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Aug'14

How to Write an Award-Winning Short Film

The short film RULES Hollywood today.  With a great short, creators have gotten deals for feature films and television. Get the tools to create your award-winning short with this ONLINE class. Learn the 10 different kinds of shorts. See the similarities and differences between each. See the hidden structure of great short stories. Understand how to create your own shorts AND webisodes.  Get PERSONALIZED coaching to write the short film that gets you noticed. Choose one of two options: 4-Hour Video Lecture  PLUS 2 One Hour Consulting Sessions to work on your script  Or 4-Hour Video Lecture only **update: THESE OPTIONS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE BUT YOU CAN PURCHASE THIS COURSE INSTEAD.

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Aug'14

How to Write and Structure the TV Drama

Man Men Breaking Bad The Good Wife CSI Scandal & Gray’s Anatomy If you want to write brilliant, breakthrough material, write for television. From “Orange is the New Black” to “Girls” to “Mad Men,” television writing is where the most entertaining, evocative and surprising stories are being told. Where do you start? How do you polish what you’ve got? Learn from the best. Peter Russell, award-winning UCLA Extension instructor of the year and co-founder of How Movies Works, takes you through the plot structures of television dramas: Episodic and Serial storylines. We also show you how creators Vince Gilligan and Aaron Sorkin create tension in TV DRAMA. He’ll show you BEAT BY BEAT how BREAKING BAD and NEWSROOM work. You’ll understand how to approaching writing shows like “The Good Wife,” and “CSI” or “Gray’s Anatomy.” You’ll learn about writing great characters, writing vivid action and how to build relationships between characters that the audience cares about. This 3-hour lecture is only $5 for the first hour and $20 additional for the full lecture. You’ll also receive a video link to the lecture to view online.

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Aug'14

New Workshop! How to Write an Award-Winning Short

Starts September 4. This powerful 4-week online workshop is designed to help you write your best short possible. We’ll go over: – The 10 different kinds of short films – The difference between long shorts and short shorts and webisodes. – How to write to shoot most effectively – The tools of great storytelling – Plus! You will receive a three-hour video lecture with bonus material you can reference any time. This online workshop will involve 3 online workshop classes PLUS a one-on-one story session with Peter Russell, award-winning UCLA teacher and long-time Hollyshorts judge. This class is regularly $185. If you sign up by Midnight, Sunday August 3 the class is only $150.

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Jul'14

How to Write the Next Multi-Award-Winning Short Film

Short films are the calling cards of the film industry. You can make them for as little or as much as your budget can allow — but first you need a great concept, a tight story, a character or two the audience wants to follow (note: we didn’t say “like.”) If you get it right, a short film can propel you into a feature, a TV show or a great partnership with a producer. You can travel to Toronto, Sundance and Cannes with priority access passes. You can get meetings and be known as the next hot talent. That’s IF you get it right. We WANT YOU TO GET IT RIGHT! This Sunday, July 27, Peter Russell, a long-time judge at the HollyShorts Film Festival , is taking HMW’s expertise as sought-after story developers and script doctors and applying our wisdom to the short film. He will show you several short films and breakdown the conventions of each. You will understand how to write one, how to make one and how to break out of the pack by shining your brilliance in the RIGHT WAY. If you have made a short film or if you want to make one — this is the class you’ve been waiting for. Click here to get tickets!

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06

Jul'14

Seven Rules On Who Makes It As A Story Creator

1. Write out of excitement, NOT out of screenwriting books. 2.But when you run out of excitement, go look at the PATTERNS of stories like the one you are writing. Rip these patterns off. Almost all great movie and TV creators do this explicitly. Go watch or read your favorite story in the genre in which you’re working. It’ll turn you on. It’ll illuminate the path for you. 3. Realize that you’re going to have to deepen and add and deepen and add and deepen and add to each of your scenes – and do it over and over again — and be HAPPY about it. Great story is a BUNCH of layers in every scene. Once in a hundred times, it’ll all come out at once. THE OTHER 99 TIMES IT’S DRAFT AFTER FRIGGIN’ DRAFT! Get joyously happy with the idea that this is going to be a marathon, not a sprint. And yes, you should put Ticking Clocks into nearly every scene. Yes. 4. Know your story will suck balls. At first. It will. Almost all great creators we’ve ever worked with had a story that, for a good long while, sucked balls. The trick is to stick around after everyone else has abandoned ship, fleeing like rats. Then, when the blood is all over the decks, and the ship is sinking, you take the wheel. And you sail to Paradise. After everyone else has told you ‘this ship has already sunk.” A lot of ships that look sunk don’t sink. 5. Don’t ever ever ever listen to a negative person tell you that your work sucks, unless they tell you how you can STOP sucking, and only listen to that if what they tell you IMMEDIATELY helps you to stop sucking! I.e., don’t just listen to criticism alone. It’ll kill you. The person who sighs, cuts up your work, and then tells you you’d best go get a job as an insurance salesman, should be killed with a steak knife immediately, and then you can get right back to creating. (I.e., usually your Mom and your Dad are not the person to listen to if you’re planning a life as an artist.) 6. It takes talent to succeed, and you can’t be taught to create. (But hard work can make up for less talent — in our experience the fabulous successful people we consult for have FAR …

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Jul'14

Train Your Brain to be a Creative Superstar

The New York Times writes about how a new study that looked at how a writer’s brain fires while creating. Evidence shows that once again, PRACTICE defines the amateurs from the pros.  Fascinating. And for this morning’s inspiration, advice from “Breaking Bad:”                

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About Peter Russell Movie&TV Script Doctor

Think of me as a writer, teacher and story consultant with over 15 years experience working with studios. From this experience, I have developed a great class list that focuses on many areas in the business. Peter Russell Script Doctor offers a large variety of classes, so be sure to check back often to see if there is an offering for you. Find Out More...

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