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DVD: Grabbing the Reader in the First 10 Pages

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Create powerful opening scenes that transport readers into your story and compel them to keep reading.

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The opening of your screenplay is your single most powerful weapon for acquiring an agent or securing a deal. Most Hollywood executives won’t read past page 10 if they’re not immediately involved in your story, but will forgive an abundance of weaknesses later in the script if you grab them from the moment they begin.

Using examples from several Oscar nominated screenplays, this DVD will show you how to:

  • Ensure that your opening scenes draw readers into the world you’ve created
  • Set the tone of your screenplay
  • Establish empathy with your hero
  • Lay the groundwork for character growth and theme
  • Compel readers to turn the page

Michael also gives selected participants direct feedback on their opening scenes, which you can read directly on the screen as you hear his commentary and suggestions.

“The most comprehensive and thoughtful analysis yet for professional screenwriting.”

Diane CairnsProducer; Screenwriter; Former Senior VP: ICM;
former Senior VP of Production, Universal Pictures

“Michael Hauge’s method is magic—but unlike most magicians, he shows you how the trick is done.”

William LinkScreenwriter & Co-Creator: Columbo; Murder, She Wrote

“I’ve been writing for many years, and have even won some top awards. But your coverage of inner conflict – connecting at the level of essence – was the absolute best I’ve ever heard. I knew what internal conflict was, but could never seem to make it unfold in a way that resonated with the reader. I came home, grabbed my work in progress, and did a rewrite based on your principles. Now I feel like Helen Keller when she finally understood the word water: I finally GET it – and it works!”

Laron GloverNovelist: What Writers Want


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