Write your own Oscar-winning movie!
Welcome to your 5-week course in the basics of screenwriting.
Everyone has an idea for a film. Some people even get around to writing, or at least starting, a script. Many don’t.
Screenwriting Stage 1 is for both these categories.
Whether you’ve had an idea for a blockbuster brewing in your head for ages, or if you’re brand new to the craft, this course will help you get the idea out of your imagination, and into an engaging movie script.
The course is delivered by a professional screenwriter, working in both film and television, comedy and drama, for over 30 years.
You'll learn the fundamental elements of screenwriting
Screenwriting Stage 1 is a practice-based course in the fundamentals of screenwriting, with principal focus on three basics:
If you’re a complete novice, you’ll be given the means to begin developing a script, the tools to get past the terror of the blank page.
So even if you don’t have a pre-existing idea for a screenplay, that means you’ll be guided in generating an idea for a short film, and then develop it into a workable screenplay over the five weeks of the course.
The tools you need to write a movie screenplay
However, if you already have a script, or part of one, Screenwriting Stage 1 will equip you with the tools to analyse what you’ve written and to judge the quality of your screenplay.
- What’s working well in your screenplay?
- What isn’t working and, more importantly, why?
- What MUST you do to make your screenplay better?
This course delivers practical ways of improving your script.
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What will you learn in Screenwriting Stage 1?
Here's what you'll learn
- The ideal way to structure your story
- What you need to include in your plot
- How to write characters people love to watch.
- Why pressure is the catalyst of character
- The difference between story and plot
- How to write the most audience-engaging narrative
- Genre, style and theme – and how this applies to your screenplay
- What you must do before you even start writing
- and MUCH more.
By the conclusion of this course, the aim is that you will have completed a first draft screenplay for a short film. You’ll receive professional feedback both during and on completion of the draft script, with a view to proceeding to further drafts.
Once you have completed Screenwriting Stage 1, most students continue with Screenwriting Stage 2. This is important to keep your momentum going and help you create a compelling screenplay.
Imagine: And the winner is …
Whether you want to write a popular Oscar-winning film like The Social Network, an iconic movie like Apocalypse Now, or a blockbuster like Skyfall, your journey starts here.
Okay, you won’t win a Golden Globe next week, but you’ll be taking your first steps in learning the art and craft of screenwriting.
Writing movies is very different to other forms of creative writing. There’s nothing quite like seeing your words eventually come to life on the big (or sometimes small) screen.
You’ll learn the skills you need to transfer the movie that’s currently playing in your mind on to paper – so that you have a strong, well-structured script that can end up in production.
Enrol now. Then start drafting your acceptance speech!
Rave reviews about
Screenwriting Stage 1
"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