How to Write a Screenplay
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Everyone has a brilliant idea for a movie!

Whenever you ask them what that is, they say something like ‘a guy who gets stuck in a time-loop!’

Us experienced screenwriters always sigh inside a little. No one ever has any more than this. All they have is the first turning-point. And that’s it! One scene 20 minutes into a movie and very little else. Not 5% of what’s required for the most basic story-idea.

Who’s your protagonist? What’s the second turning-point? What’s your theme? What is the protagonist’s internal-conflict? Etc…

No one ever knows all that other stuff. And without it, they don’t have anything close to an actual movie. All they have is a vague idea. Well, here’s how to turn that vague idea - into your very own Hollywood-calibre screenplay!

“You can write a good script, or a Hollywood-script, choose one!” - Me right now

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For just $10, we’ll send you a ‘DIPLOMA’ (really just a postcard) to commemorate the completion of your new script!

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Now that you’ve written your first script, do you want to know how it compares to everyone else’s work? Would you like high-quality script-notes on your story-structure?

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Now it’s time to actually start writing!


First 10min

15 to 23min


First 10min


First 5min



First 20min

Next 30-45min

Opening Titles

Inciting Incident

First Turning Point


State Theme

Raise Stakes/New Setting


Pit of Despair

Company Credits

Introduce Sub-Plots

Plot & Sub-Plots Evolve

Page 0

First 12 Pages

Pages 18 to 25

Page 50

First 12 Pages


First 6 Pages

Page 69

Title Page

First 24 Pages

Next 40-50 Pages


Second Turning Point

Raise Stakes/New Setting

65 to 70min


Page 70 to 75


Closing Credits

The Climax

The End

The Denouement

Character-Arc Completed

Love-Story Concludes

Sub-Plots Conclude

The Final Battle

95min Runtime




70 to 80min


70 to 75min


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100 Pages Total

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