“Sometimes people buy the story. Sometimes people buy the writer. Sometimes people pass on both if story & writer are not presented well — no matter how great the script is.” ~ Max Adams

COURSE DURATION: This is a 6 week accelerated online master class in screenwriting.

COURSE EMPHASIS: This course was born from a workshop chat in which every workshopper appeared to know exactly how to find amateur screenplay competitions and submit to those competitions. But nobody appeared to have a clue about how to contact industry people who could actually buy a script and make a film.

The entire point of entering competitions is to get read and make a sale. The entire goal writing screenplays is to make a movie. But?

Plenty of screenwriters who have never even entered a competition have sold scripts and have careers. Because they knew where to go and who to go to to sell a script and get a movie made and make it as a professional.

Course emphasis in this class is on learning how to reach legitimate industry players in order to market and distribute a script, where to find those players, and how to get your screenplay out there in the right hands to make a sale. You’re in this to make a movie, right? Let’s do this.

COURSE EXPECTATIONS: In this course you’ll study and work with practical pitching and marketing techniques, as well as learn how to find the people you need to pitch to who buy and produce and represent scripts, and how to present your material and yourself in ways to make sales. Through lectures, film clips, examples and analysis of in-class exercises and examples provided by Max, you will learn how to get your screenplay (and you) out into the mainstream where you can get that script read, sold, and produced.

Selling is hard. Max will make it less hard for you — sharing years of experience with you as well as support and guidance and verifiable industry models during the course of the class.

SYLLABUS:

WEEK ONE: Who Buys Scripts? || Lecture: Who Buys Scripts & How to Find Them
WEEK TWO: Who Reps Scripts? || Lecture: Agent or Attorney or Manager?
WEEK THREE: Pitching a Script || Lecture: The Do’s & Don’ts of Pitching
WEEK FOUR: Film Conferences & Pitch Fests || Lecture: Where to Show Up, How to Show Up, and – What to Do If You Can’t Show Up?
WEEK FIVE: The Query Monster || Lecture: Do Query’s Work? And How to Query Right
WEEK SIX: Competitions, Fellowships, & Other Animals || Lecture: What Competitions Can, & Cannot, Do For You — And How to Work Around Them?
WEEK SEVEN: Grace Period || No Lecture |

TIME LINES: Classes roll open online in the forum at approximately 12 AM EST Tuesday morning. Students have until 11 PM EST Tuesday night to read the initial weekly lecture and complete and post an initial short written assignment. There is additional reading and viewing material during the week. There are weekly one hour online chats on Thursday nights. Chat times start at 7 PM EST, 8 PM EST, and 9 PM EST, depending on your class’s chat schedule.

ACCREDITATION: This is an accredited University of Utah class. If you are a University of Utah student, contact Max Adams at max.adams @ utah.edu or Paula in Film & Media Arts for more information.


INSTRUCTOR: Max Adams
DURATION: 6 Weeks + 1 Week Grace Week
LOCATION: Online: AFW FORUM [classroom forums are private]
TUITION: $475.00
DEPOSIT: $150.00
CLASS SIZE: There is a 12 person cap on this course.
MATERIALS: Lectures, reading materials and most viewing materials are supplied in class or online.
WRITING SAMPLE: A writing sample is required.

 

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