Fundamentals of Screenwriting: Put a Powerful Message in Your Script

The latest installment of the Fundamentals of Screenwriting Series with Timothy Michael Cooper

Event Details

Tuesday October 11, 2022 5:00 pm

via Zoom


Put a Powerful Message in Your Movie or TV Series

Convey what you’re genuinely passionate about by inserting a message you believe in throughout your next script! Learn how to layer in strong sociopolitical and personal messages, themes, and takeaways—without being didactic or dry—to add true emotional resonance and power to any story.

Some of the topics and techniques we’ll cover include:

  • Why EVERY script should revolve around a personal message
  • Top 10 secrets to make dreaded exposition go down easy
  • Create exciting visual, external, and tangible goals using the S.M.A.R.T. rubric
  • Masterful use of irony as a tool for teaching
  • Best methods to “camouflage” any lesson
  • 5 techniques to approach highly divisive subjects
  • Tips to treating all characters with dignity and respect

…and a whole lot more. Hope to see you there!

Timothy Michael Cooper is an award-winning filmmaker, comedy writer, and script consultant. He wrote and directed the Writers Guild Award-nominated Concierge: The Series, starring Kate McKinnon. His short comedy Lemon premiered at Tribeca, played at dozens of international festivals and on United Airlines, and is currently in development as a sitcom. Plus, he’s been part of the writers’ room for the Writers Guild Awards for the past six years, writing monologue jokes and sketches for numerous hosts/presenters.

Through his company, Blueprint Screenwriting Group, he’s taught hundreds of writers. His clients and students have sold their scripts to major studios; staffed on multiple network and cable TV shows; screened/won at SXSW, Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, etc.; and got their movies and shows made across the globe.

Timothy is a proud member of the WGAE, the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective Writers’ Workshop, the Hollywood Radio & Television Society, and the WGAE Softball Team.

About The Fundamentals of Screenwriting Series

The Fundamentals of Screenwriting with Timothy Michael Cooper is a WGA East seminar series that aims to live up to its name – to teach the fundamentals for screenwriters that need a refresher or journalists and other screenwriting novices looking to learn for the first time.

Watch the previous installments of the Fundamentals of Screenwriting series here.

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