LEARN SCREENWRITING FROM AN AWARD WINNING WRITER:

     LEARN:

     - The Fundamentals of Screenwriting 

     -  How to Overcome Writer's Block

     -  How to Program Yourself for Success

     -  What Stories Are Really About

     -  What Your Message Is

     -  The Basics of Intellectual Property Law

     -  What It Means to Be a "Professional"

     -  How to Create Great Characters

     -  How to Create TV Shows

         

     And much more...

 

Josefina Lopez, is the Artistic Director of Casa 0101 Theater, has an MFA from UCLA's School of Theater, Film & TV and has been a professional Screenwriter for 30 years in the WGA (Writers Guild of America) as well as a Playwright with over 100 productions of her plays throughout the U.S. Her film Real Women Have Curves won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2002 and was inducted into the National Registry at the Library of Congress and will be one of the films featured at the opening exhibit of the Museum of Academy of Motion Pictures. Her first play Simply Maria or the American Dream

won a Gold Award from CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) and an Emmy in 1999. In 1995 she and her Co-writer Jon Mercedes III, sold three TV pilots to three different networks in three different genres working with TV Producer Norman Lear (One Day at a Time, All in the Family, The Jeffersons) to turn Real Women Have Curves into a TV Show. She is currently pitching four TV shows (Real Women Have Curves, Hungry Woman, Consensual Sex, Chavez & Chang) and hustling to get her next movie made with her Co-Screenwriter George Lavoo titled Lola Goes to Roma (inspired by her play of the same name). She taught a five- day Screenwriting Course at Casa 0101 Theater on February 2018 and filmed it. Josefina wants to share her knowledge and craft with as many aspiring writers and especially Latina/o writers to help improve the representation of Latinos in TV, Film.

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Outline of Videos

Day 1.0 - LSA Welcome - video is above

--Day 1 - Opening talk

This video is a welcome greeting to the Latino Screenwriting Academy created by Josefina Lopez.

 

Day 1 - 1 Recall Exercises  - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395335852

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy Series Josefina gives you writing prompts to start the creative process within you.

Day 1 - 2 Exercises, Trauma and Conflict - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395339840

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy Series Josefina continues to give writing prompts.

 

Day 1 - 3 Exercises, Trauma and Writing continued - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395345547

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy Series Josefina describes the types of conflict that exist in dramatic writing.

 

Day 1 - 4 Types of Conflict continued - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395350070

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy Series Josefina continues to describe the four different types of conflict.

 

Day 1 - 5 In-Class Exercise: Screenplay Intro - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395350391

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy Series Josefina goes through the basics of writing a screenplay and format. 

 

Day 1 - 6 In-Class Exercise: Screenplay continued - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395350950

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy Series Josefina continues going through the basics of writing a screenplay and format. 

 

Day 1 - 7 Believe in Your Dreams - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395352475

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy Series Josefina reminds you to believe in your dreams to succeed.

 

Day 1.8 In-Class Review - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395353550

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina reviews with the class what is needed for a good story for the assigned in-class homework.

 

Day 2.1 - Acting - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395365778

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina goes over acting for screenwriters.

 

Day 2.2 The Basics of Structure - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395375288

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina goes over the basics of Structure.

Day 2.3 The Basics of Structure Continued - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395377903

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina continues with the basics of Structure.

 

Day 2.4 - Fundamentals of Structure - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395383462

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina goes over Fundamentals of Structure

 

Day 2.5 Map of Conciousness, Using Piano to exemplify - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395386910

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina goes over Map of Conciousness and Music.

 

Day 2.6 Synopsis - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395394632

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina explains synopsis structure and style through one of her examples.

 

Day 2.7 Tears, Story Analysis and Paranormal - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395396511

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina breaks down themes in story analysis from a Paranormal example.

 

Day 2.8 TV Show Loglines - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395397997

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina shares examples of TV show log lines.

 

Day 2.9 What Stories are Really About - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395404263

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina breaks down what stories are really about.

 

Day 2.10 What Stories are Really About continued - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395408664

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina continue the discussion on what stories are really about.

 

Day 2.11 Q & A - Concerning Writing Treatments - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395410354

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina does a Q & A.

 

Day 2.12 Re-cap of Day One - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395412401

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina reviews day one.

 

Day 3.1 Ideas for TV - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395480441

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina goes over how to sell your ideas for TV.

