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  • Module: Reverse Screenwriting
  • Objective: To acquire the talent to translate ideas into a script.
  • Task: To transcribe 5-7 minutes of a feature film every day.

The Workout module will be the heart of Immersion.  Here, you will learn the screenwriter’s core skill, as ideas turn into words, every day for three weeks.

Once a pro screenwriter has cracked the story for their film or TV episode, they will transcribe the images they see before their mind’s eye into the industry standard screenplay format.

But you’re not a pro screenwriter quite yet, so I won’t trust you with that task – for now…

So, what you will do in this Workout module, is transcribe the images of an existing, successful film into a draft of your own.

In other words, you will write your own screenplay draft of an existing popular movie.

And if you wish, at the end you can create your own cover page:

“Written by [your name]”

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This is the most powerful stage of the course: Reverse Screenwriting.

This stage will have the greatest positive impact on your abilities as a writer.

Great screenwriters master the craft of writing action-description, because this is where most of the story lies.

For theatre, the story is typically encapsulated in dialogue. But for film – unless you are Woody Allen, Aaron Sorkin or David Mamet – the visuals tell the story.

You will pick from a list of 7 popular films in the 7 most popular genres. Then, you will create your own version of the script in proper screenplay format.

Later in the course, we will talk about the practicalities of this task; about its workload, the tools to use and the scripts to pick from.

Once you’ve completed this module, you are ready to receive your certificate!

But there is more.

If you are gearing up to write your own screenplay right after completing the Immersion course, the final module will offer a small bonus…