Course description

Screenwriting - How To Write A Screenplay Outline : How To Outline A Screenplay

It's common for a new screenwriter to attempt to write a movie script without a firm idea of the overall script structure. This is a mistake, born of enthusiasm and a blind belief that the script can be developed as we write. The fact is that a screenplay must have a definite structure - a Script Outline Template is essential, if it is to have any chance at all of being made into a movie.

Aristotle's original concept of a 3 Act Story is still valid, but modern screenplay writers have further developed the basic idea into a precise craft. Building on the idea of beats, or scene sequences, a modern script consists of a series of events and turning points which need to be in the right proportions and relationship if the movie script is to be of interest to the money-men in Hollywood.

Against conventional wisdom, the movie script pitch letter normally created at the end of the process when the screenplay is ready for submission should be written before even starting to plan a script. How to use this is just one of the gems you will find inside the course.

Inside the course 'How To Write A Screenplay' you will learn:

  • How to build a reusabla Screenplay Outline Template for maximum audience appeal

  • How to write and use your movie script pitch letter as a powerful creative tool

  • How to transfer your scene ideas to a visual planning board

  • How to create and use a 'beat' planning tool using FREE online presentation software

At the end of the course you will have in your hands a strategy enabling you to effortlessly create viable movie screenplays in the correct format adored by Hollywood, giving you the best chance of success.

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Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to write a screenplay outline
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to write a movie script pitch letter
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to build a Screenplay Outline Template


  • You should have a good command of basic English

What you'll learn:

  • Understand How to write a screenplay outline
  • How to plan a movie script ready for Hollywood
  • How to use tools to create a reusable screenplay outline template

Course curriculum

  • 1

    How To Write A Screenplay Outline - Introduction

  • 2

    How To Outline A Screenplay - The Concept Of Beats

    • Beats Page 1 to 55

    • Beats Page 55 to 110

  • 3

    Screenplay Outline |Template - Movie Script Planning Tools

    • The Planning Board

    • Completing The Beats

    • Looper Script Beat Analysis

    • Conclusion

    • Create A Software Planning Board

Meet your instructor!

James Bruce
SEO Expert, Marketer, Author, and Teacher

The scope of Jim's divers courses reflect his interest and proficiency in many subject areas. Earning a living online for 10 years now, his interests span topics such as on page SEO, to creating blues guitar lessons, to writing novels and movie scripts, to Wordpress Tutorials.

Writing primarily in the science fiction genre, Jim Bruce, is fascinated with the possibilities that this type of fiction brings, but also in the actual craft of screenwriting.

Jim devoured his dad's collection of science fiction books at an early age, often reading collections of short fiction collected together under titles such as 'Fantastic Stories', or 'Look To The Stars' under his bed covers way into the night.

The possibilities, the 'what ifs' of sci-fi provide Jim with the enthusiasm to live life to the full - anything is possible, and there are more things in the great out-there than we can possibly write about. Curiosity is the spur that drives him on to create, not just fiction, but political comment, music and poetry. 

Born in the North of UK in 1950, where he attended schools in Creswell, Nottinghamshire and Shirebrook. He has had more jobs than he can remember, including working in the coal mines, teacher, electrician, mechanic, circus laborer, farm hand, channel tunnel engineer, industrial robot programmer, website builder and professional blues guitar player/teacher.

He has been resident in UK, USA, Germany, France and Portugal, where he currently lives and writes.

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