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Questions We Get Asked
Here are a few things you might be wondering.
How long does the system take to learn?
8-12 months, at the recommended pace. But every writer is unique, so it varies. The system includes detailed daily action steps you complete at your own pace. Once you complete a phase, its steps snaps together and interlock so you can move through the actions quickly on every NEW project — to create original, market-ready screenplays in as little as 1-2 months. The goal is to make the creative process intuitive.
How long does each step take?
You can spend 10 minutes or 10 days on every step in the system. But to learn each step, we recommend 1-2 hours per day. The suggested pace is 5 steps per week, but you're free to move at whatever pace you like. Each step is an ACTION, with an insight and an exercise, so once you learn it, you can take shortcuts (or dig deeper) on subsequent projects.
Do I need any special software?
No. If you can read this page, you've got everything you need. You may want to get professional script formatting software later, but we'll explain all the options (including free ones).
How is this different to other classes?
It's not really a "class". It's a system that reverse-engineers the complete creative and business process of screenwriting from the producer's perspective. We turn everything you need into a step-by-step path you can use (or adapt) in your own unique way on EVERY new project. FAST is a framework for organic creativity.
I'm a big fan of [whatever guru].
Great! With our system, you can amplify the effectiveness of their techniques — and make them intuitive. FAST gives you a framework you can drop any idea, technique, formula or tip into. It works with everything else that's out there.
I'm a complete novice (produced writer). Will it be too advanced (simple) for me?
We cover absolutely everything from the very start to the very end. The system is layered, and builds on your prior experience — so each time you go through the system, you advance a level. To start, you don't even need to know what a screenplay looks like. The more advanced you are, the more each step will reveal, leading to intuitive mastery.
I'm not in Hollywood. Will this work elsewhere, too?
Absolutely. FAST was originally created to generate screenplays in Australia. Today, more opportunity exists outside Hollywood than inside. And everywhere on Earth, producers need screenplays (and writers to write them).
How do I know you won't steal my idea?
In FAST Screenplay, no one ever sees your idea until after you've had a chance to copyright it. You only (optionally) share your experience of the process. This protects you, and it protects us as well. (Plus, you won't be steered in directions other people think you should go.)
What's your refund policy?
Do you give feedback on my work?
We don't believe in training you to rely on some guru, so we do something even better than feedback. We devote a whole phase (the Alignment Phase) to turning you into a feedback master. You'll learn how (and when) to get, interpret, and apply any feedback (from any source), and how to use it (no matter how good or bad it is) as a tool to align your work with the needs of your team.
I don't think quality can be written "fast".
Neither do we. A "fast" screenplay is a screenplay that reads fast — one the reader can't put down (also known as a "page-turner"). And they can only be written fast by writers who have mastered the craft. That's why FAST guides you one step at a time to mastery.
Your system seems expensive. What is the price based on?
FAST Screenplay was designed to replace a three-year university degree in screenwriting and ten years of hands-on film industry experience. You get detailed daily action steps, personalized support and assistance, nearly 500 specific techniques (and growing), a framework you'll use on every new project, and free upgrades forever. We believe it's the best value you'll find anywhere, by far.
Can you give me your system for free? Or at a student discount?
Unfortunately, since we offer the system at cost (and every dollar is poured right back into the system), we can't go any lower than our sale price. The system has cost more than $400,000 to build, and future expansion plans will require millions of dollars. If we gave the system away for free, we could build no further.
If I Subscribe, can I upgrade later to Unlimited Lifetime Access?
Absolutely. But please note that subscription fees are not applicable toward the purchase price. We can only apply the most recent month's fee toward the upgrade price.
Are you a non-profit organisation?
No. While we don't make a profit from this system, we don't have "non-profit" status, and it's not designated as a charity. However all signup fees go toward maintaining the system, building its expansion, and creating new opportunities for our Participants. If we ever do make a surplus, it will go into a film production fund to make our Participants' films.
If the system is so good, why don't you just write and sell your own screenplays?
Writing takes time and energy to do well, and Jeff began this journey as an independent producer searching for screenplays — his goal was to build a film studio that made 3-6 films per year. That vision requires lots of writers; it's too big a job for one person. (For more info, watch this.) When he couldn't find material to produce, Jeff put his career on hold and spent 17 years in an attempt to solve the script development problem. FAST is the result of that effort.
Is FAST Screenplay right for me?
If you want to turn your ideas into movies, and you're ready to take action, then yes. Try it free!