This review was written on 19th November 2008
What I Liked About This Course
This writing course is written by three experts in the field of script writing so you know that they know what they're talking about. It's also written in an upbeat and incredibly motivational style that really gets your creative juices flowing and makes you feel that you really can write a brilliant screenplay in a month, even if you've never written one before.
My Gripes About Write a Movie in a Month
I only had one gripe about this course, and it really isn't a gripe at all. The one problem that I found was that all the bonuses that come with the course are so huge it would take you more than a month to get through them all. Included in the amazing bonuses are 850 sample screenplays and over 200 TV scripts! These are all fascinating to read and compare, but it takes a lot of time to do it.
Write a Movie in a Month is a course that is sent to you on a CD ROM. It is mainly written by James Lambert from Los Angeles who has written, and ghost-written, over 50 screenplays that have been produced in both the US and the UK.
This is a huge manual that comes with several bonuses that make the whole course incredibly great value for money. In fact it's worth getting the course just for the bonuses themselves.
Most of the course centers on the need for creating rich and complex characters. Movies are always character driven so it's essential to really get to know the characters in your screenplay. And James explains how to do this with his special framework which he explains in detail. This framework is a brilliant technique and would also work for novelists, and even short story writers.
He also explains his five-part W.R.I.T.E. formula for writing a winning screenplay which is extremely useful and really helps to make the screen writing process a very simple one.
James Lambert is a great screen writer and he has such as easy way of explaining all the techniques he uses to write quickly and productively, but I don't want to give too much away about all his formulas, etc, so I'm not going to talk about them any more.
This course also includes a guide to plotting you movie, written by Steven Wannamaker. This guide is invaluable. Plotting is covered in the main manual, but Steven gives much more in-depth advice on this cruicial area of screen writing.
Mark Lewin has also contributed a manual on formatting your screenplay. This has to be one of the best guides to formatting a screenplay that I've ever come across so far. Mark goes into great detail of exactly how your scenes should be set out, how to write instructions to the actors, and much more.
The bonuse items with this course include a "Little Black Book of Movie Industry Contacts" which lists movie producers, production companies and agents in the US and the UK. It also contains information about how to submit your screenplay and even has a sample query letter that you can change and adapt to suit your own needs.
Another bonus item is screenplay-writing software that automatically formats your script.
And there is also the movie and TV scripts which were mentioned earlier.
This is a huge course packed into a CD (that will run on any computer including Macs,) and shipped anywhere in the world. If you've ever wanted to write a screenplay, or even just thought about it, then you should really buy this course. You won't be disappointed and by this time next month, you'll have your screenplay in your hands. And the course provides complete instructions of how to sell your movie script too.
You can read more about Write a Movie in a Month at Write a Movie in a Month.