Everybody that read our worked really liked it, but our writing didn't quite resonate enough for them to actually buy, produce or option our scripts.
Over and over, people would say things like..
"The writing was really strong, but sometimes it felt a little flat..."
"It was a great read, but we didn't connect with the concept..."
"You clearly know how to tell a story, but it just didn't stick with me..."
It was FRUSTRATING. We had read all the books and we had learned all the rules, but our writing just wasn't hitting as hard as we needed it to.
So we studied up...
We read every great script we could get our hands on and we studied them inside and out.
Here's what we discovered...
This was a huge revelation for us.
Before, when our screenplays didn't resonate with a Hollywood big wig, we would address problem areas one patch at a time. We'd change a set piece in the second act. Or add more comedy in the first ten pages, or punch up the dialogue.
But that's not what our scripts needed. Our scripts needed CONNECTIONS. We needed to understand how to unite character, conflict, theme and structure in service of the stories we were trying to tell. And that meant we had to re-think our entire approach to screenwriting.
We were brand new to writing, so we turned to the best writer and script analyst we knew for help... Craig Sabin.
Craig has written and ghost written for Disney, TNT and HBO. He options almost every script he writes, and he understands screenwriting in an almost savant-like way.
When we approached him about these connections, he was totally excited by the idea.
And that's when we realized we were on to something.
So Craig, Chelsea and I spent the better part of the next two years studying all of the important connections in screenwriting, and distilling that information down into a process that's easy to learn and understand.
This class is what came out of those discussions.
Helmed by Craig, this three hour course will teach how to tweak your writing so that your scripts will truly resonate with your readers. You will graduate with a new understanding of character, conflict, structure and theme. And your eyes will be opened to all the details you've been missing in your favorite movies and scripts. Guaranteed.
The class won't be some stuffy lecture, either. It will be collaborative and discussion based. Craig will work through a screenplay in real time to demonstrate course material in action, and students will have plenty of time to ask questions throughout.
Plus, it's going to be FUN.
But here's the most important part...
This class is for writers that know their way around the page. It's for writers whose work is good, but not amazing. Most of all, it's for writers who are tired of polite rejections, and who are finally ready to succeed.
We call the course DRIVE, because when you apply these principles to your scripts, your stories will move with more speed and confidence than you ever thought possible.
Since we started writing with DRIVE, Chelsea and I have attached great talent to our rom com feature, and we recently optioned a pilot, which we'll be taking out to networks and studios this summer.
Craig has optioned a number of his scripts, and has some great attachments lined up for his new comedy.
So get your screenwriting career moving, and sign up for DRIVE today.