The best scripts bring vibrant, accessible characters to life on the page. You will learn useful, simple character creation techniques to help you breathe life into your characters on the page.
Class Starts: August 19, 2019
Class Title: Craft: Writing the Character-Driven Screenplay
Class Type: Online
Class Presenter: Tom Benedek
Class price: $95
Learn to charge your scripts with fully realized, compelling characters. See how the best screenwriters build character
s in their scripts and absorb their techniques in this one week course.
This class takes a close look at how to build scripts using great characters as foundation. We will explore specific character building techniques great writers use in their film work — character descriptions, arcs, internal conflicts, moral dilemmas, personal vulnerabilities, unique traits, specific areas of personal history — and more.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
You will learn how to build better characters, maximize ways for character to drive plot, discover new creative approaches to developing a character driven story.
- Five lectures written by Tom Benedek
- Special insider tips
- 24/7 online forum discussions moderated by instructor
- Writing exercises with instructor and class feedback
- 90-minute live teleconference between instructor and class members
- Logline workshop.
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE
Screenwriters, TV writers, novelists, and playwrights who want to empower their writing and enrich their characters through the use of archetypes
FORMER STUDENTS/COLLEAGUES SAY:
“Tom Benedek is a teacher, writer and coach who puts in the extra time and effort to make sure that every story he mentors serves a necessary purpose. His expertise with characters and stories is transcended by how he goes out of his way to make sure that scripts provide the emotional punch that reminds us why we became screenwriters in the first place.”
~ Max Lance, Winner 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting
“Thank you for running such an excellent workshop. I learned so much, and it was a really great environment for trying out new ideas and getting honest, supportive feedback.”
~ Erin O’Connor, screenwriter – Miss Virginia(2018) with Uzo Aduba(Orange is the New Black)
Tom is great to work with – – a wonderful screen and TV writer. He understands how series television is built on the page and knows how to talk about it with students and professionals.
~Josh Brand, TV Writer-Producer – The Americans, Northern Exposure, Amazing Stories
“Tom has a very incisive understanding of all the ingredients that make a great screenplay. He’s also a first rate writer and a wonderful teacher.”
~ Michael Shamberg, Producer – Erin Brockovich, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty
“No teacher has been more influential to my career than Tom Benedek. From the University of Southern California to ScreenwritingMasterClass.com, Tom’s classes have never failed to encourage, educate, and inspire. In addition to my graduate coursework at USC with Tom, I have greatly benefitted from both ‘Network Hollywood’ and ‘Writing the Original Pilot Script’ at Screenwritmasterclass.com. I recommend Tom’s classes to every aspiring and developing screenwriter I meet.”
~ Adair Cole, Screenwriter — Norco (Dir. Mark Romanek, Prod. MadRiver)
I have thoroughly enjoyed the lectures and Tom’s insight, encouragement, and feedback. I highly recommend these courses to anybody — from beginners to those farther on the screenwriting path.” – Goran Spoljaric, Screenwriter
“What makes Tom stand out are: his ethics; his true caring and concern for each student and that student’s work; and his commitment to help each student successfully get what he or she needs to learn next to write a polished script — whether for the big screen or for TV. Thanks, Tom” – Melodie Beattie, Author
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the lectures and Tom’s insight, encouragement, and feedback. I highly recommend these courses to anybody — from beginners to those farther on the screenwriting path.” – Goran Spoljaric
“Tom is terrific. For someone like me who’s read the basic texts and slogged through writing several less-than-great pilot scripts, his approach and insightful comments were really helpful.” – Chris Cowley
“What makes Tom stand out are: his ethics; his true caring and concern for each student and that student’s work; and his commitment to help each student successfully get what he or she needs to learn next to write a polished script — whether for the big screen or for tv. Thanks, Tom” – Melodie Beattie
SPECIAL OFFER: THE CRAFT PACKAGE with Tom Benedek
The Craft Package offers all eight Core classes for nearly 50% off and enables you to go through all of the content on your own time! For more information, go here.
BENEFITS OF THE ONLINE SCREENWRITING MASTER CLASS EXPERIENCE
- Access courses anytime and anywhere on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
- Learn the craft amidst a supportive, lively, and fun online community from around the world.
- Receive feedback from instructors who know the business and have a passion for teaching.