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From Zero to Hero: Write Your Short in 30 days

Do you dream of becoming a sensational scriptwriter? Stop dreaming and start writing – go From Zero to Hero with our Write Your Short in 30 Days program.

From Zero to Hero: Write Your Short in 30 days

Start today – write tomorrow

Struggling to find a job that fits your life goals? Working as a waitress at a cocktail bar? Toiling away at the last video rental store in town? Are you a frustrated teacher, underemployed barista, disrespected journalist, bankrupt blogger, broke housesitter, or storytelling stripper?

At night, do you dream of becoming a sensational scriptwriter?

A script supervisor is an important part of the production team of any film. So what exactly do they do and why do you need one?

Many blockbuster screenwriters had very little in the way of a formal film education. They got their start by studying movies, watching people, and putting ink to paper & writing a short film. FilmCraft is about to make your employment transition tons easier than that. Stop dreaming and start writing – go From Zero to Hero with our Write Your Short in 30 Days program.

Finally, creative education that speaks your language! Made by creators, for creators.

David Trottier’s book 'The Screenwriter's Bible' is the ideal antidote to naivety. It gives us a good look at the wizardry of screenwriting.

WTF will I be learning?

Short but sweet, all 95 minutes of our program are jam-packed with amazing information. We’ll be publishing a lesson a day for the next 31 days, so check back and watch them all as we enter an inspiring new year. Make sure to do the homework to get the most out of From Zero to Hero: Write Your Short in 30 Days.

