Introduction to Feature Film Screenwriting: Perfecting the Basics + 14 Script Downloads

Taught by Mary Cybriwsky

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Class hosted by: Mary Cybriwsky

Producer, Sticky Notes (Ray Liotta), Burying the Ex (Ashley Greene)

Mary Cybriwsky produced Joe Dante’s BURYING THE EX, starring Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario and Oliver Cooper, as well as executive produced STICKY NOTES starring Ray Liotta, Rose Leslie and Justin Bartha. Prior to opening production/management company Scooty Woop Entertainment in 2009 with Frankie Lindquist, Mary worked in all aspects of film development and production as an executive at Mosaic Media Group / Atlas Entertainment under the prolific producer Charles Roven and his team, on projects such as THE DARK KNIGHT, GET SMART, THE INTERNATIONAL, THE BANK JOB, amongst others. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, and with a film production degree from Syracuse University, Ms. Cybriwsky’s fascination with film and television’s unique ability to influence the audience’s emotions drives her enthusiasm to work in entertainment. She’s passionate about creating unique, entertaining, and substantive content, as well as working with and breaking new writing and directing talent.  Full Bio »

Summary

You have a story idea in your mind and you just know it will make a great movie or TV show.

You either day dream or stay awake at night with characters entering your head wanting to be given life on the page.

You have notes jotted down of scene ideas, pieces of dialogue or inspiration you could see in a script.

Does this sound familiar to you? If so, you are on the path to being a screenwriter, but, where do you start?

Screenwriting is a special art form unto itself - it takes a fertile, vibrant mind to develop story and character, yet immense discipline of the writing craft. Too many writers try to jump into this insanely competitive field with little to no training.  It takes 5-10 pages of a screenplay for a professional to know whether or not you know the basics of screenwriting, so don't you want to give yourself the best chance to stand out as a professional? It's important you understand the craft to make sure that when you do get your script in front of a decision maker that yo have a competitive advantage to get them past page 10.

Mary Cybriwsky produced Joe Dante’s BURYING THE EX, starring Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario and Oliver Cooper, as well as executive produced STICKY NOTES starring Ray Liotta, Rose Leslie and Justin Bartha. Prior to opening production/management company Scooty Woop Entertainment in 2009 with Frankie Lindquist, Mary worked in all aspects of film development and production as an executive at Mosaic Media Group / Atlas Entertainment under the prolific producer Charles Roven and his team, on projects such as THE DARK KNIGHT, GET SMART, THE INTERNATIONAL, THE BANK JOB, amongst others. Mary is a disciplined teacher of the screenwriting basics and in an exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Class, Mary broke down in four jam-packed sessions what you need to know about the basics of screenwriting. 

If you are brand new to the screenwriting profession, or a seasoned writer who wants to brush up on your skills, this class goes over the basics of screenwriting to perfect your craft. The objective of this 4 session class is to cover basic screenwriting formatting, 3 act structure, characters, plots, themes, what to write and what NOT to write, but Mary will go over so much more! Best of all, the class sessions are available immediately to watch on demand at your leisure!

 

You Will Receive These Handouts:

  • Title page format spec sheet
  • Sample screenplay page, broken down section by section with descriptions
  • Screenwriting dialogue tips

Plus! You will get these pilots to download for FREE:

Feature Film Scripts

  • LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
  • ALL YOU NEED IS KILL (movie version changed title to: EDGE OF TOMORROW)
  • PARASITE
  • THE TRIAL OF CHICAGO 7
  • GET OUT
  • GREEN BOOK
  • THE BIG SICK
  • INSIDE OUT

Television Pilot Scripts

  • THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT
  • BREAKING BAD
  • MODERN FAMILY
  • FLEABAG
  • BARRY
  • GAME OF THRONES

 

 

Testimonials about Mary's Class:

 

"Loved Mary's teaching process! Will definitely take other classes if she offers them in the future." - Jessica R.

 

"Very good basic introduction course!" - Diana B.

 

"Mary makes learning the basics of screenwriting easy and welcoming. I have a lot to think about." - Harry M.