 

Day 3.2 TV Bible - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/403814760

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina explains the characters important to a Bible when pitching.

 

Day 3.3 Dialogue - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395487750

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina goes over characters dialogue.

 

Day 3.4 Dialogue Continued - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395491536

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina continues going over characters dialogue.

 

Day 3.5 Formatting 1 - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395492319

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina explains formatting a script.

 

Day 3.6 Formatting 2 - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395496213

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina continues discussing formatting a script.

 

Day 3.7 Differences in Screenwriting, Novels and Playwriting - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395502335

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina goes over differences in Screenwriting, Novels and Playwriting

 

Day 3.8 Ego in Writing - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395508759

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina explains the ego’s job and how to not let it interfere in your writing.

 

Day 3.9 Emotional Chart-Self Awareness - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395510562

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina goes over the importance of emotions.

 

Day 3.10 Latino Stereotypes - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395522042

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina breaks down Latino Stereotypes.

 

Day 3.11 Latina Movie Executive - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395534600

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina gives a quick insight from a Latina Executives’ perspective in the industry.

 

Day 3.12 The Pitch - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395536496

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina gives techniques to perfect your pitch.

 

Day 3.13 WebSeries - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395540462

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina about writing your own web series.

 

Day 3.14 Cafe Con Chisme - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395542034

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina shares her experience creating the web series Café con Chisme.

 

Day 3.15 Writing Action Description & Directing - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395547976

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina gives insight on how to write action descriptions for directing.

 

Day 4.1 Archetypes Breakdown - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395551855

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina breakdown the several different archetype characters.

 

Day 4.2 Our Core Fears - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395559345

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina explains how our fears interfere with our writing.

 

Day 4.3 Past Lives - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395563440

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina shares how our past lives can influence our writing.

 

Day 4.4 Icebergs, Looking Below - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395570150

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina shares what personal insights can do to for our writing.

 

Day 4.5 Antagonists - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395581564

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina helps us explore our bad side without shaming ourselves to give life and dimension to our Antagonists.

 

Day 5.1 Being A Professional Screenwriter - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395583893

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina shares with us the benefits of being a professional.

 

Day 5.2 Aspiring Screenwriters - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395586024

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina shares the different phases of fear to success of being an aspiring writer. 

 

Day 5.3 Understanding Tone - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/395593921

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina explains how to find the tone of your film.

 

Day 5.4 LandMark Forum - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/403436516

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina shares the state of mind important to being a protagonist of our own stories to be a successful writer. Her experience doing the Landmark Forum and how it transformed her life.)

 

Day 5.5 The Confrontation - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/403455161

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina helps us understand that the confrontation is all about facing our own fears in the art form of writing.

 

Day 5.6 The Meeting - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/403464417

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina shares with us how to prepare for a meeting with an executive once our projects are ready.

 

Day 5.7 Mind Map - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/403474816

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina lets us in on the importance and balance of mind mapping for success.

 

Day 5.8 Clock Exercise - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/403483620

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina shares a the clock exercise that will aide in our mind mapping process.

 

Day 5.9  The Secret - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/403486497

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina gives us the secret to The Secret. 

 

Day 5.10  Monitor Your Thoughts - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/403491143

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina reminds us of the importance of monitoring our thoughts to attract success.

 

Day 5.11  The Gossip - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/403493608

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina explains how gossip can help us gage if our stories are entertaining enough.

 

Day 5.12 Legal Aspect of Screenwriting - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/403501600

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina explains the importance of  understanding the basics of intellectual property and legal matters in the industry to stay out of legal trouble. (Consult with a Lawyer - this information is not legal advice so please do your research. The information provided is based on Josefina's real life experiences with intellectual property law and her research, but please double check it.)

 

Day 5.13  - Actors - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/403539497

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina explains the importance of working with actors in the development process of your screenplay.

 

Day 5.14  - Actors Read Script - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/403540167

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina shares the value of having actors read your script.

 

Day 5.15 Branding - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/403541791

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina explains the importance of seeing yourself as a brand and having a brand.

 

Day 5.16 Closing - Click on link: https://vimeo.com/403549341

In this episode of the Latino Screenwriting Academy series Josefina closest out with a recap of the week. 

