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FAST Screenplay is home to hundreds of writers of all levels, from 42 countries. They include complete novices, credited professionals, and everyone in between. Ages stretch from 15 to 80, many speak English as a second language, and they're writing in every genre.
What do they have in common? They all took action!
Below is a small sampling of unsolicited feedback. To expand any extended testimonials, click the "Read More" link.
Anthony Giunta, USA (Wrote and Directed "CONTEST")
"I was genuinely astounded by what I had created by simply following the process."Read More
I'm definitely one of those people who have been having profound breakthroughs with the system — and, as a great bonus, I'm also having the time of my life with it all!
The whole experience is really world-class. It's incredible to me that even at the start of the Tweak Phase, when I didn't think I could take this script any further... lol... Wow! I'm blown away again!
Amazing. Brilliant. Incredible. There are not enough superlatives to go around to aptly express how I feel about FAST. The transformative powers of this system continually take me by surprise.
I was genuinely astounded by what I had created by simply following the process. Everything — the whole process — never ceases to astound me.corner
Nikolai Blaskow, Australia (Screenplay optioned)
"This is a truly amazing process, and it's head and shoulders above the rest."Read More
Upon completing the system, I had a series of pitch meetings with studio heads in Hollywood, and all I can say is that Jeff Bollow and his FAST Screenplay system are ABSOLUTELY aligned with the industry — in everything (everything!) he speaks the wisdom for these moments.
The beauty of the FAST approach is that it provides a deceptively simple template that keeps layering upon itself. 18 years of studying this medium and I've finally encountered an approach that brings it all together. This is a truly amazing process, and it's head and shoulders above the rest.
I also have only the highest praise for Jeff as our mentor. His toughness is tempered by a real compassion and understanding for what we writers have to go through to get the finished product out there.
This is more than just a system of writing for completing a project. It also forges in us a professional mindset that will help us to weather the storms... and to mature as writers who actually have a life and learn from it.
So many thanks, Jeff, for A SYSTEM for a lifetime of writing.corner
Cat Stewart, USA (Screenplay optioned; writing assignments)
“I've had some extensive education — UCLA, WBC Fellowship and various courses. NOTHING has ever compared to this system.”Read More
I think the system is entirely brilliant and I saw an immediate and measurable improvement in my writing skill from the start. Thing is, I've had some extensive education — UCLA, WBC Fellowship and various courses. NOTHING has ever compared to this system.
Every step is like a hit of adrenaline for me. I've searched and searched for material that would improve my skill in the rewrite department, only to come up empty. I'd learn a trick here or there but as far as a system, nobody has one. You have answers to questions no one else could answer.
I wish I had written my first screenplay this way. I'm really loving the whole experience, and I can't wait to do another project with
the whole set of knowledge in my hands. I get a lot of benefit out of focusing on the steps and just letting them sink in, particularly the ones that I resist. Even now, I swear I learn something new every day, just by going back through the lessons I've already completed.
In a way, FAST Screenplay is the "magic bullet", because it contains all the steps you need to build a production-ready screenplay. The whole "promises" thing is so profound. It was profound when I first heard it, which is why I signed up, but the concept is alive and breathing and continues to grow in my brain.
I'm sure I'll learn a ton more the second time I go through FAST. And every time thereafter. Thank-you!corner
Lowell Dawson, USA
"The feeling I have now that I've seen the whole system can only be described as euphoric."Read More
FAST Screenplay has already been one of the biggest life-changing influences I have ever experienced.
One thing that has happened, without my conscious awareness, is an ingrained change in how I write. Now I find myself adhering to the FAST system almost exclusively. Oh, I've grafted in a few skill sets gleaned from others over the years, but now I find that the basic framework of Focus, Apply, Strengthen, Tweak is THE road map I follow with each and every project. It has reduced the blunderbuss effect of my scattergun approach in pursuit of every idea that strikes me.
FAST Screenplay has lived up to the hype. To actually complete the steps as designed was and is mind boggling. Doggedly I completed each exercise as best I could (mostly in the dark), until the boondoggle I thought I was struggling with suddenly coalesced into a breathtaking, intricate design.
FAST is an inexhaustible source of personal insight for me. It's not just another screenwriting course, it is THE screenwriting course. And to think I almost passed up the opportunity makes me shudder. The feeling I have now that I've seen the whole system can only be described as euphoric.corner
Richard Senne, USA
"I've learned from the best mentors and teachers in the business and I've never, NEVER, come close to the clarity and overall insight that FAST entails."Read More
I met a lovely lady who has a really amazing story. She has a book out and we got to talking and thanks to FAST I sound like I know what I'm doing (well don't I? Of course I do) and she asked me to take her book and her life and make a movie out of it. And I agreed. I'm writing her story as of now!
