How to Write Your Script for Budget and Schedule so Producers Will Actually Want to Make It

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Emmy Award Winning Producer and Director (GRIDIRON GANG, BREAK EVEN)

Multi Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author Shane Stanley has worked in almost every capacity on and off the set with hit shows like ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and SEINFELD and producing films like Sony Pictures’ GRIDIRON GANG a #1 box office hit starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. For three years, Shane was Vice President of Sheen/Michaels Entertainment where he produced several motion pictures starring Marlon Brando, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Hayden Church, Donald Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Sean Penn, John Travolta, and Charlie and Martin Sheen. Shane recently released his book What You Don’t Learn In Film School, which covers filmmaking from concept to delivery and has already landed on required reading lists at several universities across the country. Shane continues to produce and direct independent films of all levels, and just wrapped production on his latest action thriller BREAK EVEN. Over the countless films he has produced, Shane has gotten pre-production down to a science and knows what it takes to prepare a film of any level. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

People often say the most important thing when writing is just to write something that's good, but it needs to be more than good; it needs to be producible. Meaning if a producer reads your script and likes it, they also need to feel comfortable that they can help you make your movie for a budget that's smaller than THE AVENGERS. Writers don't always realize that what they write on the page directly translates to how much money it will cost and how long it will take to shoot. Things like locations, genre, number of scenes and number of characters can absolutely make or break whether your movie can get produced and whether you can get the partner you're looking for to sign on. It's important for writers to understand how producers think when reading scripts and how you can adjust your own script without sacrificing your voice or quality to make the project more achievable to actually put together.

Multi Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author Shane Stanley has worked in almost every capacity on and off the set with hit shows like ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and SEINFELD and producing films like Sony Pictures’ GRIDIRON GANG a #1 box office hit starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. For three years, Shane was Vice President of Sheen/Michaels Entertainment where he produced several motion pictures starring Marlon Brando, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Hayden Church, Donald Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Sean Penn, John Travolta, and Charlie and Martin Sheen. Shane recently released his book What You Don’t Learn In Film School, which covers filmmaking from concept to delivery and has already landed on required reading lists at several universities across the country. Shane continues to produce and direct independent films of all levels, and just wrapped production on his latest action thriller BREAK EVEN. Over the countless films he has produced, Shane has gotten pre-production down to a science and knows what it takes to prepare a film of any level.

Shane will demonstrate to you how to craft your ideal script to overcome the hurdles of budget and schedule and to attract the eye of producers. Shane will discuss how writers, producers, actors, and execs will read your script, the biggest red flags producers will look for when reading a script, and what aspects of a script will cost the most money in production particularly in regards to genre. He will also touch on how to strategically write for locations and how to maximize the space you have to help producers and how to know how long it will take to make your script and provide quality advice on how to adjust it to better fit your schedule.

Shane will even offer a valuable case study where he will break down the pages of his own script and demonstrate how he would view it as a producer and where concerns and warning signs might be.

 

 

Praise for Shane's Previous Stage 32 Webinar

 

"Shane was thorough, gave me a realistic view into the market as it is now, yet encouraging. Easy to listen to and follow. I'll be signing up for other classes he teaches in the future."

-Karena K.

 

Just straight-forward, real, the kind of producer most of us would kill to work alongside.

-Clark R.

 

"Shane was relevant, knew what was happening, and could walk the walk."

-Chuck R.

What You'll Learn

  • How Different Roles Will Read Your Script
    • Fellow writers
    • Producers
    • Actors
    • Execs and Studios
  • The Biggest Red Flags Producers Look for When Reading a Script for the First Time
  • Where Does the Money Go Per Page?
    • Above the line vs. below the line
    • What costs what?
  • What Aspects of a Script Will Cost the Most Money in Production
    • And how genre plays a BIG role
  • Writing for Locations
    • What locations are generally easy and which are more of a headache for producers?
    • Questions you should be prepared to answer if producers ask you about locations
    • Strategies to write a script that will allow producers to maximize locations
  • Steps You Can Take to Make Your Script Less Expensive Without Sacrificing Your Story
  • Do You Know How Long It Will Take to Shoot Your Script?
    • How long does it take to shoot different scenes?
    • What will make a scene take longer to shoot?
    • Tips on writing action that can be shot efficiently
    • Taking into consideration the number of characters in a scene
  • How You Can Adjust Your Script to Better Fit Your Schedule
    • Removing scenes altogether vs. making adjustments
  • Strategies to Consider Moving Forward
    • Who do you really want to give you notes on your script?
  • Case Study
    • Shane will dissect one of his own scripts page-by-page to demonstrate how producers would read it.
  • Q&A with Shane

About Your Instructor

Multi Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author Shane Stanley has worked in almost every capacity on and off the set with hit shows like ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and SEINFELD and producing films like Sony Pictures’ GRIDIRON GANG a #1 box office hit starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. For three years, Shane was Vice President of Sheen/Michaels Entertainment where he produced several motion pictures starring Marlon Brando, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Hayden Church, Donald Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Sean Penn, John Travolta, and Charlie and Martin Sheen. Shane recently released his book What You Don’t Learn In Film School, which covers filmmaking from concept to delivery and has already landed on required reading lists at several universities across the country. Shane continues to produce and direct independent films of all levels, and just wrapped production on his latest action thriller BREAK EVEN. Over the countless films he has produced, Shane has gotten pre-production down to a science and knows what it takes to prepare a film of any level.

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