Lessons from the Screenplay

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(Some people like it being a surprise, so I do it in a way that doesn't ruin it for them)

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Access to extra content for the videos, which includes a PDF of each video script, and occasional deleted segments, earlier versions of the video, and audio commentary tracks.

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Hi! I’m Michael. This is Lessons from the Screenplay.

What is LFTS?

With Lessons from the Screenplay, my goal is to make videos that help people appreciate and understand the craft of storytelling.

Whether it’s looking at the anatomy of story structure, or how to create the ultimate antagonist, I try to make every video provide a useful lesson while also highlighting the reasons we love our favorite movies.

There are a seemingly endless number of great films to examine, and each one holds a unique lesson that could become a video—and I want you to help me make them.

What is Patreon?

Patreon is a platform that lets you support the creators you love.

For example: you could pledge three dollars per video, and when I release a new video you’ll be charged three dollars at the end of the month.

What I love most about Patreon is that my audience, people like you, can directly support my work—which means I’m making videos for you, first and foremost.

How do I know you won’t go insane and release 100 videos?

Well, I wouldn’t do that to you—but luckily, you can also set a monthly maximum so you never go above your budget.

Typically I release an average of one video every three weeks.

Why do you need the money?

Making these videos is a full time job.

I read the screenplay, research the film, watch interviews with the screenwriter, write several drafts of the video script, record the voice over, edit the videos, do all the motion graphics, mix the sound, make the thumbnail and upload.

It’s great, and I love it, but it takes a lot of time.

There are also operational costs—hard drives to store all the footage (so much footage), improving my voice over “booth” (foam on cardboard), and the purchase of many, many blu-rays.

Do I get anything in return?


There are several different perks. You can get extra content for each video, early access to the releases, or even join a monthly Google Hangout where we talk about movies!

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$2,132 of $3,000 per Video
Once we hit $3,000 per video we'll do a video on one of the most-requested scripts—Pulp Fiction.
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