Lessons from the Screenplay is creating Video Essays
1,022

patrons

$2,231
per Video
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?

Yep!

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!

Other Stuff!

Thank you for checking out the page!

If you want to learn more about Patreon, check out the Patron Q&A page.
Want to stay up-to-date on all things LFTS? Subscribe to the mailing list.
Rewards
Supporting LFTS
$1 or more per Video 528 patrons
My deepest thanks, and access to my patron stream where you have the option to see what film I'm discussing in my next video!

(Some people like it being a surprise, so I do it in a way that doesn't ruin it for them)
Includes Discord rewards
Extra Content
$3 or more per Video 337 patrons
Access to extra content for the videos, which can be deleted segments and earlier versions of the video, audio commentary tracks, or a PDF of the video script.
Includes Discord rewards
Early Access
$5 or more per Video 96 patrons
A personal message from me, as well as early access to my new videos! You'll be able to watch the videos the day before everyone else.
Includes Discord rewards
Let's chat!
$10 or more per Video 55 patrons
I'll set up a monthly group Google Hangout chat where we can discuss movies and I'll answer questions. And, of course, you'll get all the rewards listed above.

Next chat is (tentatively) June 2nd at 10:00AM, PST.
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$2,231 of $3,000 per Video
New kinds of content and more videos!

I can bring on people to make the process faster, start shooting interviews with working screenwriters, and start to cover other storytelling mediums (like video games!)

Plus, I'll do a video on one of the most-requested scripts—Pulp Fiction.
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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?

Yep!

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!

Other Stuff!

Thank you for checking out the page!

If you want to learn more about Patreon, check out the Patron Q&A page.
Want to stay up-to-date on all things LFTS? Subscribe to the mailing list.

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Rewards
Supporting LFTS
$1 or more per Video 528 patrons
My deepest thanks, and access to my patron stream where you have the option to see what film I'm discussing in my next video!

(Some people like it being a surprise, so I do it in a way that doesn't ruin it for them)
Includes Discord rewards
Extra Content
$3 or more per Video 337 patrons
Access to extra content for the videos, which can be deleted segments and earlier versions of the video, audio commentary tracks, or a PDF of the video script.
Includes Discord rewards
Early Access
$5 or more per Video 96 patrons
A personal message from me, as well as early access to my new videos! You'll be able to watch the videos the day before everyone else.
Includes Discord rewards
Let's chat!
$10 or more per Video 55 patrons
I'll set up a monthly group Google Hangout chat where we can discuss movies and I'll answer questions. And, of course, you'll get all the rewards listed above.

Next chat is (tentatively) June 2nd at 10:00AM, PST.
Includes Discord rewards