Jim Mercurio has 20 years of experience in the film industry as a story analyst, master teacher, and filmmaker. He is recognized by A-list and Oscar-nominated clients as someone who digs deeper into the craft of storytelling than anyone else.
The 10+ hours of eye-opening content and 90+ minutes of original motion graphics will not only give you strategies for how to create high-concept ideas and solid stories, but it will also lay out dozens of tactics for how to write a script where the execution accurately delivers your script’s full potential.
Every good screenwriting teacher in Hollywood teaches story structure, but no one else teaches the craft at Jim Mercurio's level of detail. Let him show you how the smallest details of a scene can be chock full of meaning and how a single line of dialogue can become the most significant one in your entire script.
Not only will you learn the principles of theme, subtext, setting and character development, but at a deeper, "atomic" level, you will also discover how to introduce your main character in a more memorable way and write an explosive climax that fully externalizes your main character’s dilemma.
Drawing from an all-inclusive range of films, Jim shows you magic in both dramatic masterpieces and low-brow “guilty pleasure” crowd pleasers. Highlighting moments from films such as Dead Poets Society, The Dark Knight, Liar Liar, Tangled, Bicycle Thieves, and Superbad, Jim helps you to see your own script with fresh eyes.
Jim takes the most advanced screenwriting concepts – even seldom-taught topics like Character Orchestration and Concept Exploitation – and develops your understanding so you experience insight after insight of “Aha” moments. Jim's frenetic intelligence will challenge you to dissect your story from multiple viewpoints and ultimately show you how to weave all of the elements into a tight cohesive script with a unified story and a single underlying theme.
In the end, Jim Mercurio’s Complete Screenwriting: From A to Z to A-List set will help you see the big picture in your story as well as the myriad of pixels that lay its foundation. It will inspire and motivate you to grow into the screenwriter you’re destined to be.
“Complete Screenwriting is more information-dense than anything ever recorded. It's so head-and-shoulders above what anyone else is teaching that It'll take a while for it to sink into most people's heads. That's actually my favorite thing about what you teach. It takes re-reading or re-watching a few times for such big concepts to integrate into your screenwriting consciousness. It's like learning algebra for the first time.”
“Not only does Jim Mercurio understand the underpinnings of conscious and unconscious filmmaking at the highest levels, but he also provides his students with the ability to access both at will. With Complete Screenwriting: From A to Z to A-List, Mercurio has created a fresh paradigm for 21st century storytelling that can take you and your script to its greatest potential.”
“As a creative guy who thinks with both his left and right side of the brain, I really love how Jim breaks concepts down analytically without losing sight of the synergistic spark that elevates craft to art.”
“From the Complete Screenwriting DVD set, I gained more real-world knowledge about quality screenwriting than from any other source I have found. Jim used examples from more than 125 movies to succinctly make each point. Every writer, whether beginner or professional, will benefit from Jim's wisdom and insights. Simply stated: Wow!”
“After watching Jim Mercurio’s DVD set Complete Screenwriting from A to Z to A-List, I couldn’t wait to get into rewriting my screenplay. His passion for storytelling is contagious and his ability to simplify advanced screenwriting concepts through the use of graphics and examples from produced screenplays is outstanding. I’m now confident that I’m armed with the insight to bring my writing to the professional level. Thank you, Jim!”
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