YOU’RE KNOWN FOR WRITING HORROR MOVIES, DO YOU HAVE TO WANT TO WRITE A HORROR FILM TO TAKE YOUR CLASS?
No, not at all. Although I’m known for horror, horror is nothing but drama with a lot of blood. The tenants of a great script rely on the basic principles of dialogue, character and pacing. So anyone interested in screenwriting can take this class and get something out of it.
I’VE WRITTEN A FEW SCRIPTS AND I KNOW MY WAY AROUND FINAL DRAFT, WILL THIS COURSE BE HELPFUL TO ME?
Yes, absolutely. This course is about being a working screenwriter, so whether you’re a member of the WGA or just getting started on your first script, you can benefit from this class.
I’VE NEVER WRITTEN A SCRIPT, WILL THIS CLASS BE HELPFUL FOR ME?
Yes, without question it will be. My intent is to dissect the alchemy of writing and deliver it to you in digestible pieces that allow you to be as creative as you can be.
WILL YOU HELP ME GET AN AGENT OR PRODUCE MY SCRIPT?
Chances are, no. That said, I am a producer, and if you have a script that I think I can help with, anything is possible. Heck, if you have the next SAW, I'll help get it on its feet... get it?
WITH THREE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS HOW DO YOU HAVE TIME TO TEACH A CLASS IN SCREENWRITING?
The honest answer…? I love talking to screenwriters. I find the whole process of screenwriting more fascinating today than ever before. I’m very passionate about my craft, so teaching it and connecting with aspiring and working screenwriters excites me to no end.
WILL YOU READ MY SCRIPT AND GIVE ME NOTES ON IT AFTER WE’RE DONE?
Throughout the course, your assignments will help refine your draft through our class interaction. At the end of the course, for an additional fee (and based on my schedule) I will review your draft and provide you notes 1:1 via Zoom. I typically charge $300+ to review a script and provide notes, but students who complete the course will be offered a much-discounted rate.
SHOULD I READ YOUR BOOK BEFORE WE TAKE THE CLASS?
It’s strongly suggested! It’s a quick read, and we’ll be going through some of the elements in the handbook in our lectures.
WHY DO YOU GIVE ASSIGNMENTS AT THE END OF THE WEEK?
I give assignments because I want to teach you that you have to approach screenwriting as a job, and deadlines are important, so it’s my Mr. Miyagi way of giving of priming you for getting assignments in the future. And, they’ll keep you awake and engaged on Zoom.