Movie are amazing, aren't they?
I think we can all agree on this. Every time I go to a theater or hit the 'Play' button at home, it's magic. And I'm sure it's the same for you. I love movies so much that I decided early on in my life that I wanted to create my own. The first step of learning how to make something is observing how OTHERS made it before you. Breaking it down, turning it over, seeing how the mechanics inside the machine work. It not only helps you learn the craft but also gives you a greater appreciation for the art you consume.
That's what the Write Like series is all about: learning and understanding the craft of movies. So why turn this into a series of courses? Because I figured that what is immensely helpful to me is probably also helpful to you! Seriously, this is the type of stuff I do on my own anyways and it felt like a waste to make all of these little notes for myself, only to be tucked away on a digital document in the cloud. I have learned so much from others in the movie industry that I wanted to find a way to give back to the film community.
But I'm not making your standard 'How to Write a Movie' course or anything like that. There are soooo many good books and courses which cover the basics and mechanics of screenwriting - making my own course would be painfully redundant. Plus, a lot of those books/courses are weighed heavily with theories and ideas without clear examples of how they are implemented. Instead, I want to do thorough, deep-dives on films, showing the EXACT scenes where these theories are put into place. For me (and hopefully, for you), this helps to truly grasp the art of screenwriting and filmmaking when I can see those methods put into place.
Along with looking at actual movies, I also provide activities for each lesson related to the things we discover. Testing out and implementing these ideas with your OWN works is going to help stow away these skills deep in your subconscious. The more you practice, the better you will become at writing and understanding movies.
I hope you enjoy these courses! Feel free to comment and let me know what movie you want to see tackled next. And as always, feedback on how to make these courses even BETTER is appreciated!