From Concept to the First Draft

Richard Scobie

MA Screenwriting for Film & Television

This online course explores the key concepts and fundamental principles involved in the process of screenwriting.

The most overwhelming, yet critical step for the screenwriter is the first draft. Staring at a blank sheet of paper can induce “writer’s block” faster than any other challenge facing a screenwriter. Screenwriting: From Concept to the First Draft will equip you with a roadmap for tackling your initial draft and guide you to the next steps on the scriptwriting journey.

In this class, Richard will teach you how to jumpstart the writing process and complete a written first draft of your screenplay. You’ll learn how to:
Organize your ideas into scenes and acts
Approach character development and dialogue
Take the next steps after the first draft is complete.

Richard Scobie is a writer, producer, director, and musician, whose work spans movies, television, and music. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Scobie graduated with a degree in Urban Development from the University of San Francisco and holds a First Class Honours MA degree in Screenwriting from the National Film School of Ireland, winning the prestigious “Thesis Award for Academic Excellence in Writing” from the Writers Guild of Ireland.

Starting out as a professional musician, Scobie began his filmmaking career writing music for such films as; Ben Stiller’s “The Suburbans,” Rodney Dangerfield’s “The Godson,” as well as for Richard Dreyfuss’ TV show, “The Education of Max Bickford,” and from there, eventually turned to producing, directing & writing.

One of his screenplays, “66 Degrees North”, was one of the top ten finalists of the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, as well as being one of the 2010 winners at the Producers Guild of America ‘Produced by Conference.’

Scobie wrote, produced and directed the short film “Afhjúpunin” (Blindsided) which was screened at the Reykjavik International Film Festival in 2012 to rave reviews. Scobie also directed “Deadbook,” which won the prestigious ‘Van Gogh’ Award for “Best Drama” in 2014 at the Amsterdam Film Festival. It also garnished seven additional nominations; one for ‘Best Drama’ at the Berlin Independent Film Festival and the Strasbourg International Film Festival. His screenplay “The Boneyard Boys,” made it into the semi-finals at the 2017 Austin Film Festival. Out of 9,478 scripts submitted, Scobie’s comedy-drama was in the top 2% (top 22).

Screenwriting: From Concept to the First Draft is your opportunity to learn how to conquer one of screenwriting’s greatest challenges and get your ideas developed and down on paper.

  • Why Focus on the First Draft?
  • Overcome your fear of writing
  • The Importance of a Writing Schedule
  • Choose What Story to Write
  • What makes a Compelling Story?
  • The Protagonist’s Journey and Desire
  • Understanding the Three Act Structure
  • Script Structure: Events Along the Journey
  • Tools for Shaping Your Script
  • Write Act 1
  • Write Act 2 & 3
  • How to Generate Conflict
  • Understand Your Characther’s World
  • Add Color to the Scene: Dialouge
  • Flashbacks, Voiceover & Non-linear Scenes
  • Celebrating the Milestone
  • How to Get Constructive Feedback
  • Manking Your Elevator Pitch.
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