At Raindance we know that getting a story from your brain to the page can be the longest journey ever.
How long have you been working on your story, treatment, character development or screenplay without actually moving it forward in a significant way or getting it finished?
Most writing courses talk about technique, how you approach character, or deal with story structure. These are all important elements of creating a unique story or screenplay to be sure. These elements help you hone the craft of story and screenwriting, but doesn’t help you get your bum in the chair day after day, discipline your focus, or give you the road map to reach your story and screenwriting goal in record time. For this, you need a PROCESS.
Jeff Bollow has developed an exclusive SYSTEM called the F.A.S.T. Step Program – it’s everything you need to know, do, and master in process guide to ramp up your story and screenwriting speed and get your project to sale.
This innovative process not only holds your hand (or kicks your butt!) on a daily basis to move you quickly through the writing process BUT ALSO helps you from an early stage to set up your story or screenplay for successful SALE.
Every project is unique, so story development should never be formulaic. But to turn any idea into a screenplay, the process is always the same. By turning that process into a system, Jeff Bollow helps you grow your ideas into original screenplays that get into producers’ hands.
This interactive one-day writing workshop takes you through the F.A.S.T. Step Program, with practice exercises and strategies to get you on the fast-track to completing your story or screenplay in record time AND putting them screenplay in the hands of producers who will make it.
There is a pre-course assignment for this workshop, so please email us when you’ve registered to receive the assignment.
Saturday June 29th, starts 10:00 a.m.
The SETUP Phase: Why are we doing this? And how will we get there?
Screenplays only exist to be turned into films
What producers need in your screenplay and WHY
How to get from Point A (your idea) to Point B (the producer’s “Yes”)
How to break down the PROCESS to create quality with speed (F.A.S.T.)
How to guarantee impact: The skill of Setup & Payoff
The key to becoming a pro: Align your passion with their needs
The secret to creating the spectacular (“a compelling promise exceeded”)
The FOCUS Phase: The art of organic story development
Turning IDEAS into compelling screen STORIES organically
How to gather your ideas and identify the best one (start with passion)
Gather your ideas, shape your ideas, map your ideas into a plan
The Focus Phase — your guide to your story (short and long versions)
The APPLY Phase: The power of speed writing
How to tap your creative intuition
Staying on course while your brain goes off
The trick to a powerful first draft (keep moving forward)
The STRENGTHEN Phase : The clear path to effective rewriting
How to analyze your work objectively
Everything is interconnected — the 6 levels of every project
Consider the whole as you move from broad to narrow
Assess through the eyes of the 3 audiences
The trick to avoid getting lost in the chaos of the rewrite
“All writing is rewriting” — How to use the rewrite as story development
The TWEAK Phase: The art of polishing it into a page-turner
How to know when you’re ready to tweak
Designing pages that pop — guide the reader’s eye
How to guarantee it’s a page-turner screenplay
What you must do before you send it out
The ALIGNMENT Phase: Getting and using notes and feedback
The secret skill of the professional screenwriter
How to interpret notes, and determine which to ignore
How to adapt your story to their needs
The PAYOFF Phase: Identify and connect with the ideal producer
The promise progression: Logline, Pitch, Synopsis, Screenplay
How to identify your ideal producer
How to map a path to Your Unique Deal (stop following the herd)
Why you should do this last
Closing and NEXT STEPS
At 3:00 pm we break out and you connect with Jeff to debrief and talk about your writing projects.