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On the Page

Ten-minute writing tools take your script from premise to polish.

On the Page

Got ten minutes? Write your script.

On the Page is the ultimate resource for the busy writer. Offering over 20 ten-minute writing tools that take your script from the brainstorming stage, through the outline, into a finished script and even into the rewrite.

Screenwriting Instructor Pilar Alessandra guides writers of all levels through each phase of the process with her engaging and user-friendly approach. An internationally renowned speaker on screenwriting and story pitching, Pilar's unique methods have helped countless writers finish their screenplays, win major writing competitions, and make script sales to studios such as Disney, DreamWorks, Warner Brothers and Sony.

Now she's assembled her exercises so that you can get your screenplay out of your head... and On the Page.

CHAPTERS

STEP 1: BRAINSTORM THE IDEA
  • BRAINSTORMING FROM CHARACTERS
  • BRAINSTORMING FROM EVENT
  • BRAINSTORMING FROM PREMISE

STEP 2: FIND THE STORY
  • CREATING CHARACTER RULES
  • USING SET-UP AND PAYOFF
  • DISCOVERING YOUR ENDING
  • FINDING THE STRUCTURE
STEP 3: OUTLINE THE BEATS
  • FINDING THE GOAL, ACTIVITY AND COMPLICATION
  • REWRITING THE BEAT SHEET
  • ADDING SCENES
STEP 4: WRITE THE ROUGH DRAFT
  • WRITING AROUND INTENTION
STEP 5: BUILD THE SCENES
  • FINDING "THE TAKE"
  • BEEFING UP YOUR CHARACTER SET-UP
  • CREATING ACTIVITY FROM FLAW
STEP 6: HONE THE PAGES
  • ELIMINATING THE CAMERA DIRECTION
  • DESCRIBING YOUR CHARACTERS
STEP 7: PUNCH UP THE DIALOGUE
  • DEFINING YOUR VERBAL STRATEGY
  • EDITING THE EXPOSITION
  • FINDING THE PERFECT LINE
Pilar Alessandra is the director of the writing program On the Page® , host of the popular On the Page Podcast and author of "The Coffee Break Screenwriter." Pilar started her career as Senior Story Analyst at DreamWorks SKG and, in 2001, opened the On the Page Writers' Studio Los Angeles. Her students and clients have written for TV shows such as The Walking Dead, LOST, House of Lies, Nip/Tuck and Family Guy. They've sold features and pitches to Warner Bros, DreamWorks, Disney and Sony and have won the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship and Austin Screenwriting Competition. Pilar has traveled the world teaching screenplay and television and she's also trained writers at ABC/Disney, CBS and Nickelodeon. For more on Pilar visit www.onthepage.tv

To obtain PDFs of the handouts that can be used in conjunction with this DVD, please email inquire@onthepage.tv

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Pilar Alessandra, On the Page: Screenwriting, On the Page, On the Page: The DVD

Produced by Nancy Noever, Matthew Johnston  Written by Pilar Alessandra  Directed by Matthew Johnston

SexNo sexual references
LanguageNo bad language
ViolenceNo violence
DrugsNo drug use or references
NudityNo Nudity
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Released 2008
Genre Screenwriting