I was able to use what I've learned in FAST to quickly pull out the whole movie, and in about 20 minutes I had a clear outline that we used to lay out the movie. That was yesterday. She called me today just to make sure I wasn't a dream she had.
I've learned so much in FAST — I know how to lay things out faster and clearer than I've ever been able to do before, period. I am
truly blessed to be part of this group.
Every time I think it can't get any better, it just does. I've seen, listened to, read books from, learned from, and asked questions of many of the best mentors and teachers in the business and I've never, NEVER, come close to the clarity and overall insight that FAST entails. And I'm finding that FAST is even deeper when you take a second project through it.
I truly and totally believe in your system and am 100% in your corner. I'm addicted to this process — in a good, positive way. I'm blown away with it, and it has really helped me out in so many ways. Amazing.corner
Micaela Hicken, USA
"I really can't believe what you're so selflessly willing to give to strangers. The system is amazing."Read More
I think it's important for you to know that you ROCK and I appreciate your hard work and all that you have done for us. I really don't think there is a person who doesn't (at least I hope not).
I know you've asked for input because you want to know what works and what doesn't. The truth is, everything is amazing. In my opinion, you offer FAST at a super low price — I really can't believe what I'm getting and what you're so selflessly willing to give to strangers.
This system is amazing, and I can't believe how far I've come along.
I don't want to sound overly positive, but I don't have a single complaint. That's probably because I came into this knowing nothing and my mind has been blown and superiorly educated and forced to think as an actual writer. I'm so grateful for the experience and that you cared to do this in the first place. Thank you a million times over!corner
Nicolas Spadaccini, Australia
"I have studied to a Masters level at university and have done MANY other courses and this is the BEST!"corner
Paul Mintzer, USA
"Genius — no question about it. I find your system is helping me understand what my teachers at UCLA have been teaching."Read More
I am currently one quarter away from my Advanced Certificate in the UCLA Professional Screenwriting Program. That's been a great learning experience. So what's been happening with the FAST program has surprised me. I find that your program is helping me understand what my teachers at UCLA have been teaching.
When I first signed up for this course, my thought was that this Jeff guy is either a huckster, a nut, or a genius. The odds weren't all that bad (2:1) so I laid my money down on
the table and picked up the cards. Wow! The game isn't even over and I'm already a winner. Huckster—not in a million years. Nut—who knows? Genius—no question about it.
Syd Field, time to step aside. Robert McKee—you've been replaced as the Aristotle of modern screenwriting poetics.
What do you say, folks? Am I right or just blowing smoke? Have any of you ever encountered anything like this before?corner
Lynz Wilmshurst, New Zealand
"It really is the best way to learn to write a screenplay. Nothing compares to this. I am enjoying it so much."Read More
I am sooo thankful and grateful for this system. It really is the best way to learn to write a screenplay. I mean going back to a book is crazy, and trying to remember what was said in a two day seminar (and the pressure of it because you paid big bucks) is just too stressful!
I have been adding up the cost of the books I have purchased for screenwriting, but nothing compares to this, and it is so exciting.
I am enjoying this so much — this should be taught as part of a degree programme!corner
Celeste Palmer, Australia
"Having completed each step, I can tell you that it's absolutely awesome and delivers on its promises in a powerful way."Read More
If you're serious about a professional screenwriting career you must join FAST Screenplay. It's a unique system for creating production-ready screenplays. Having completed each step I can tell you that it's absolutely awesome and delivers on its promises in a powerful way.
I've been telling screenwriter friends, and can't wait to go through the system again. I feel very privileged to be a part of it.
Thanks so much, Jeff — not just for the awesomeness of FAST, but also for whatever it was you said that got me to sign up.corner
Melissa I., Australia
"Ultimately, its genius lies in the fact that it makes you want to keep going. You can literally see how foolproof the system is."Read More
I originally enrolled with Charter Group B, but real life got in the way and I stopped writing. I knew I'd come back to FAST though because of how much I truly believe in what you've created here.
I'm only through the first two phases and I can already see how ingenious the system is in so many ways. Ultimately, its genius lies in the fact that it makes you want to keep going. You can literally see how foolproof the system is... so every excuse, every reason you have for procrastination and avoidance becomes totally irrelevant! Follow the steps and you WILL have
a completed screenplay. Simple as that.
