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Bankable Writing: Crafting The Killer Crime Procedural

If there is one thing commissioners and producer want, it’s a Crime Procedural. Audiences love them. Foreign broadcasters love them. Streamers love them.

From a business perspective, they are as close to a licence to print money as any in the film and TV business.

That’s why YOU should be learning the inside track on the genre, format, story arcs and characters that excite the people with the power to greenlight a show.

Where: Ealing Studios and online (streaming)
How Much: £99 (£75 early bird)
When: Sunday, June 30th 10am to 4pm
Video playback for one year.

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As a writer, if you’re looking for the perfect balance of longevity and freshness, of freedom to create and build, of audience satisfaction and creative experimentation, it’s all in a Crime Procedural. The sort of show that will run and run.

In this day-long workshop, let’s get crimey as we learn how to:

  • Get under the skin of how to craft compelling characters that producers, actors and audiences adore or – even better – love to hate.
  • Build suspense, momentum and mastering satisfying revelation.
  • Deconstruct the illusion that creates the WOW at the end of a show or season.
  • Duplicate the success of such classics as COLUMBO, DEATH IN PARADISE, BONES, and BROADCHURCH by identifying the elements that make them global successes.
  • Master the underlying drama, tension and thriller elements that make us connect, care and want more.
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It’s time for crime. Join us and write your next hit show.

Feedback for other courses with Bob

‘It was clearly structured, with brilliant advice and watching the clips was very helpful. It’s one of the best courses I’ve been on. The workshop part helped me look at my script in a new light – looking at those intense, emotion-laden, visually memorable moments which sum up relationship or theme. Brilliant!’
Amy Sparkes // Writer

‘Both entertaining as well as informative!’ 
Jean-Claude Bragard // Filmmaker

The workshop was very well structured with lots of good examples.’
Georgi Kostov // Screenwriter , Director , Producer

‘It had great illustrative clips, alongside good context and also insight int how to apply it to our writing.’
Louise Say // Producer, Writer

‘I now understand how to use these moments, and (as a director) it’ll help me craft them better. Watching the examples I realised that while ‘the moment’ was just seconds, the build up is also key, and these scenes were long and tense… actually much longer than I would have realised! It was so good! This was my second one with Bob and I will sign up for more. I also like that Bob feels like a friend and not a distant guru – thanks Bob!’
Lucy Campbell //  Filmmaker

This class is run by screenwriter Bob Schultz. For more than 20 years, Bob has been training screenwriters , helping thousands of writers clarify their stories, reorganise their ideas and build confidence to bring the very best version of any writer, to the opportunities they create.

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