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CLASSES

Screenwriting Seminars

 
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OLD SCHOOL AND NEW SCHOOL SEMINARS

Jeff has designed two very different and unique weekend seminars, Old School and New School, based on the specific needs of writers and groups across the country.

The two day "Old School" seminar covers a vast array of traditional subject matter, taught in a standard lecture and Q&A manner.  Every aspect of screenwriting skills, three act structure, and the business strategies are included.  Sample topics are listed below. - $395.00

The two day "New School" seminar educates primarily by seeing, not merely by reading or listening.  Jeff has found a way to make learning difficult concepts fun, plus this particular weekend seminar presents important subjects that, until now, have not been available anywhere else.  Sample topics are listed below. - $395.00

Jeff also offers several one day and half day classes.  Please contact us with a seminar request or for further information.

 
 

Attendees will receive a 30% discount on Final Draft 10 and upgrades - a $75.00 value

 
 

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'Maximum Screenwriting' is a world class, dynamic, no holds barred, edge of your seat seminar that will propel you to success.  Simply awesome.

/  SHEILA VALESANO CHICAGO  /

 
 

 

Half-Day Seminar

Half-Day Screenwriting Class

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THE SCREENPLAY JUMP-START

(L.A. Area Only)

Saturday, September 8, 2018

1817 Film Studios


In just four hours, Jeff Schimmel teaches his students how to:

  1. Create a bulletproof outline from scratch
  2. Manufacture an indispensable reverse outline
  3. Defeat paralyzing procrastination – permanently

Attempting to write a solid screenplay without first obtaining these invaluable skills is downright foolish.

Don’t spend a year of your life, or more, agonizing over a script that is likely to fail on multiple levels – especially when the answers are easily within your grasp.

Attendees will receive a 30% discount on Final Draft 10 and upgrades - a $75.00 value

Class Registration Fee - $79.00

 
 
 

TWO-DAY SEMINAR

OLD SCHOOL APPROACH

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OLD SCHOOL APPROACH DAY ONE

  • The Reader vs. The Writer Quiz
  • Story Structure – Film
  • Screenplay Format Perfected
  • Giving Birth To Great Characters
  • Keys To Crackling Dialogue
  • Why Less On The Page Is More
  • Outlining Simplified And Solved
  • The Genius Of Reverse Outlining
  • Sticking With The Wheel
  • How To Recognize A Good Idea
  • Old Favorites vs. New Twists
  • Rewriting: Learning To Love The Rope
  • Surviving A Studio Or Agency Reader
  • The Classics: A Successful Autopsy
  • Why Every Genre Requires Comedy
  • The Good News About Selling A Script
  • Gang-Writing Exercise
 
 
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OLD SCHOOL APPROACH DAY TWO

  • Pitching: Show And Tell
  • Story Structure – TV
  • Welcome To The Writers Room
  • TV Format Perfected
  • How To Create A Reality Series
  • Tools: The Reel vs. The Deck
  • Switching TV Genres
  • How Networks Find New Shows
  • Beating The Meeting
  • How To Kill Procrastination
  • Agents: The Most Asked Question
  • Danger: Contests And Submissions
  • Protecting Your Finished Product
  • To Write Or Not To Write
  • The “Rules Don’t Apply To Me” Award
  • Special Industry Guests: Via Skype
  • The Mega Q&A
 
 
 

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I thought I was already prepared for a screenwriting career, but the first 15 minutes of Jeff's seminar totally changed my perception.  After two days, I feel I finally have the tools and knowledge to make it.

/  PIERRE STEPHENS Chicago  /

 
 
 

Attendees will receive a 30% discount on Final Draft 10 and upgrades - a $75.00 value

JEFF’S MONEY BACK GUARANTEE:  If after the first 15 minutes, you feel that you don't need Jeff's seminar, you'll receive a 100% refund.

 
 

TWO-DAY SEMINAR

NEW SCHOOL APPROACH

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SHOW AND TELL

LEARN BY SEEING - NOT BY READING

If A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words, Film Clips Are Worth 1,000,000

Screenwriters at every level of experience read countless books and blogs on how to write a script, plus they attend classes, online and in person, where they hear lectures about story structure, character, dialogue, etc.

Until now, there has never been a workshop that exclusively uses video from well known movies to teach screenwriters about every aspect of a great screenplay.  That's what our "Show And Tell" course is all about.

Many screenwriters find concepts such as Mid Act Two Reversal, All Is Lost Moment, Resurrection, Sub-Plots, Symmetrical Plots, and Multiple Call Backs hard to understand, regardless of how detailed the explanation.  "Show And Tell" uses numerous film clips to make it all crystal clear, with an in-depth discussion to answer every question.  After just eight hours with Jeff, you'll never be confused by these screenplay milestones again.

 
 
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LET'S MAKE A DEAL

YOU'RE IN SHOW BUSINESS - EMPHASIS ON "BUSINESS"

Session 1: MY SCRIPT IS DONE.  NOW WHAT?  9 A.M. - 11 A.M.

You've devoted a tremendous amount of time to your script, dripping your blood, sweat and tears onto every page.  The reality for screenwriters is this: writing is only half the battle.  The next steps of finding an agent, getting your script into the hands of gatekeeping readers, and scoring in pitch meetings are fraught with deadly pitfalls.  Don't gamble with your hard work.  Learn the ropes from Jeff.

Session 2: WHAT DOES A GREAT PITCH LOOK LIKE?  11 A.M. - 1 P.M.

Listening to a lecture about the art of pitching a project can provide valuable information, but if you've never been in an actual pitch meeting with studio or network executives, then you've never played the game - especially with the skill of a professional.  Watching custom made videos that depict pitches ranging from awesome to average to disastrous will plant indelible images of the good, bad and ugly in your memory bank.

Session 3: THE UNSCRIPTED ALTERNATIVE  2 P.M. - 4 P.M.

Reality television is an unstoppable juggernaut that rules the airwaves.  It's cheap to produce, and the fact is, America is addicted.  Believe it or not, everyone is getting into the unscripted side of the business, including A-list screenwriters.  The good news is that anyone can sell a reality show - if their idea and pitch are truly worthy.  In just two hours, Jeff will break down the secret formula.

Session 4: MONSTER Q & A  4 P.M. - 6 P.M.

The weekend concludes with detailed, straightforward answers to every question asked by attendees.  As an added bonus, Jeff will also provide answers to important questions that should've been asked - but weren't. 

 
 
 

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I hate to admit it, but I bought all the books, took classes online, joined a MeetUp group, and entered some script contests - but I still wasn't the strong screenwriter I hoped to be. Jeff's seminar really helped me to understand the art - and gave me a chance at having the career I want.

/  JASON SAVUR Los Angeles  /

 
 
 

Attendees will receive a 30% discount on Final Draft 10 and upgrades - a $75.00 value

JEFF’S MONEY BACK GUARANTEE:  If after the first 15 minutes, you feel that you don't need Jeff's seminar, you'll receive a 100% refund.