Thank you so much Jeff for developing a system that doesn't just teach the technicalities but takes the time to give us the tools to develop the habits of a writer, the behaviours of a writer.
Utterly invaluable, and I sincerely hope every aspiring screenwriter finds their way here so they can be let in on Jeff's little secret: writing can actually be fun, and no challenge is ever insurmountable :)
Paolo Visconti, Italy
"Just immediate action, and it works. I'm fascinated by FAST."Read More
Just immediate action and it works. I'm fascinated by FAST.
I find it stimulating and reassuring, a good deal of left brain (structure) trying to ignite the right brain to find inspiration and open up.
I also appreciate all your efforts and toil to attain this great endeavor, indeed. You have been extremely able and 'FAST' to reorganize all your expertise, years of work, seminars, books, talks, videos and websites, into this compact system that you are offering us.corner
Jenifer Armand, France
"I love FAST; it's an awesome program, unlike anything I've ever experienced (and I've done two film schools)."corner
Candice Creelman, Canada (Led to directing/producing job)
"This process really pushed me to get off my butt. Thank you for bringing FAST to the world. It's truly been life changing!"Read More
I believe that starting with the FAST process really pushed me to get off my butt to start producing and directing my own films, so
again, thank you Jeff, for bringing FAST to the world. It's truly been life changing!corner
Boby Zahariev, Bulgaria
"I want to say a big THANK YOU for the FAST System. I can't describe to you how helpful FAST is for me."Read More
This is my second time through the Focus Phase and for me this is the best system for planning and preparing for the first draft. Every step is an eye-opener!
From now on I can't imagine writing a script
without this exciting preparation!
I want to say a big "THANK YOU" for the FAST System and I am glad and excited to be part of it. I can't describe to you how helpful FAST is for me.corner
Kelli Herd, USA
"Your system is priceless. From one perfectionist to another, you have built a masterpiece."Read More
Your system is priceless. I'm using the techniques in everything I'm working on. I even have a meeting with someone at [a major production company] about an idea that I've had for years that I pitched off-hand at a party while in LA!
You really have put together a wonderful program for writers. If they don't use it properly or exactly the way you've designed it, then that's their problem. From one control-freak perfectionist to another, you have built a masterpiece.corner
David Murtagh, Australia
"You've accomplished what I thought was impossible—you've actually found a way to teach people how to write."Read More
You've accomplished what I thought was impossible—you've actually found a way to teach people how to write. ALL creative writing instructors start out by saying "I can't teach you how to write, but..."
Maybe they can't, but you can. You can't give people talent they don't have, but you can draw the best they can do out of them—which is exactly what FAST does.
If you work at something, commit to it, and really have clear focus on what you are trying to achieve, I believe, more and more as I get older, that the universe has a habit of throwing up what you need to achieve your goals. I believe FAST is that for me.
Now that I have this structure and these tools, I can't imagine any other way!corner
Colin Chock, USA
"Jeff's system and enthusiasm are so energizing. To think that I almost didn't sign up due to budgetary reasons..."corner
Harry Stumpf, USA
"Bravo, Jeff! I love FAST Screenplay! This is a very powerful and effective program."corner
Anne Grant, USA
"I think your system is outstanding. FAST is much more intense and thorough than any screenwriting 'course' I have taken."Read More
I think your system is outstanding and the vision is worth taking as much time as it needs for you to develop. It is an honor to share in the process. FAST is much more intense and thorough than any screenwriting "course" I have taken.
As always, your energy and vision are infectious. I love the way you keep circling back
for us stragglers and offering extra incentives and encouragement.
I have recommended FAST to others and consider it the most important step for me in my screenwriting career. I cannot imagine how much time and care you have put into this, Jeff, and I am very grateful!corner
Dan Haynes, USA
"This is a great system. It's hard to convey the complete depth it has. It's taught me tons and I love the way it's laid out."Read More
OK, I'm still totally amazed at how well you know your stuff, Jeff!
This is a great system you have created. I'm having lots of fun with it. It's hard to convey
the complete depth this system has — I can't stress it enough! It's taught me tons of great stuff and I love the way it's laid out.
Thanks again for everything!corner
Stefano Bozzo, Italy
"What an amazing ride this has been. What was most impressive was to find an exciting story from nothing."Read More
Revisiting the process with the FASTtrack, I can see what an amazing ride this has been.
Now that it's clear in my mind that the Focus Phase is only the mapping — a concept that's very important for me for everything I want to write — it's even more breathtaking.
The most incredible thing for me has been that
at beginning of the Focus Phase I started with an old idea, and after few steps I wasn't satisfied with it and decided to restart again — this time with nothing.
What was most impressive was to find an exciting story from nothing, and from only a white page, now I have this powerful map ready to be fulfilled with promises.corner
Dave Wallace, USA
"The great thing about FAST is that the challenges of the steps lead to incredible breakthroughs."Read More
HOLY FREAKIN CRAP! Huge breakthrough!! I'm blasting through these pages today thinking about the material covered in earlier steps, and I had this GINORMOUS insight!
I went into the Apply Phase knowing I had a crappy (I mean "ineffective") ending, but I came in with full confidence I'd find it. Well, today as I was typing away, that ending jumped up on the table and sucker punched me in the face! I had
no idea it was coming!
I was dazed for a few minutes. I captured it (using one of the system's techniques) even though I'm sure there is no way I'd forget it even if I tried. I'm truly excited!
So the insight is this: The great thing about FAST is that the challenges of the steps lead to incredible breakthroughs.corner
J. Burch, USA
"The writer is completely supported, honored and recognized uniquely and individually. That makes FAST a gleaming standout from the rest."Read More
What really works (in my opinion), beyond the excellent content, is the excellent visual presentation and format — crisp, professional, dynamic. The look of your site reflects how much time and effort you've put into it. I always look forward to not only reading the next step, but seeing how it's presented on the page.
You can feel what makes this program different from others in screenwriting. Nothing about it feels static; it feels active, evolving, dynamic. I had this sense, just like I did when I first discovered your site, that in this program, not
only does it promise incredible results, it promotes a process where the writer is completely supported, honored and recognized uniquely and individually. That's not an easy thing to convey! But all your work and passion and vision — all of that comes through and for me, that makes FAST a gleaming standout from the rest.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and vision — I know you've heard this many times before but your passionate energy is infectious and very much appreciated!corner
Michael Madden, Australia
"Thank you for 'leading the way' along what can sometimes be a fairly dark path. I think it's terrific."corner
Lisa Holt, France
"I'm shocked I can actually critique my own work!"Read More
I'm shocked I can actually critique my own work. I wish I could give you some negative
feedback so you'd have something to work on improving, but I think your system is fail-proof.corner
Tom Kappel, Australia
"I am overwhelmingly happy with FAST. It's fantastic. I have not seen anything with this depth and wisdom."Read More
Learning FAST Screenplay with you and all the others is "Unlike anything else!" I certainly feel I've gotten my money's worth already and, from the response of others on the forum, I know they have too.
I have learned to see screenwriting differently and, to me, that's amazing enough.
I am overwhelmingly happy with FAST. It's fantastic. I have not seen anything with this depth and wisdom. I think you are a wonderful teacher with immense clarity-of-thought and presentation capabilities.
I'm definitely happy to have lifetime access to FAST Screenplay.corner
Anthony Perry, USA
"I have read so much literature on writing screenplays and stories and nothing has come close to even a fragment of the mindset I've achieved so far."corner
Sharon Farrell, Australia
"I was gobsmacked at how much fun this screenplay writing process can really be. This system is awesome!"Read More
Seriously Jeff, you've struck gold here. This process is not just about writing a market-ready screenplay... it's much much bigger than that!! But you already know that!
You see for me, FAST Screenplay is helping me to grow in ways that I never thought were possible. I knew when I first saw your videos
and read your copious amounts of free reading material that you knew exactly what this process could achieve.
But I was gobsmacked at how much fun this screenplay writing process can really be. I'm actually blown away at how far I have come. This system is awesome! Thank you!corner
Sussan Trim, Australia
"THANK YOU. You really have made this system very easy to understand (especially for a newbie like me)."corner
Cheryl Farr, USA
"The highlight of my day is when I can sit down and access a new step. I really mean it."Read More
I absolutely LOVE the program! It's clear, the graphics are soothing (important for bouts of stress heading into certain exercises), the objective, what we have to do, the intro — it's all great. The course content has been eye-opening, and I feel like I've learned so much.
The highlight of my day is when I can sit down and access a new step. I really mean it.
I've taken another script through a re-write in FAST, and can say without a doubt that the more times I go through it, the more "light bulbs" go off along the way.
I love the self-paced nature of everything, and the way it's laid out is wonderful.
The material as a whole is exquisite.corner
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