Chelsea Morgan Hoffman, tutor on John Yorke’s Story for Screen online course, takes questions on 5-act structure, how to perfect a professional outline and how your themes might change dramatically throughout the writing process.
John Yorke regularly drops into the practical online course developed to accompany his bestselling book, Into The Woods. This week he met up with screenwriting students in our chatroom to answer questions on writing theme, characters and intertwining storylines.
‘Writers often get so focused on the details they can’t see the forest for the trees’. John Yorke Story course tutor Chelsea Morgan Hoffman looks at the process of developing a screenplay, and the power of 5 Act structure.
Perfecting the structure of a story is what makes the difference between a good idea and a successful piece of screenwriting. In this one-to-one session, David Roden explains to a John Yorke Storytelling for Screen student core elements of five-act structure: inciting incidents, moments of hope and despair, and the point of no return.
How many times have you begun a script with dreams of grandeur, only for it to peter out, and end up half written with no direction? In the first of two Q&A sessions, students taking John Yorke’s Storytelling for Screen online course talk to tutor, director and editor David Roden about the importance of script structure, the necessity of passion, and Jackie Collins’ secret to success.