Outlining Your Next Feature: 3-Week Program Starts Sun 8/19

Sundays 8/19 & 8/26 @ 9:00am - 11:00am PT + Private One-on-Ones Saturday 9/1 @ 9:00am - 11:00am PT
Hosted by John Hilary Shepherd, Vice President of Development (New Republic Pictures)

Often times a script’s concept is phenomenal and you’ve hooked the exec, but once they get into the meat of the story, things slowly collapse like a flan in a cupboard. What went wrong? A story is a long journey and it helps to have a map.

John Shepherd is here to teach you how to craft a strong outline. Your script won't write itself, but this will help give you the solid structural foundation you need so your plot does not fall flat and instead resonates with an audience through three compelling acts. Each class will feature a lecture using examples from different movies and top-notch writers, including recent Oscar nominees Hell or Highwater, Arrival and Hidden Figures. In Week 1: Get the Know-How; in Week 2: Get the Notes; Week 3 will be a personal call with John to finalize your new outline!

In This 3-Week Clinic You Will Learn How To:
  • Identify the classical beats of a story
  • Create the main character’s inner needs and exterior challenges
  • Outline the journey your character, plotting out your three acts and key story points
  • Identify how that journey reflects on your character's emotional arc
  • Set up the third act resolution in a satisfying manner

Each writer will leave the 3 week clinic with a solid outline for their next feature!

Upon registration, writers will be sent the Outline Clinic Handout document and the TOOTSIE script. They will be instructed to fully review both prior to the first session.

About Your Instructor:

John Hilary Shepherd is Vice President of Development for Brian Oliver's New Republic Pictures, after running development at Cross Creek Pictures and overseeing a slate of films that grossed $1.2 billion worldwide and received 3 Academy Award wins and 2 Best Picture Oscar nominations. He has an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute and a WGA Award nomination for his work on the Showtime television show "Nurse Jackie."