Is your goal to break into Hollywood or film making?
Maybe to write that next great screenplay or movie that you have stuck in your mind?
Can you imagine what it’s like to have your own idea made into a movie for all to see? (That would be really cool, wouldn’t it?)
Well it’s all possible and there are tons of people just like you who break into Hollywood and film making every year. Hollywood is a town that thrives on ideas and talent. It’s a town that needs a continuous infusion of new ideas and fresh screenplays.
In fact, it is the career path of a screenwriter that allows for ANYONE to break into the Hollywood film industry at the highest level.
There are a few other careers in the world which allow someone who is a complete outsider with little to no industry contacts to break in and leap directly to the very top, bypassing the entire RAT RACE that everyone else is engaged in.
DON’T THINK IT DOESN’T HAPPEN… IT DOES.
And maybe YOU can be next. (WHY NOT YOU?)
Think about this, if you were to break into screenwriting you would be able to:
Just look at the pay rates and the amounts of money to be made by becoming a screenwriter:
On low budget films screenwriters get a minimum of over $62,000 for their screenplays and on higher budget films that minimum rate balloons to nearly $120,000.
But of course these are just the minimum pay rates, everyone has heard about the major deals that are in the mid-six figures and higher, even in the millions of dollars, and some of these deals are by first time writers.
Here are some examples…
Gregory Widen sold his original screenplay for “Highlander” for $500,000 and he was still in college.
Two guys named Bobby Florsheim and Josh Stolberg, two unproduced writers, they were paid $2.5 million plus 2% of the profits when they sold their script for “Evan Almighty”.
Then there was a buddy of mine from my NYU days, a guy named Gary Nedeau.
He co-wrote the movie “Jack” that had Robin Williams star in it and was directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
It was both writers’ first feature screenplay, and I know first hand that they wrote that script in just one week, they were paid $650,000 and it sold before the ink was even dry.
And just THIS YEAR first time screenwriter and complete outsider Evan Daugherty sold his screenplay “Snow White and the Huntsman” to Universal Studios for $3 million. (You read that right… $3,000,000.)
And his screenplay was discovered because he won a screenplay competition… one that ANY screenwriter can enter.
The point of all this is screenwriting can be very lucrative… BUT YOU HAVE TO DO IT RIGHT!
The reality is this, if you expect to have any chance of success in screenwriting, your material has to meet certain requirements. And the list of those requirements is long and it’s somewhat intimidating, especially if you are new to screenwriting.
For example your screenplay needs to have all of this:
Fully Developed Characters, a Compelling Plot, Proper Structure, Two Plot-Turning Points, Three Acts, a Mid-Point Scene, a Character Arc, a Theme, Subplots, Scenes & Sequences, a Climax and a Resolution.
(ONLY THEN add to that proper Screenplay Format, proper Length, proper Writing Style, properly Written Dialogue, and properly Written Action.)
Of course if you miss any of these parts, then the likelihood of your screenplay succeeding decreases significantly, if not completely.
And this is why nearly all aspiring screenwriters fail, because writing a good screenplay is not easy, it’s not impossible, but it’s just not easy. And if you think you can take some short cut and write your first script in 30 days without knowing and understanding all the different parts and requirements, then you’re just placing yourself into the vast majority of screenwriting efforts that WILL FAIL.
(YOU ARE IN THIS TO SUCCEED, RIGHT??)
WELL IT GET’S WORSE!
Because the truth is this… You can write a screenplay that meets the entire list of requirements, AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF “EXPERTS” WILLING TO TEACH YOU THEM, and yet still fail and fail in a big way!
Because to write a successful screenplay requires MUCH MORE, and this is the key difference between screenwriters who break through and get the big paydays and those that don’t.
You see, for a screenplay to succeed and a writer to break though, you’re script NEEDS to make all of the parts work together perfectly.
AND THIS IS WHERE THIS COURSE, SOFTWARE AND METHOD ARE SO ESSENTIAL FOR SCREENWRITING SUCCESS….
That’s right… there are specific patterns found in the most successful movies and these patterns cut across every genre and type:
Action, Horror, Thrillers, Comedies, Dramas and Romance Movies… THEY ALL SHARE THESE PATTERNS!
In fact over 99% of movies have these EXACT SAME PATTERNS.
These patterns are more important than everything else in a screenplay: Structure, dialogue, scene selection, plot points… you name it!
Every part of a movie is secondary to these patterns in terms of increasing a screenplay’s chance to get recognized and potentially produced into a movie.
