Dialogue is the mainstay of every. single. screenplay. Great characters, great concepts and great plots mean still get PASSED if the dialogue doesn’t deliver on the promise of greatness.
With millions of dollars on the line in the biz, your dialogue has to be great.
But when you write that in script after script? Your reputation becomes the screenwriter who DELIVERS.
Write Powerful Dialogue that EXCEEDS Hollywood’s Expectations!
Only a fraction of what people say in real life is even close to being good enough for screenplays. Dialogue needs to deliver on multiple levels, entertaining, intriguing and surprising the reader page after page.
It can’t just ‘sound real’. It needs to be better than everyday banter.
Powerful dialogue does all of that and more, bringing IMMEDIATE improvement to any screenplay you write…
… And makes you stand out from the scores of scripts producers get every day.
Advanced Dialogue Made Clear
Studying many of the best scripts in recent film history, we’ve distilled amazing dialogue into a set of straightforward techniques that any writer can use.
This class’ skill set will teach you great ways to:
Bring Characters to Life
Write Colorful Dialogue
Entertain with Irony & Contrast
Add Subtext Cover-ups and Pointers
Rewrite Dialogue Effectively
Once you know the techniques, you can apply them to every screenplay – and intrigue even the toughest readers!
Day 1: What Makes Dialogue Great? Day 2: Expressing Character Day 3: More Character In My Dialogue Please Day 4: Contrasting Dialogue Day 5: Anticipatory Dialogue Day 6: Dialogue Structures Day 7: Subtext Dialogue Cover-ups Day 8: Subtext Pointers Day 9: Creating Colorful Dialogue Day 10: Applying Advanced Dialogue To Your Script
Excellent in every way. It will change the way you write – anything! It will change the way you watch movies, the way you listen to people, maybe even the way you interact with people.
HIGHLY. I recommend this class highly. You’ll see really concrete ways to improve your dialogue, and you’ll see your existing dialog in new ways. Be prepared, though. To get the most out of this class you should spend the time to really work through the lessons…90-120 minutes a day. It’s not an easy A, but it’s genuine professional training at a fairly high level.
James E Clark
This class opened my eyes to so many new ways to create a dynamic character. Well worth the time and effort.
I just wanted to thank you for the dialogue class. I enjoyed it; I especially liked the area of subtext. I liked the clarity and the application that adds depth and meaning. Something I need to imbibe my brain in. I also enjoyed the colorful dialogue. Anytime a writer can color a character through their dialogue, it makes that character pop. This increases the chances that your script will be noticed, not just by producers, but actors looking for that magic part that raises their credibility, making them attractive for stronger parts, notable mantras and higher pay. Thanks. Karen Crider
The classes are instructive, full of examples, stimulating, and challenging. They change your perspective for ever.
Rosemary Tantra Bensko
I like having a list of dialogue tactics to reference when writing screenplays. I’d recommend this to anyone whether writing fiction or screenplays as a way to keep dialogue from being on the nose and demonstrating the interpersonal dynamics of the characters.
The clarity on the concept that every line of dialogue must resonate with a core character trait for that character was extremely “ah-ha” in it’s simplicity. The clear use of MODELS for every aspect of dialogue writing and evaluation and the way all the concepts are broken down and delineated is brilliant. It’s the best and most useful instruction I have seen. Complex creative problems are broken down and organized in comprehensible building blocks that then add up to a solid, well-built structure.
Information is organized in do-able pieces that fit together into a successful whole vision of the creative problem of screenwriting. The complex task of conveying emotion and vision in a condensed blueprint has been so carefully thought through by Hal and his team that it’s a pleasure to engage in every lesson. No dogma and goofy theories. No negative, oppressive cult of personality. Hal presents a realistic and clear-eyed view of creating a creative product and presenting it in a competitive marketplace.
The corporate training model of breaking down screenwriting is brilliant. As a veteran of the industry I find Hal’s instruction deeply thought through, solid and easy to immediately put into practice, step by step. The impact on my writing has been striking. I appreciate Hal’s positive attitude and respect for his students. In an industry where the opposite often prevails, Hal’s honorably upbeat, practical craftsmanship approach is refreshing.
Yes, I recommend this class, especially if they were struggling with writing dialog or unaware of what problems they may be having.
I was already a repped writer when I decided to take this class. I can honestly say that this is the best dialogue advice I’ve ever come across. After finishing the course, I was able to option 3 screenplays which are all in active development, and one has a director and actor attached. Highly recommended