The System Overview

The complete screenwriting process has 7 distinct phases:

The Clear Path

Every writer must go through all 7 phases to create and sell a screenplay. So we reverse-engineered the complete process from the producer’s perspective.

We put everything you need to know, do, and master into the steps themselves — so that each step guides you directly to the sale.

Every project is unique, so story development should never be formulaic. But to turn any idea into a screenplay, the process is always the same.

By turning that process into a system, we help you grow your ideas into original screenplays producers can use — and get them into the producers’ hands.


Explore the Phases

Setup phase

Set yourself up to write screenplays any producer can use.

99% of all script submissions are unusable by production companies. So before you begin writing, you need to understand what producers really need in your screenplay and why — and prepare yourself for the job ahead.

In this phase, you will:

  • Beat procrastination and make daily writing fun
  • Do the very first thing you absolutely must do every time
  • Avoid the key mistakes that derail most writers at the start
  • Silence your inner critic
  • Unleash your imagination
  • Spot fresh story ideas everywhere
  • Get inside the mind of your audience
  • Understand the producer’s real needs
  • See the screenwriter’s job in an empowering new way
  • Understand the basics of genre, budget, planning, formatting
  • Turn daily action into a habit
  • and a whole lot more...

When you're prepared for the job ahead, you're pre-aligned with industry needs — so your unique natural creativity will generate better quality (and more marketable) stories.

 

 

 

 

 

This phase has 2 Movements:

  • Prepare for the Marathon of Writing
  • Prepare for the Business of Writing Movies


Prerequisites:
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Focus phase

Focus your ideas into a compelling screen story.

With a solid foundation in place, you’re ready to explore your ideas and turn them into spellbinding, original stories for the screen.

Rather than squeeze your idea into some predictable formula, you’ll use an organic, step-by-step process that starts with what’s unique about your idea or passion, and turns that into a story audiences will be eager to watch.

In this phase, you will:

  • Explore and generate dozens of story ideas
  • Learn how to identify the idea that’s perfect for you
  • Build your structure and characters organically
  • Design the most compelling opposition
  • Create distinctive and captivating story worlds
  • Flesh out mesmerizing subplots and scene detail
  • Understand the formulas and how to go beyond them
  • Discover simple and painless ways to map out your story
  • Learn exactly what to do if something isn't working
  • Sculpt it all into a dynamic screen story
  • Build a detailed roadmap to guide your writing
  • and a whole lot more...

Your roadmap is designed to give you helpful guiding detail, while leaving you plenty of room for the magic of spontaneous creativity.



This phase has 3 Movements:

  • Gather Your Ideas
  • Shape Your Ideas
  • Map Your Ideas into a Story


Prerequisites: Setup Phase

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Apply phase

Apply your story to the page by writing a first draft.

With a clear roadmap to a solid story, it’s time to get that story on the page. Thanks to the detail of the Focus Phase, the steps of this phase will guide you quickly and directly to the best first draft you’ve ever written.

In this phase, you will:

  • Discover 7 different ways to get your story on the page
  • Identify the best approach for you
  • Learn powerful all-new speed writing techniques
  • Tap into the "magic" of the "muse" (your creative intuition)
  • Get tips and prompts to guide you every step of the way
  • Conquer the blank page, once and for all
  • End up with the best first draft you've ever written.

Writing your first draft has never been so fun and freeing. The blank page will never be scary again.

 

This phase has 1 Movement:

  • Get it On the Page

 

Prerequisites: Setup & Focus Phases

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Strengthen phase

Rewrite to fix any holes and strengthen your story.

Once the story is on the page, you’re ready to turn it into a masterpiece. Rewriting is typically scary and chaotic because you face an infinite number of possibilities — and any change you make affects every other aspect of your story.

That’s why we developed systematic approach to rewriting that gives you a clear path to completion no matter where you start — so you’ll never get lost again.

In this phase, you will:

  • Discover the six “levels” of every screenplay
  • Use the levels to easily identify exactly what to do next
  • Learn the secret to seeing your own work objectively
  • Turn major story problems into creative opportunities
  • See how what you've written shows you where to go
  • Make your characters irresistible
  • Make every line of dialogue leap off the page
  • Enhance your subplots to maximize their impact
  • Amplify your subtext for stunning movie moments
  • Shape the pacing to create an emotional rollercoaster
  • Master the art of scene design
  • Know exactly what to do when any aspect isn't working
  • Experience your story as the producer will
  • and a whole lot more...

