MasterClass is an online educational streaming platform that allows you to learn only from the very best. The MasterClass screenwriting classes are well-produced and presented as online courses from the masters in screenwriting. I’ll introduce you here to the best courses, in my opinion, but there are many more. Full access for all the online screenwriting classes and classes in many other fields( more than 80 classes) costs 180$ a year (15$/a month). Each class is around 3 hours of video, and it also contains an in-depth workbook.
Each screenplay writing course in MasterClass comes with a workbook with an overview of each lesson and exercises that will help you understand the craft of each subject from the master’s unique perspective. So if you want to learn script writing from the masters, keep reading.
As said, there are many suitable MasterClass classes in the field of cinema, but I’ve put here the absolute musts to build your own private and perfect film school. Check out there special Black Friday deals – Buy one membership for $15/month (billed annually), get one free!
This not really a scriptwriting class and it got nothing to do with filmmaking, but its such an important class for storytelling. Dan Brown gives you a step by step roadmap to turn every idea into a story. He focuses on thrillers, but what he teaches can work in all genres. You will learn how you build tension, how to build strong characters, how to write a good exposition and more, how do you if you have a good idea and much more. If you are thinking about writing or directing, this is the best writing course you’ll get. It’s fun and practical and I promise you, after this class, you will find yourself bursting with ideas.
Aaron Sorkin’s MasterClass
Who is a better choice to learn scriptwriting than The writer of A Few Good Men (starring Jack Nicholson) and the Academy Award-winning writer of The West Wing and The Social Network (which gave him his first Oscar)? This is the basic idea of this course. He is teaching all you need to know about writing a great script: Testing and recognizing good story ideas, developing characters, creating good dialogues, doing the research, rules of a story, writing a good scene, dealing with writer’s block, how to pitch an idea and much more.
Margaret Atwood focuses on writing a book, but what what she will teach you, will work in every script. She teaches how to keep the audiance engaged through the middle of your story, how she to craft a compelling story. This is a chance to know Margaret’s creative process of developing ideas into stories with strong structure and wonderfull charachters.
Writer’s block is a major challenge, but hopefully, some inspiration from can bring you out of your funk. The Man Booker Prize-winner’s lesson delves into character development, point of view, structuring a novel, and more
David Lynch is one of my favourite directors and is known for his very avant-garde film styles. There is no better director to learn creativity from. David Lynch is such a unique storyteller that his films alone are a complete film school. He is known mostly from the cult horror film Eraserhead and from classics like The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive. In this course, Lynch is teaching his process to find ideas and translating them into a story.
If you like comedy and storytelling, you will love this class. Director Judd Apatow, one of the most popular directors in the industry, who directed many award-winning comedies such as Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, brings you a practical course while covering every side of the film production. I took the course and I can promise you that what you’ll learn in this class can be easily applied in your work. If you want to write a comedy, this course is brakes down the writing and producing process of a comedy film, and what dose it means to write funny.
Spike Lee has been nominated as Best Director for the film, BlacKkKlansman in 2019, and he is mostly known for films like Do the Right Thing and She’s Gotta Have It. The Spike Lee Masterclass course is a must for every independent filmmaker and in this 19 lessons course, you’ll learn: