Kelly Schwarze - Emmy Award Winning Director
& Author of What Film School Doesn't Teach You
Whether you are learning how to write a screenplay or are a veteran screenwriter, this is the perfect tool for you. This book reveals the mysteries of screenwriting from concept development, subplots, to format and beyond by using easy to follow templates and examples.
Geoffrey D. Calhoun (Heroes from Heaven - S.O.S. - Lily) is the founder of WeFixYourScript.com where he and his team mentor indie filmmakers and support them with all aspects of screenwriting from concept to development, polishing a script, one on one consultation, and even write for hire. Geoffrey is a multi-award-winning screenwriter and is sought out as a script consultant and a re-writer for various stages of development and production. He is the director of the Script Summit Screenplay Contest which is listed as one of the biggest Screenplay Competitions by The Script Lab.
He is known for his fast-paced thrillers but has also won awards for comedies and dramas. He has received honors in several film festivals and contests including the Louis Mitchell Award for Excellence in Writing. In 2017 Geoffrey was listed as a Top 100 Indie Writer in the World. He believes everyone is a writer at heart and has dedicated himself to help others learn the craft. His seminars are designed to break down the mysteries of screenwriting by using easy to follow templates, outlines, and modern popular films as examples.
IN THE PRESS
When it comes to the world of screenwriting there are several different books that discuss the foundations of the craft. Calhoun’s book, “The Guide For Every Screenwriter From Synopsis to Subplots: The Secrets of Screenwriting Revealed,” may appear no different at first glance, but deep within its core are several precise reference tools and some unswerving advice, all of which comes across as solid, well-founded, and informative.
In Part I: Development, Calhoun discusses such aspects as character, theme, and concept to help a writer foster their inspiration. Offering up several diagrams, templates, and worksheets, Calhoun provides a plethora of ways for a writer to work through initial stages of writing/screenwriting.
But it is when Calhoun delves into the minutia of structure, in Part II, that we are privy to a solid conceptual understanding of how plot works for Calhoun himself. Calhoun creates his own diagrammatic structural model (which he provides in the book) that allows him to breakdown some of Hollywood’s best-plotted films. By coalescing his real-life experience as a screenwriter, story editor, and script doctor with his knowledge of the most prolific storytelling/screenwriting authors (Campbell, Field, Vogler, Snyder, etc.) Calhoun creates a structural mosaic that is highly accessible, even to the most novice of writers.
Part III: Format, contains several important, pragmatic and current formatting tips (as of 2019) for every screenwriter to remember. In PART IV: What Comes Next and Part V: Networking, Calhoun’s real-world expertise really shines. These last sections, offering up honest and straight forward advice, provide important suggestions about making connections, script protection, and employment, without being bogged down by diatribe.
Through a combination of his notion as to how the writing process works, his understanding of structure, and his practical experience in the industry, Calhoun refreshingly offers up an approach to screenwriting that is of value to novices and pros alike.
MORGAN I.P. FICS
Have the secrets of screenwriting revealed to you in seminars & workshops presented by Geoffrey. He believes everyone has a story inside of them and wants to help you tell it through the craft of screenwriting. Geoffrey has made it his mission to break down the mysteries of screenwriting which is why his interactive seminars are the perfect companion piece to The Guide for Every Screenwriter.
Amongst the topics Geoffrey discusses are:
The 9 Point Main Plot Outline
Surviving Act 2
The Secrets of Subplots
Tips & Tricks
High vs Low Concept
Synopsis & Treatments
Branding yourself as a writer