You’ll watch your story take on a whole new life in a systematic process that amplifies your creativity and makes rewriting the most empowering part of the process.

 

This phase has 3 Movements:

  • Inspect and Analyze Your Draft
  • Strengthen the Elements
  • Review the Experience

 

Prerequisites: Setup, Focus & Apply Phases

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Tweak phase

Tweak your words to guarantee a page-turner experience.

The greatest story in the world is destined for your bookshelf if the words on the page don’t engage the reader and pull them through your screenplay. Now that you have a solid draft, you’re ready to tweak those pages to guarantee a page-turner experience that’s impossible to put down.

In this phase, you will:

  • Make your screenplay addictive
  • Discover how to always ensure a page-turner experience
  • Wordsmith and polish to ignite their imagination
  • Master beat-by-beat pacing to make their pulse race
  • Learn surprising and exquisite methods of page design
  • Avoid the tell-tale amateur mistakes everyone else is making
  • Eliminate the words that grind the read to a halt
  • Craft pages that pop as only an experienced pro can do
  • Guide the reader's eye exactly where you want it to go
  • and a whole lot more...

At the end of this phase, you have a page-turner screenplay the reader can't put down.

This phase has 2 Movements:

  • Maximize Your Impact
  • Control the Speed of the Read

 

Prerequisites: All Prior Phases

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Alignment phase

Use notes and feedback to align with any reader’s exact needs.

The true secret to professional success is the skill of alignment — the ability to interpret notes and feedback, and align your project with the reader’s needs. Alignment is not about "appeasing" them or "selling out" — it’s about ending up with a screenplay that satisfies both of you.

In this phase, you will:

  • Learn the most powerful way to get honest feedback
  • Interpret what they really want (even when they can’t articulate it themselves)
  • Evaluate the quality of any opinion objectively
  • Recognize exactly what to keep and what to ignore
  • Discover which notes to avoid at all costs
  • Align your creativity with real-world industry needs
  • Stay true to your passion without "rolling over"
  • Master a clear path to perfect alignment every time
  • and a whole lot more...

At the end of this phase, you have an aligned, production-ready screenplay that's ready to sell.

 

This phase has 2 Movements:

  • Understand Their Needs
  • Align to Their Expectations

 

Prerequisites: All Prior Phases

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Alignment phase

Identify and connect with your project’s ideal producer.

Screenplays only exist to be turned into films, so the final phase in the process is to connect with a producer who will turn yours into a movie. When you have an aligned, production-ready screenplay, it's time to complete the process — get it into their hands and make the deal.

In this phase, you will:

  • Identify your project's ideal producers
  • Develop an irresistible plan for connecting with them
  • Learn how producers want to be contacted
  • Create your own original ways to get their attention
  • Discover the stupid mistakes you must avoid at all costs
  • Master loglines that capture their imagination
  • Craft stunning synopses and dynamic pitches
  • Know exactly how to get the perfect agent
  • Build a personal network that opens doors for you
  • Learn what to do when you can’t get anyone's attention
  • Create new and innovative strategies only you can use
  • and a whole lot more...

Plus, if you've been doing every step as instructed, we'll reveal the most powerful set of personalized analytics available anywhere, which show you exactly what to do next to guarantee a professional career.

 

This phase has 2 Movements:

  • Create a Marketing Strategy
  • Move Forward as a Professional

 

Prerequisites: All Prior Phases

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Alignment phase

Snap all 7 phases together to
unlock your creative intuition.

Each phase ends with a step that snaps that whole phase together. We call it the FASTtrack.

Screenwriting can’t be learned by reading about it — you have to actually take action and write. Then, once you’ve experienced the process, you can fly through familiar actions quickly and intuitively on every subsequent screenplay.

When you finish learning the system, you’ll start each new project with the FASTtrack. You’ll create new stories within hours, and marketable screenplays within weeks.

As you build your network and connect with the producers you identified in the Payoff phase (above), you become a screenwriter producers are eager to work with — a master screenwriter who writes professional quality with creative originality... fast.

 

 

The FASTtrack enables you to:

  • Fly through each phase in minutes
  • Create stories within hours, screenplays within weeks
  • Identify immediately where you need to dig deeper
  • Adapt to the film industry’s real-world needs
  • Easily adjust to the changing industry landscape
  • Continuously improve your craft exponentially

 

Prerequisites: The complete Phase or System

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