 

"After this class writing is no longer scary. I can't wait to type FADE IN!" - Paul M.

What You'll Learn

Session 1 - How To Figure Out What Should You Write

Introduction to the Mary's background. What is a movie? What makes a good story? What are the essential elements of a script (character, plot, theme, stakes)? How to determine what to write when you’re starting out? Where can you find ideas? What types of scripts should you write (artsy versus marketable)? How do you put your idea in a sentence or two? Brief overview of screenplay formatting and structure and explain loglines vs. outlines vs. treatments vs. scripts. You will receive script downloads of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and ALL YOU NEED IS KILL (movie version changed title to: EDGE OF TOMORROW) discussed in class.

Session 2 - Screenplay Formatting and Characters, Description and Dialogue

Discuss and answer any questions the class has about the scripts assigned for homework. Explain screenplay formatting in detail. Go over types of characters, character arcs, character goals, and talk about how to write an engaging protagonist and antagonist. Discuss how to write engaging yet appropriate description. Discuss how to write dialogue, hiding exposition and giving each character their own unique voice. You will be assigned a 5 page script to write. 

Session 3 - Screenplay Story Structure, Theme and Genre

Review the homework in class. Explain screenplay story structure in detail – the three act structure, the plot points, the pacing and the characters journey in the three act structure (what the protagonist should be going through at each point.) Discuss tone and theme through genre and creating the appropriate world for your story.

Session 4 - Structure to Breaking In and How to Get Yourself Out There

Discuss the structure of Hollywood – who you have to please and how to do so – managers, agents, producers, lawyers, etc. General advice on common traps writers fall into that can hurt their chances before even getting read and the right steps to take to make sure you fall in the “must read” pile. Getting rejected, continuing to write and believing in your own voice – the life of a writer. 

 

  

Purchasing gives you access to the previously-recorded live class.
Although Mary is no longer reviewing the assignments, we still encourage you to participate!

About Your Instructor

Mary Cybriwsky produced Joe Dante’s BURYING THE EX, starring Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario and Oliver Cooper, as well as executive produced STICKY NOTES starring Ray Liotta, Rose Leslie and Justin Bartha. Prior to opening production/management company Scooty Woop Entertainment in 2009 with Frankie Lindquist, Mary worked in all aspects of film development and production as an executive at Mosaic Media Group / Atlas Entertainment under the prolific producer Charles Roven and his team, on projects such as THE DARK KNIGHT, GET SMART, THE INTERNATIONAL, THE BANK JOB, amongst others.

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, and with a film production degree from Syracuse University, Ms. Cybriwsky’s fascination with film and television’s unique ability to influence the audience’s emotions drives her enthusiasm to work in entertainment. She’s passionate about creating unique, entertaining, and substantive content, as well as working with and breaking new writing and directing talent. 

FAQs

Q: What is the format of a class?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Classes are typically 2 to 4 week ongoing broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the class software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
If you have Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion): The class software does not support these operating systems. If you are running one of those operating systems, please upgrade now in order to be able to view a live class. Upgrade your Windows computer / Upgrade your Mac computer 

Q: What if I cannot attend the live class?
A: If you cannot attend a live class and purchase an On-Demand class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.

Q: Will I have access to the class afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand class, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!

Testimonials

"Loved Mary's teaching process! Will definitely take other classes if she offers them in the future." - Jessica R.

 

"Very good basic introduction course!" - Diana B.

 

"Mary makes learning the basics of screenwriting easy and welcoming. I have a lot to think about." - Harry M.

 

"After this class writing is no longer scary. I can't wait to type FADE IN!" - Paul M.

Questions?

If you have a generic question about Stage 32 education you can take a look at our frequently asked questions section on our help page, or feel free to contact support with any other inquiries you might have.
 

Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Great intro and Mary knows her stuff. I maybe would've liked a little more content for the price, but a good starting place for the basics.
  • Very good basic intro course.
  • Loved Mary's teaching process! Will definitely take other classes if she offers them in the future.

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