Masters of Craft: The Screenwriter's Process with FIGHT CLUB Writer Jim Uhls

Hosted by Jim Uhls

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Jim Uhls

Webinar hosted by: Jim Uhls

Screenwriter, FIGHT CLUB, JUMPER, THE DESTROYER

Jim Uhls is the screenwriter behind FIGHT CLUB (directed by David Fincher, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, based off of the critically acclaimed Chuck Palahniuk novel) as well as the Doug Liman film JUMPER, which has grossed over $222 million worldwide. Next up, Jim is the screenwriter for the new Shane Black film, THE DESTROYER, and THE LEVIATHAN at 20th Century FOX. Full Bio »

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A MASTERS OF CRAFT WEBINAR - ONLY ON STAGE 32!
 
It takes a special person to be a screenwriter. It takes a lion's heart, discipline, patience and perseverance. It also takes a willingness to learn from those who came before, found success in their craft and developed the skills necessary to navigate the business.
 
FIGHT CLUB. Need we say more? OK. How about JUMPER? Or the in development THE DESTROYER to be directed by Shane Black. And, of course, any number of scripts for which this legendary screenwriter has collected hefty paychecks on and which never have seen the light of day. (Oh, he'll be teaching about that as well.)
 
Jim Uhls knows what's what. For over 30 years, Jim has been a working writer in the industry. He was there during bull market for screenwriters, through the independent movement, through the studio resurgence, and into the here and now of the indie renaissance and the dawn of digital and the streamers.
 
Now Jim is bringing his extensive knowledge of the craft and the business to teach exclusively for Stage 32 and our Masters of Craft series.
 
In this meticulous step-by-step presentation, Jim is going to show you how you can mine for great ideas and bring them to maturity. He will teach you how to bring unparalleled depth to your characters.  He'll show you how to write by seeing the trailer in your mind. How to use stream of consciousness as a tool to outline your script and find your beats. How to use emotional logic to power your work and much more. How to make sure your material is as attractive as possible to managers, agents, talent, producers, and financiers. He's even going to show you how to adopt a book, using FIGHT CLUB as an example!
 
Most of all Jim is going to show you how to channel the passion and remove the cynicism and blocks that were not present when you first started.
 
"I've never quite met anyone like Jim. His skills are undeniable and revered in the business. But it's his approach, his consistency, his way in to the material and the characters and his ability to see the entire landscape in a clear, calm matter that sets him apart. He's a true original and an inspiration to so many including yours truly. I've learned so much from him."
 
-Richard "RB" Botto - CEO Stage 32, Screenwriter
 
 
This is a masterclass you will not want to miss. Jim will leave you laughing, full of energy, and ready to write!

What You'll Learn

Just some of what Jim will be teaching you includes:

  • What drives us to write and how do we use that?
  • Our brains – the right side and the left side and what it means to our writing
  • Writing scenes outside the script
  • Character interviews to create more worldly, realistic and relatable characters
  • How to use stream of consciousness to outline and flesh out your script
  • How to write a trailer for the film as a method to see the 3 acts of the story as well as character arcs
  • POV – Who knows what, when?
  • Character check - How well drawn are our characters?
  • Using emotional logic as a tool
  • How our characters should and can have multiple motivations
  • Adapting a book using FIGHT CLUB as an example
  • Lessons from a life in the business
  • Q&A
  • Much more!

About Your Instructor

Jim Uhls is the screenwriter behind FIGHT CLUB (directed by David Fincher, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, based off of the critically acclaimed Chuck Palahniuk novel) as well as the Doug Liman film JUMPER, which has grossed over $222 million worldwide. Next up, Jim is the screenwriter for the new Shane Black film, THE DESTROYER, and THE LEVIATHAN at 20th Century FOX.

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