Jake discusses three elements of One Night in Miami: the way the screenplay lands its political message, the slightly old-fashioned way it uses exposition (it’s not perfect), and the simple power of a character’s secret as a tool for building structure.
Jake breaks down the hook, engine and structure of Cobra Kai, how to find your hook, and what to do if the engine of your TV series runs out of steam.
Jake dissects the trick ending of The Little Things and other great films like The Sixth Sense, The Usual Suspects and Se7en to answer the how do you write a trick ending in your screenplay?
Jake and special guest Steven Bagatourian discuss writing for hire screenwriting gigs, pitching and how building a career as a writer starts with finding your own voice.
Jake breaks down the screenplay adaptation of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and the art of adapting a play for the screen.
Jake breaks down the many ways The Queen’s Gambit flaunts the traditional rules of structure, and shows you how to overcome friction points in your own writing.
Keeping your New Year’s resolutions as a writer begins with learning to think a little more like your characters. The person you are today is not going to be the person you are at the end of the screenplay.
Jake and his world renowned faculty discuss their best tips on how to pitch your script without sell your soul.
Jake Krueger and Ron McCants discuss how to create the balance between thinking about your TV Drama pilot as an engineer, and getting your voice and the thing you need to say on the page.