it to you for free.
5. Learn how to format your screenplay correctly FREE
Your screenplay won't be read unless it's written in correct screenplay format. Here's an essential guide to help you learn quickly.
6. It’s all about CHANGE
Creating characters who change their values is at the heart of great storytelling. Here's a powerful way to help you design this kind of character.
7. How to use images to describe your character
Film is a visual medium so you need to use images to tell your story and describe your character. Here's how you do it.
8. How to think up a great movie title FREE
Thinking up an effective film title is probably one of the most important tasks you'll have to do - especially in this age of instant access - you have a few seconds to grab your viewer - so here are a few tips on how to do that.
9. How to speak ‘Screenplay’
Like any craft, screenwriting has its own 'lingo'. Here's how to speak it!
10. Use your short film to show off and get work
If you want to work as a screenwriter you need a powerful calling card and there's nothing better than a brilliant short film. Here's a brainstorm to help you make one.
MODULE TWO: THE SCREENWRITER'S BUILDING BLOCKS AND MORE GREAT BRAINSTORMS
11. How to create effective story goals FREE
A simple story well told - that's what everyone's looking for - but to pull that off is easier said than done. This brainstorm will keep your story on track by helping you nail a strong and consistent goal.
12. How to develop your plot using goals and shifting attitudes
Once you've designed your goal you need to work out what your central character's 'attitude' is to that goal. Here's how.
13. A fun brainstorm to help you ‘get’ GENRE FREE
Choose a genre from one of these and rewrite your story. Try it out as a horror. Then as a musical! See how it changes.
14. How to use tribal signifiers to create a great character FREE
Learn how to build a character with depth who feels 'real' and 'believable'. Use images if possible as well as words.
15. Using ‘Expertise’ in your movie
You'll be surprised how many films use 'expertise' to add texture to the story - here's how to use 'Expertise' to improve your screenplay.
16. How to create a dynamic central relationship
People are boring on their own. Relationships form the heart of many great stories. Here's how to building one quickly and effectively.
17. What is a screenplay? What is film?
A film uses images to tell your story. A screenplay is a describer of images. This video explains how and way.
18. A quick guide to ‘Conventional Screenplay Structure’ FREE
Every professional screenwriter should know the basics of 'three-act screenplay structure' so here it is!
19. When you’re stuck 'BORROW' THE PLOT
They say there are only seven plots. Who knows if that's true but here are a few story 'shapes' to help you out if you're stuck on your own plot.