And knowing these are much more important than most aspiring screenwriters ever realize, because these patterns are what separate the 1% of screenplays that succeed from the 99% that fail.
BUT this all goes even further…
These patterns are EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN A SCREENPLAY’S VERY IDEA or CONCEPT!
Think about it… We all know that BAD MOVIES get made all the time.
How many times have you seen a movie and were like “How the hell did THAT get made and my stuff won’t even get read?”
The answer is simple:
THESE PATTERNS ENABLE BAD MOVIES TO BE MADE!!
That’s right… most “bad” movies are usually based on “bad” ideas, but the writers GET THESE PATTERNS RIGHT!
Do you know what this means?
THIS IS WHAT INDUSTRY INSIDERS ARE LOOKING FOR WHEN THEY READ SCREENPLAYS MORE THAN ANY OTHER PART! (Whether or not they even realize it.)
Think of the advantage you’ll have knowing these patterns:
By understanding the relationship between these parts and knowing how to craft a story that takes advantage of these relationships you will be able to:
THEY OCCUR IN THE MOST SUCCESSFUL MOVIES NO MATTER THE GENRE!
All these movies demonstrate the EXACT SAME PATTERNS at the most fundamental levels of character and plot interaction:
French Kiss, Die Hard, Good Will Hunting, Liar Liar, The Fugitive, Slumdog Millionaire, 50 First Dates, Back to the Future, Sideways, Notting Hill, Armageddon, What About Bob, Race to Witch Mountain, Rain Man…
In fact, a full list of movies would include nearly every successful movie we’ve looked at!
Our approach to screenwriting centers on two unique and innovative methods of developing a story for a movie called:
“THE CORE ELEMENT METHOD” and “THE THEMATIC GAP”
The Core Element Method is simply the most comprehensive, quickest, easiest and most effective way to develop and write a story for a movie that WILL meet the highest professional standards that are expected by Hollywood readers.
The Core Element Method is about focusing on the two core components a movie, namely character and plot, and understanding how they actually relate to and interact with each other.
The Core Element Method identifies how certain parts of the main character interact directly with certain parts of the plot. These are the essential parts of a movie called the “Eight Core Elements”.
Focusing on these “Eight Core Elements” as a movie idea is developed and outlined allows a writer to seamlessly integrate a main character with the plot of the story they are telling, as well as identify relevant themes and subplots, important secondary characters, required structural moments and everything else that a PROFESSIONAL SCREENPLAY MUST HAVE.
This is a practical and applicable method that is easy to learn and use.
The results of using the Core Element Method:
This is what a Core Element Map looks like:
The details of the Character / Plot relationship are incredible in the above map. Every major part of a movie can be extracted by knowing and identifying the Core Elements.
In fact, this sample map comes from a movie idea that is developed as part of course itself and THIS ONE SIMPLE MAP INCLUDES ALL OF THIS:
By using this method there is NO GUESSWORK about your structure. Key moments within a movie, such as the two major Plot-Turning Points, are easily identified. And once the timeline is arranged, coming up with scenes and sequences is easy because every key moment and everything that must be happening is clear. And concepts such CONFLICT and DRAMA will be an automatic RESULT of the writing process.
The Screenwriting Mega Course is an self-study course that teaches everything a writer needs to know in order to write a PROFESSIONAL SCREENPLAY that will meet ALL of the Hollywood industry standards.
Plot Control identifies eight specific Core Elements that form the basis of any good movie.
These eight components are the basis for everything that MUST happen within the story… these include all of the relevant scenes, sequences, characters, character actions and dialogue.
Using Plot Control, eliminates any guesswork in outlining the structure of your movie because the software creates it for you.
Using Plot Control, eliminates any guesswork in outlining the structure of your movie because the software creates it for you.
All you have to do is start with an idea from any stage and then, you figure out what happens during certain key points within each act; the software indicates what should happen and when.
Plus “Instant Outline”…
A very powerful tool called the “Instant Outline” allows you with just one click of a button the ability to generate you a complete outline of your entire story, which can then be printed or exported to software like Final Draft, Word or any other program you might want to use. It’s comprehensive, quick and easy!
You’ll also have unlimited access to the private Quick Start training materials that will guide you through using Plot Control and the key aspects of the core elements.
This exclusive training will show you how to put together an entire screen story from just a spark of inspiration.
Starting with just an idea, Mitchell German demonstrates how use Plot Control and the Core Element Method in a way that leaves NO DOUBT as to the process and story building power that is taught and used in this course.