JOSEFINA IS AVAILABLE FOR 

SCRIPT CONSULTING

Script Consulting Services: 

$75 to read your TV Bible (10 pages maximum) and give you feedback as to how to improve your chances of getting a TV deal - via phone or Skype/Zoom.

$75 to read your SHORT SCREENPLAY or PLAY (45 pages and under) and give written notes.

$100 to read your TV Script (45 pages and under) and give written notes.

$200 to read your PLAY (60 pages up to 85 pages) and give written notes and suggestions on how to do a rewrite and discuss in person if you're in L.A. or via phone or Skype/Zoom.

$200 to read your TV Script (60 pages and under) and give written notes and discuss in person if you're in L.A. or via phone or Skype/Zoom.

$300 to read your SCREENPLAY (60 pages and over) and give written notes.

$400 to read your SCREENPLAY (60 pages and over) and give written notes and discuss script in person if you are in L.A. or via phone or Skype/Zoom.

$500 to read your SCREENPLAY (60 pages and over) and give rewrite notes and suggestions on how to restructure/rewrite your screenplay and discuss your script in person if you're in L.A. or via phone or Skype/Zoom.

Have an idea for a screenplay, play, show, one person show or event and you want to develop it and need coaching as to what's the best way to create it/write it and get it produced? 

$75 an hour for Project Development/Coaching

For consulting services:

LatinoScreenwritingAcademy@gmail.com

All payments are done via PayPal, Venmo or check:

Via PayPal at rwhcstudio@gmail.com - via Venmo at @Josefina-Lopez-22 or mail a check to

Att: Josefina Lopez, Casa 0101 Theater, 2102 E. First St., L.A., CA 90033 (Let me know if when you send it.)

 

Videos were edited by the fabulous Arcelia Martinez:

Arcelia Martinez has been an editor since 2013 and created various types of media from short form content to feature length documentaries. A well-rounded editor, she has a great sense of timing that ensures a story is well paced to achieve its best version. 

 

Before becoming a full-time editor Arcelia also worked as a 1st Assistant Director, Script Supervisor and Actress. She enjoys being a part of a great team and seeing stories come to life. On her downtime, Arcelia moves to the sounds of Salsa on the dance floor, goes out for bike rides or binges on some of her favorite shows.

 

Several of the projects that she worked on are now streaming on platforms such as Amazon Prime and Netflix. Arcelia is available to edit your next project, you can reach her at martinez.arcelia@gmail.com.

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Camera & Editing also by JD Mata - you can hire him for cinematography, editing and directing work by contacting him a JDMataFilms@gmail.com
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Additional Camera work done by the amazing Claudia Duran who is also an Editor and Director - you can hire her at ceduan5@gmail.com

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You can also send a donation via Venmo at @Josefina-Lopez-22 or mail a check to Att: Josefina Lopez, Casa 0101 Theater, 2102 E. First St., L.A., CA 90033 

 

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DOWNLOAD SCREENWRITING CLASS MATERIALS

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BASICS OF DRAMA

DRAMA VOCABULARY

SCREENWRITING VOCABULARY

STORIES & GENRES

CHARACTERS

UNDERSTANDING CONFLICT

SCREENWRITING STRUCTURE

UNDERSTANDING WRITER'S BLOCK

SCREENWRITING FORMAT EXERCISE

CORE FEARS

MAP OF CONSCIOUSNESS

SAMPLE VERY SHORT SCREENPLAY 

TV SHOW LOGLINES

SAMPLE SHORT SCREENPLAY

SAMPLE MOVIE TREATMENT

SAMPLE WEBSERIES

HOW TO PITCH A TV DRAMA

SAMPLE ONE HOUR TV DRAMA

SAMPLE TV DRAMA TREATMENT

F.A.Q. BY WRITERS

PLAY STRUCTURE

HOW TO GET AN AGENT

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW 101

SAMPLE COLLABORATION AGREEMENT

SAMPLE COLLABORATION AGREEMENT

INPUT YOUR INFORMATION

ADAPTING STORIES TO THE SCREEN

USEFUL RESOURCES:

WGA.ORG - REGISTER YOUR SCRIPTS THERE

COPYRIGHT.GOV TO COPYRIGHT YOUR LITERARY, ARTISTIC AND MUSICAL WORKS.

NHMC.ORG - find out about their Latino TV Writers Program happening in the summer.

NALIP.ORG - attend their conference and network with producers.

WRITERSSTORE.COM get your books and software there and if you take a class with them you get a discount on Final Draft.

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