The lessons

Knowing the history of screenwriting helps your script become the best it can be, because you need to know where you’ve been to see where you’re going next.
Wanna write? Here’s why you need to know the history of screenwriting
Knowing the history of screenwriting helps your script become the best it can be, because you need to know where you’ve been to see where you’re going next.
Let's talk about the history of film and gain some perspective on the ways stories have been told visually over the last century.
Do I absolutely have to know the history of film?
Let's talk about the history of film and gain some perspective on the ways stories have been told visually over the last century.
We all love a feature film; they’re the reason we we wanted to write a screenplay in the first place. However, you need to learn to walk before you can run.
Why you shouldn’t write a feature film screenplay
We all love a feature film; they’re the reason we we wanted to write a screenplay in the first place. However, you need to learn to walk before you can run.
Themes are crucial to any story. Producers need to know the screenplay's point to find out if your script is worth making into a film.
Does there have to be a point to your screenplay?
Themes are crucial to any story. Producers need to know the screenplay's point to find out if your script is worth making into a film.
Everyone does it, and every producer can always tell. Don’t worry – we’re gonna teach you how to research like a boss and make your script sound goooooood.
Research?! I thought screenwriting was meant to be fun!
Everyone does it, and every producer can always tell. Don’t worry – we’re gonna teach you how to research like a boss and make your script sound goooooood.
Got writer's block? As a screenwriter, you’ll always have to cross that initial hurdle of deciding what you’re actually going to write next.
How do you kill writer’s block in the face?
Got writer's block? As a screenwriter, you’ll always have to cross that initial hurdle of deciding what you’re actually going to write next.
Big ideas should never be shown the door. Sometimes you fancy having your socks blown off. Someone’s gotta write the script with big stuff, right?
What if you can only write big stuff in your script?
Big ideas should never be shown the door. Sometimes you fancy having your socks blown off. Someone’s gotta write the script with big stuff, right?
You probably thought of using the internet at the first sign of the word “research”. The internet is nearly infinite, and you can find just about anything.
How do screenwriters use the internet for research?
You probably thought of using the internet at the first sign of the word “research”. The internet is nearly infinite, and you can find just about anything.
If someone asked you what genre your script is in, do you struggle? Not knowing your genre is the kiss of death when talking to anyone who matters.
Why is genre important in movies and TV writing?
If someone asked you what genre your script is in, do you struggle? Not knowing your genre is the kiss of death when talking to anyone who matters.
Screenplay formatting is immensely important. There a hundred different reasons, but we’ll share just the most important ones with you today.
Yes – Screenplay formatting really is that important
Screenplay formatting is immensely important. There a hundred different reasons, but we’ll share just the most important ones with you today.
A logline determines whether your idea will sink or swim. Oftentimes the logline is the decider whether your script gets read at all.
How do I write a great logline?
A logline determines whether your idea will sink or swim. Oftentimes the logline is the decider whether your script gets read at all.
Ever found yourself writing a script similar to a film you like? Every writer writes differently; every writer has his or her own voice.
How do you find your voice as a screenwriter?
Ever found yourself writing a script similar to a film you like? Every writer writes differently; every writer has his or her own voice.
We provide a breakdown of character arcs to consider when writing your Hero's Journey in order to give it maximum impact.
What are the different kinds of Hero’s Journey?
We provide a breakdown of character arcs to consider when writing your Hero's Journey in order to give it maximum impact.
Screenplays are structure. That’s what makes them screenplays! It’s simply not an option to disregard structure in your script.
Why is structure in a screenplay important?
Screenplays are structure. That’s what makes them screenplays! It’s simply not an option to disregard structure in your script.
Is your screenplay’s plot summation a book-length essay? We gots all the insider tricks used industry-wide so you can rock your beat sheet to the max.
What do I put on my screenplay’s plot index cards?
Is your screenplay’s plot summation a book-length essay? We gots all the insider tricks used industry-wide so you can rock your beat sheet to the max.
We’re here to tell you why your dialogue probably sucks – and precisely what you need to do to make it shine like gold nuggets in a clear mountain stream.
Why does your dialogue suck so hard?
We’re here to tell you why your dialogue probably sucks – and precisely what you need to do to make it shine like gold nuggets in a clear mountain stream.
Writing a monologue in your script to display a character’s personality is is cheating. In scripts, you have to show who your characters are.
How do you write a monologue to illustrate a character’s identity?
Writing a monologue in your script to display a character’s personality is is cheating. In scripts, you have to show who your characters are.
There’s nothing worse than characters who sound like bots. We have some tactics to get the ball rolling for creating realistic characters.
Why do all your characters sound the same?
There’s nothing worse than characters who sound like bots. We have some tactics to get the ball rolling for creating realistic characters.
Have you written a character about whom your audience couldn’t care less if he lives or dies? There are many ways to make an audience like your character.
How do you make the audience care about your characters?
Have you written a character about whom your audience couldn’t care less if he lives or dies? There are many ways to make an audience like your character.
We’re here to make sure you have all the skills & knowledge necessary to make any hero’s life suck super hard with the best worst antagonists ever.
What are the different types of antagonists?
We’re here to make sure you have all the skills & knowledge necessary to make any hero’s life suck super hard with the best worst antagonists ever.
Do you ever read one of your old scripts and get bored? Just for you, we assembled the lowdown on how to write scenes so your audience is begging for more.
Done with your story prep? Time to write a great scene
Do you ever read one of your old scripts and get bored? Just for you, we assembled the lowdown on how to write scenes so your audience is begging for more.
Are you sure your character has sufficient backstory for powerful motivation? We’ve got the perfect tricks to motivate you into motivating your character.
How can you motivate your characters?
Are you sure your character has sufficient backstory for powerful motivation? We’ve got the perfect tricks to motivate you into motivating your character.
We’ve mapped out some examples of some awesome storytelling in order to demystify the process of crafting a story with easy-to-follow, linked scenes.
Why do your screenplay’s scenes need to be linked?
We’ve mapped out some examples of some awesome storytelling in order to demystify the process of crafting a story with easy-to-follow, linked scenes.
We’ve got a few pointers to get you started so your short film's journey of change will validate you as a ruling screenwriting boss.
How do you pack an entire journey of change into a short film?
We’ve got a few pointers to get you started so your short film's journey of change will validate you as a ruling screenwriting boss.
Have you written your script with stage direction dictating every possible close-up, aerial shot, mid-shot, deep focus, and handheld shot?
Why do some scripts have stage direction, while others don’t?
Have you written your script with stage direction dictating every possible close-up, aerial shot, mid-shot, deep focus, and handheld shot?
Do your character descriptions go on for pages? We’ve got the lowdown on writing the perfect character description in your script.
How do you write perfect character descriptions?
Do your character descriptions go on for pages? We’ve got the lowdown on writing the perfect character description in your script.
Have you finished writing, but don’t have a clue where to start in a rewrite? Are you in a state of panic at the thought of rewriting your screenplay?
How do you start your screenplay rewrite?
Have you finished writing, but don’t have a clue where to start in a rewrite? Are you in a state of panic at the thought of rewriting your screenplay?
How can you proofread your own screenplay? We’ve primed some advice on how to proofread your own work without harassing strangers on the street.
What do you do if you can’t find someone to proofread your script?
How can you proofread your own screenplay? We’ve primed some advice on how to proofread your own work without harassing strangers on the street.
If you want to see how easy it is for other people to spot all the problems in your work, just give feedback on someone else’s script.
How did readers find so many problems in your script?!
If you want to see how easy it is for other people to spot all the problems in your work, just give feedback on someone else’s script.
We’ve got a method you can apply to anything you write so you can be completely sure your script is the best piece of art you could have possibly written.
How do you know when your script is ready for the world?
We’ve got a method you can apply to anything you write so you can be completely sure your script is the best piece of art you could have possibly written.
Do you have a clear conception of your screenplay's vision? Here's how to make 100% certain you can spot if you’re micromanaging or not.
How can you assure your screenplay’s vision gets realized?
Do you have a clear conception of your screenplay's vision? Here's how to make 100% certain you can spot if you’re micromanaging or not.

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