Crash Course: Understanding Action

Dannah Axelrod
Development Executive @ Cartel Pictures
Saturdays 6/6 & 6/13 @ 11:00am - 1:00pm PT

Sold Out - Waitlist Available

Are you someone who loves to go see action movies, where you can feel your adrenaline climbing through each set piece, and thought to yourself, “I want to write something like that”? Well don’t keep thinking that for too long! Take this two week clinic and get that idea fleshed out in record time!

This 2-Week Clinic Will Cover: 

  • Crafting high stakes 
  • Maintaining tension  
  • The importance of a compelling protagonist
  • Feedback on your 1-2 page synopsis
  • Live Q&A!
About Your Host

Dannah started out her career as a TV/MP literary assistant at The Rothman Brecher Agency where she worked closely with showrunners, creators, and directors. She later moved on to Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s, Imagine Entertainment, where she assisted in the development, staffing and casting of multiple shows such as The Bastard Executioner, Mars, and 24:Legacy. From there, she received an opportunity to work at Ben Silverman and Howard Owen’s company, Propagate Content, where she helped sell and develop multiple shows for both broadcast and cable networks such as CBS' Blood & Treasure and Charmed on the CW. Before starting at Cartel Pictures spearheading the TV movie and Feature division, she worked along side Mandy Teefey as the development executive at Kicked to the Curb Productions whose credits include 13 Reasons Why and Living Undocumented on Netflix.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation email that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email you will find a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to your syllabus, instructions for submitting material (if any), and the link to join the Live Class. Sessions are conducted via video conferencing software ZOOM. You will receive a link to the recording of the session via email following the live session.

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available for most multi-week classes. For 4-week programs, your balance will be due the second week of class. For longer programs, the balance will be broken up into 3 or 4 payments with the final payment due prior to the final week of class. Please note that you are responsible for the full price of the class even if you decide not to complete the program for any reason.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel for a full refund up to 72 hrs. prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this deadline will be ineligible for refunds.


If you have any questions at all about this class, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at!