The Core Element Story Foundation Worksheets- These will allow you brainstorm the core elements outside the confines of the software; especially if you’re the kind of person who really likes to work things out on paper.
The Core Element Story Structure/Timeline Worksheets- Like the foundation worksheets, these allow you to work through the structure of your movie on paper but with all of the key structural moments clearly identified for you.
3 Different Character Development Worksheets- These will help you to develop three dimensional characters, while you maintain a clear focus on the real purpose of character development by asking the right questions, and thinking through your character’s relationship to the rest of your movie.
Scene & Sequence Worksheets- As you use the software and zero in on the specific scenes and sequences that will be required for your story, these worksheets will help you to identify the specific details such as character actions and dialogue that are really the anchors to any scene or sequence.
Reelwriting’s Fast and Easy Action Guides is a 105 page PDF Document that provides you with step-by-step action items to immediately incorporate into Plot Control:
Imagine asking Mitchell German anything about the course or your own screenplay? Well you WILL!!
If you sign up for the Mega Course TODAY we’ll throw in:
A 30-MINUTE, ONE-ON-ONE, PRIVATE TELEPHONE CONSULTATION WITH MITCHELL GERMAN or HOWARD REICHAMN!
Private Coaching students pay OVER $10,000 to work with Mitchell… but for YOU it’s FREE!
Plus YOU get to choose the topic… so you can talk about anything YOU want!
(Limited space available for this opportunity, so you should take advantage of this offer before all the spots are gone.)
The Screenwriting Mega Course is comprised of 5 comprehensive modules that cover everything a screenwriter needs to know to take any concept or idea for a movie and turn it into a fully fleshed out screenplay with relevant characters, subplots and themes.
This course starts with fundamentals of screenwriting such as “What makes a story?” and script format. It then teaches the Eight Core Elements of a movie and demonstrates how these eight essential parts form the framework of any successful screenplay. It explains how theme actually integrates into a story and the relationship between the main character, theme and subplots. It delves into a detailed analysis and explanation of movie structure. It finishes with character development, scenes & sequences building, and finally story expansion and scripting. It then covers how to get your script out there and in front of the producers, directors and industry professionals.
Here is the breakdown of the five modules:
Module 1 has six lessons about the basics of screenwriting. It explains clearly and concisely what a story for a movie is (and what types of “situations” are not actually stories at all). The module also covers the role of a screenwriter, movies as a visual medium, screenplay format and all the basic parts of a screenplay / movie.
The first module covers:
Module 2 explains the Eight Core Elements. These eight fundamental parts of a movie reveal how the Protagonist and the Plot are actually and complete interwoven and relevant to each other.
This module is comprised of 6 comprehensive lessons, including one example session which reveals the Core Elements from 10 major movies, and one intensive exercise which demonstrates how to take any idea for a movie and expand it using the Core Element Method.
The second module covers:
The focus of module 3 is about how “theme” works in movies and how to integrate a theme into a story. If you are confused about what theme is or how to properly incorporate a theme into your screenplays, then this module will be invaluable.
This module has six lessons that simply teach everything you need to know about theme in movies, including an example session explaining theme from 10 major movies. The module finishes off with a demonstration of how to use the Core Elements to determine a story’s themes and the related subplots.
The third module covers:
Module 4 is unquestionably the most comprehensive education that you can get on screenplay / movie structure. Structure is about MUCH MORE than just THREE ACTS. You can spend enormous sums of money and attend the best film schools yet you will not learn as much as you will from this module.
This module has 13 lessons, including three example session that reveal the structural patterns of 10 major movies. Simply put this module covers everything about structure. It pulls together all of the elements that have been explained in the previous modules and demonstrates how all the different pieces come together to create a movie.
The module finishes with the introduction of the “Core Element Timeline”. This incredible lesson shows how to take the Core Elements that were fleshed out in the previous two demonstrations and integrate those elements EXACTINGLY into the structure of a movie… the results of this exercise are amazing, you end up with a story BROKEN DOWN INTO THREE ACTS & PERFECT STRUCTURE!
The forth module covers:
The final module of the course pulls everything together.
Unlike other methods of formulating and writing screenplays that start with the creation and development of characters… THIS COURSE ENDS WITH IT.
This distinction is critical, because using other methods very often result in unfocused and unrelated characters and scenes. With this system that won’t happen because the Core Elements DICTATE what is relevant about the characters and a writer develops their characters with a very clear picture of what those characters need to do and be.
And the same thing goes for scenes, a writer knows EXACTLY what needs to happen at every point of a movie and therefore can develop and come up with the scenes that meet those goals.
The last module covers: