This virtual lesson will be an introduction to screenwriting and basic storytelling. In this lesson, you will learn how to properly format a screenplay, outline a compelling story using Nigel Watts' 8 point arc and ultimately bring your first script to fruition. For this lesson, you will need to watch activities #1, #2 and #3, complete the online quiz (#4) and write a short screenplay (#5).

Complete by May 2nd, 2020


#1 - LECTURE: Storytelling Structure

To start, please click the "START LECTURE" button below to view a video lesson by Sam Avery covering Nigel Watts' 8 point storytelling structure. This video lesson is 10 minutes long.


#2 - WATCH: Basics of Screenwriting

In this short video lesson, Russel from Indy Mogul covers the five basic elements of screenplay formatting and explains how to start your script. This video is 7 minutes long.


#3 - WATCH: Advance Screenwriting Tips

In this short video, Russel from Indy Mogul talks over some advance screenplay formatting questions in this quick 6 minute lesson.


EXTRA: Adaptation (2002)

Directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman, this 2002 film tells the complicated true story of a screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman, who runs into terrible writer's block while trying to adapt a book into a movie...


#4 - QUIZ: Scripts and Structure

Click the "TAKE QUIZ" link below to complete the quiz for this virtual lesson. Please type all essay questions in Microsoft Word first and then copy/paste into the form as to not lose your work.


#5 - CREATE: Short Screenplay

After watching lessons #1, #2 and #3 and completing the Quiz on Script and Story Structure, click the "START SCRIPT" button below to download / access Celtx as well as to review the specification for your short screenplay assignment.