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What People Say:
This course was a huge eye opener for me. Emmanuel approaches the development process with a whole new perspective that allows writers to either re-write existing projects or take a whole new idea through the Story Type method and develop it to a screenplay. The use of Maslow to explain parts of the process as well as the “Fractal” aspect of storytelling were both immensely interesting and useful to me. Do yourself a favour, do the course, you won’t regret it!!
A screenwriting toolbox that makes sense.
An excellent communicator and educator – Emmanuel cuts through the theory with candour and simplicity. The course fuels a drive to get back to the keyboard with confidence, knowing his tangible tools will act as a guiding light.
Focused and Relevant, As Always
Advanced Development is the second course I have done with Emmanuel, and as with Writing a Successful TV Series, it was focused, sharp, and relevant.
Emmanuel structures his courses so there’s no time wasted, and if you’re serious about progressing your project and career, you’ll want to put the same commitment into it. You’ll come away with an understanding of industry expectations, the tools to apply high standards, and the confidence to meet the challenge.
I’m already looking forward to the next course.
A revolution of freedom
Emmanuel’s Story Type Method has been eye-opening, confidence-building, and truly inspirational. It has given me a toolbox packed to the brim with ideas and processes to assess and develop scripts in a bespoke manner for each script and scriptwriter. Often, when working on my own work or with other writers, I need to try multiple entry points before cracking the right way to start work on a project. This method cuts through so much of the trial and error by identifying specific types of stories, and how to best harness their unique qualities to bring out the writer’s voice, talent, and preferred way of working. I feel like I’ve only just begun with this work and can’t wait to continue learning and applying it. The course itself is delivered in a way that is very easy to understand, entertaining, and fun and I look forward to the next one.
The course was perfect for me.
The course was perfect for me. It made me really think about plot development and the character’s journey. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to advance their script to be the best it can be. A huge thanks to Emmanuel for his wise and considered teaching. It was a pleasure.
Very thorough understanding of the inner workings of our craft.
True value for money. Well-suited for advancing and advanced screenwriters, including successful ones and those who think they have heard or read it all before. Don’t expect a gospel from a preacher or a showman. Oberg is a modest man who clearly resists becoming the next screenplay guru. Yet he delivers an amazing, almost complete and very thorough understanding of the inner workings of our craft, guaranteed to spark fresh thoughts that will benefit your next project, no matter how experienced you are. And there is a big bonus. The screenplay business is a fickle mistress that can often leave you frustrated. Oberg makes you remember why you fell in love with her in the first place and he makes you fall in love all over again. [Advanced Development Workshop for the Netherlands Film Fund]
A liberating revelation
I took the Screenwriting Unchained-course as a live course at the Swedish Film Institute a few years ago. It was a great (and intense 3-day) experience. Not to say a revelation. After the Hero’s Journey, Truby and McKee with 9, 12 or 20-whatever steps (not bad at all and very useful – but still) it was very liberating.
The TV Series-course takes the same thoughts and applies them on ideas and stories (and storylines) that are meant to last for a whole season (or in some cases several seasons). So far I haven’t come across a take on story structure that has been as helpful and useful as this one. (Ok, Aristotle, but that’s where we all start.)
Oberg has certainly shared some nifty moves
Alexander Pope wrote:
“True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
As those move easiest who have learn’d to dance.”
It remains to be seen if I will be a good writer after this course, but Emmanuel Oberg has certainly shared some nifty moves (NB tools, not rules) that I am sure will offer, if not “true ease in writing” then certainly a better understanding of the craft.
It makes so much sense!
Emmanuel’s Story-Type method as explained in the [Screenwriting Unchained] course makes creative sense and deals with the real tasks and issues involved in developing a script/screenplay. The whole process has become more clear to me from following this course and I intend to wring every bit of wisdom and technique I can out of the full course over the next few weeks. Thank you Emmanuel for de-mystifying and clarifying the concepts!
Great self-learning experience
It was a great self-learning experience that was really flexible to get done because of the videos provided which allowed for watching in your own pace and time schedule. I enjoyed the course taught by Emmanuel Oberg a lot and feel that I can use the tools provided very well for current and future projects in series but definitely also feature films. Highly recommended as a course to learn about strategic approaches to creating and checking the stories you work on – also as a producer!
Screenwriting Unchained is Amazing
I took the screenwriting unchained course. It was very informative. It helped me understand story in a clearer way than I’ve ever understood it. It focuses on tools to help you create great stories, rather than logistical beats that you need to fit your story into. Emmanuel is really great.
An extraordinary course!
I cannot thank you enough for such an extraordinary course full of so much wisdom mixed with a rare humility and delivered with real passion. The practical tools will be tremendously useful and the resources a huge bonus. [Advanced Development Workshop for Screen West Midlands]
The right kind of teacher for inherently creative people.
Emmanuel is the right kind of teacher for inherently creative people. He does not instruct, or impose, or prescribe. He displays and explains a box of first-class tools, and encourages the writer to use the ones that suit the work in hand. In this way the work is improved, and the writer gains confidence at the same time, which in turn leads to even better work. Emmanuel is very tall, but he never talks down to you. [Advanced Development Workshop for Cologne Intl Film School]
A stimulating and inspiring course.
Many, many thanks for such a stimulating and inspiring course. The tools are already coming in extremely useful and I hope will transform my approach to any new project from now on. [Advanced Development Workshop for Ealing Studios]
I’m itching to write. I can think of no higher praise.
Every once in a while, we need an update; whether it’s a software update for our phones or laptops, or an attempt to re-paint the kitchen cabinets.
This is the update for story on screen. If you are a writer, an editor, a producer or a commissioner, you need to do this course. Every project you work on will be better – fact!
I’ve been writing and editing for ten years, and I’ve done lots of different courses over the last decade, but this has completely revolutionized the way I think about my writing and the structure of story.
Not only is the Story Type Method enlightening, it’s as creative and fluid as the writing process itself. And it puts the audience at the heart of the discussion. Not in a slavish way that suggests pandering to the market or duplicating previously successful formulas, but in showing the best way to make the story you want to tell enjoyable for the different audiences that are out there.
I found this course inspiring and encouraging. Gone is the sense of dread that can accompany sitting down to tackle a scene or a treatment – I’m itching to write. I can think of no higher praise. [Advanced Development Workshop for Creative Europe Galway]