Turn your draft script into a
Would you like to take your film idea to the next stage?
Screenwriting Stage 2 expands upon the subjects covered in Stage 1, as well as addressing other, more sophisticated, screenwriting techniques.
This course is very practical and will focus on larger, more complex projects, particularly feature film.
To undertake Stage 2, you will need to bring a substantial work-in-progress of your own in Week 1. At minimum, you should have written the first act of a long-form screenplay. The project may be one you previously developed in Stage 1, perhaps a short film script that may become the forerunner to a feature film.
Important: You will be expected to undertake more homework than was required in Stage 1, in order that significant progress is made on your draft screenplay over the five weeks.
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As well as receiving guidance in developing your own screenplay, you will also learn about:
How to create characters who surprise, who have complexity and contradiction. You’ll learn about attractive villains, unattractive upstanding citizens, and more. Paradoxes, secrets, and dark places.
Is your screenplay a genre piece? Could it benefit from becoming one? You’ll discover “the rules” of genre and how to follow them.
Learn how to push your subject matter into the larger realm of feature film. How to make life much more difficult for your character/s and create a stronger story. You’ll find out about “wounding to reveal”.
Mystery and Suspense
How to deploy these story structures to make your screenplay more gripping.
Finer techniques and principles
You’ll learn about point of entry/exit, subtext, point of view, and more.
The Deadly Middle Act
Learn how to develop a stronger, more complex and propulsive narrative in the area that most frequently goes missing.
Selling your screenplay
Discover how to find a producer and pitch your script.
Please note: The minimum prerequisite for Screenwriting Stage 2 is completion of Screenwriting Stage 1 and/or completion of the first act of a feature film or similar long-form project. You'll be required to submit a copy of your script-in-progress at least one week before the course starts.
Rave reviews about
"Tim is passionate about his subject and inspired me to write and to continue after the course has finished. I wanted a 'cut to the chase' experience that emphasised practice rather than theory – and that's what I got. I feel inspired and have some basic tools to continue developing my screenplay and possibly others."
- Colleen Winney
"Tim is great. He’s very helpful and obviously knows his stuff, he’s also enthusiastic and inspirational. I've been struggling with some aspects of my writing for years and in this short course Tim has opened a few doors by revealing that rather than a mystery there is a simplicity to the process of writing for the screen. He has inspired me with the confidence to keep plugging away. Already my work has improved and I feel motivated to keep pushing on with my writing."
- Chris Mitchell
"The lessons are given by industry professionals. The course was very helpful. The material was very relevant – and the classes were fun!"
- Loren Howell
"I loved Tim's enthusiasm and the way he would get across points he was trying to make. Being able to leverage his experience and knowledge was invaluable. I definitely have a better idea of how to build and manage the development of a script. I really enjoyed Tim's teaching methods and found him very responsive when discussing my own script."
- David Howlett
"I definitely came away with knowledge of a process that I did not possess when I first started. I also have a broad overall knowledge of how to go about writing a script. Tim has plenty of industry knowledge and his editorial skills are excellent."
- David Owens
Learn from the best
|Tim Gooding writes for stage, film and television. He has written television drama – Rafferty’s Rules, Blue Heelers, Stingers, Water Rats, All Saints – and comedy – The Aunty Jack Show, The Norman Gunston Show, Wollongong The Brave, Ratbags. He also devised and co-wrote the ABC TV series Sweet and Sour. Tim’s feature film credits include Heatwave and On the Loose. He is the recipient of a “Distinctly Australian” Writer’s Fellowship from the Australian Film Commission ... read more