Michael Colleary’s 5×10 Screenwriting Boot Camp
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- Do you have a story to tell, but don’t know where to start?
- Do you walk out of a movie and think, “I could do that!”
- Have you tried to write a screenplay, but find yourself overwhelmed by the task?
- Have you stopped writing because you’ve become discouraged?
- Would you like to learn how to write screenplays, but film school isn’t an option?
- Do you want to take your screenwriting skill set to the next level?
Then Michael Colleary’s 5×10 Screenwriting Boot Camp is for you!
“Anyone, and I mean anyone interested in becoming a screenwriter – or becoming a BETTER screenwriter has come to the right website.
“Michael Colleary is the best story analyst in Hollywood.
“Smart, insightful, thorough and creative – he will work his rear-end off on your script or story idea until it sings with commercial and artistic viability.
“I know this from first hand experience, having collaborated with him on numerous television and feature film projects, beginning with ‘Face/Off.’
“Additionally, he has served as my personal mentor and sounding board on practically every sale I’ve ever had in my entire career.
“You will be thrilled!”
“I can’t exactly remember what I wrote in Michael Colleary’s MFA Screenwriting class at UCLA, though it was probably about some kick-ass girl determined to save the world from another super dumb dude.
“I’m sure it was pretty bad, though Michael has an unusually high tolerance for bad. He thinks in terms of process and craft, about getting up and at it every day to churn out those pages, however long it takes to get it right.
“You know, like you’re a regular person, with a regular job and a lunch box with a sandwich and an apple in it. While his late dad was a sitcom legend, the whole Colleary family work as writers, as though practicing any other family trade—plumbing, say, or electrical contracting—so there probably wasn’t a lot of need for hysteria in all of this.
“I’ve thought of Professor Colleary often over the last 16 years, pushing past countless sandwiches, apples and pages. I even have a lunch box. Last summer, I finally brought my first feature film to the screen. Three guesses what it was about. Take his class if you can.”
“I have given Michael several of my spec scripts to read and his feedback has always been incredibly helpful.
“Not only is he a brilliant writer whose creative thoughts make the script better, but he knows the ins and outs of the marketplace.
“His input is a total asset.”
“There is only one reason for a writer to work with Michael Colleary.
“And that is if you are looking for a transformational experience with a mentor who is gentle, knowledgeable, supportive and who cares about making you a better writer for the script you are currently working on and every other one you will engage in the future.”
Why Michael’s 10×5 Boot Camp Is a Gamechanger
You can easily spend hour after hour, day after day, listening to podcasts, reading blogs, subscribing to newsletters and scanning message boards about how to write a screenplay.
But for all the vital information to be mined from this ever-grwoing motherlode, learning has a fundamental limitation: it’s passive.
And it’s sneaky. Because seeking out that magic shortcut can make you feel like you’re being productive.
But it’s not writing.
Only writing is writing.
Everything else is stalling.
“Only Writing Is Writing. Everything Else Is Stalling”
— Michael Colleary; screenwriter & taskmaster
How the 5×10 Screenwriting Boot Camp Breaks Down:
5 Motivated Writers x 10 Intense Weeks = One Finished, Professional Screenplay!
I’ve modeled the course on the typical studio development deal. You’ll complete all steps required to produce a professional-quality, feature-length screenplay. These steps include:
- A 5-15 minute pitch of your screenplay idea.
- A 2-page story treatment based on your pitch.
- A 10-15 page plot outline based on your story treatment.
- A 90-110 page screenplay based on your plot outline.
If you’re unfamiliar with these steps, not to worry – the 5×10 Boot Camp will address this.
The 5×10 Screenwriting Boot Camp Is Organized in 3 Specific Sections.
- In weeks 1-2 we’ll dig deep into all aspects of screenplay structure so you’re totally prepared to start shaping your script.
- In weeks 3-5 we’ll work through all the steps required to turn a 5-minute pitch into a detailed, scene-by-scene outline that will get you writing with confidence.
- During weeks 6-10 you’ll be hitting weekly deadlines as you crank out your first drafts.
When we’re not troubleshooting pages, I’ll be discussing other key aspects of your screenwriting career – from how to manage Industry relationships to developing ironclad productivity to nurturing work/life balance.
Schedule and Time
We’ll meet up online once-a-week based on everyone’s availability for 3+ hours. It breaks down like this:
Overview of “Hard” Screenplay Structure.
Overview of “Soft” Screenplay Structure. Bonus: Mini workshop on pitching!
Pitch week! All writers pitch their ideas & receive feedback.
2-page story treatment is due & workshopped.
10-15 page plot outline is due & workshopped. Be warned: this is going to be a long class!
1st acts are due. We workshop your opening scenes!
2nd act to mid-point is due. A reminder: when we’re not workshopping pages and scenes I will be addressing other key aspects of your careers.
2nd act from mid-point to start of 3rd act is due.
3rd act is due.
Proofread & corrected final script due.
I’m a stickler for fine points like formatting, misspelling and typos.
These seemingly small errors can diminish the professional impression you’re trying to make.