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WriteMovies Academy: a unique Virtual Film School!

A fraction of the price of normal film schools.

Get closer to how the real industry works.

Highly experienced presenters, proven resources.

About your host - WriteMovies Director, Ian Kennedy

Inventive ways to unlock your potential.

Creative Challenge

Practical focus, detailed insights, simple but powerful tools

WriteMovies Academy Online Course

Structured activities and mentoring to ensure YOU will stand out.

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Acclaimed by users at all levels of skill or experience.

WriteMovies Academy Phase 1-online course

What you get, in every Phase...

Our courses enable you to work from home at your own pace, focus on the areas you need most, and generate INDUSTRY-READY concepts, materials, scripts and plans from the start!

  • A reading list and watching list to complete before or during your course based on purely upon the books the industry ACTUALLY uses and refers to.
  • Industry-quality insight into all the areas you’re upskilling, in a clear logical sequence.
  • Creative Challenges and feedback designed to get you inspired, generating pitch-ready material, and progressing every day.
  • A series of exclusive online Mini-Masterclass videos (password access) and other tools, activities, articles and materials (provided by email every week)
  • Documents and resources and activities to test your understanding on real productions and make your own ideas stand out.
  • Expert input and daily or weekly feedback on your work from our Hollywood writing experts.
  • Opportunities to turn your learning and materials into production-ready scripts and Proofs-Of-Concept as you learn.
  • Personalized focus and scheduling.
  • Free Consultancy/Mentoring reports provided in the industry-standard formats we provide to WriteMovies customers, at the end of key Phases of your project, to show the current standing of your project in the marketplace and what to do next
  • Free entry to any main WriteMovies contest – where the top 3 are guaranteed a year of free script development from us and pitching to industry!
  • A professional-print-quality certificate you can keep to prove your achievements
  • Exclusive access to all of the new Mini-Masterclass videos we share in the future!

Sign up using the form at the top right of this page.

Phase 1 - Concept And Development

Anyone can throw genre cliches together, but it’s the concept and the depth of how you explore your theme which will really mark you out and create your ‘voice’ as a writer. Whatever your skill level and experience, trust our industry experts to give you new and unique insights, tools and approaches to unlock and focus your potential.

Phase 1 includes full access to all of our extensive online courses, sessions and resources exploring these topics, both now and whenever we add more in future. It also includes an extensive set of activities to extend and mentor your upon, at your own pace. These online courses include:


Phase 2 - Planning and Outlining

One of the first stages of screenwriting is script planning and outlining. Find out all about story structure, characters, and which are the most beneficial tools to keep you on track. Map out an outline and treatment which will enable you to confidently complete your script without fear of ‘writer’s block’, with help from our professional industry experts.

Available on request, or as soon as you complete the previous Phases!

Phase 3 - First Drafts

The first draft is the most exciting and enjoyable, but also dangerous, phase of writing a screenplay. Find out how to ensure yours will succeed, and how to avoid ‘writer’s block’ throughout the process. Includes FREE industry-standard script coverage, under our Studio Consulting service.

Available on request, as soon as you complete the previous Phases!

Phase 4 - Second Drafts

Many people who call themselves writers like to think that their first draft is already great, and just needs polishing. A professional knows that writing is really rewriting: second draft scripts and the refinement of them from there make all the difference. Let us show you slick methods to analyze, edit, rewrite, sharpen and proof your second draft scripts from start to finish.

Available on request, as soon as you complete the previous Phases!

Phase 5 – Script Pitching and Promoting

A script that never sells or gets produced is a waste of a big chunk of your life, for nothing. The only way to avoid that is by script pitching – taking your project to the industry and selling it to the people who can get it made and distributed to its full potential. Learn from our decades of industry experience and examples!

Available on request, as soon as you complete the previous Phases!

Phase 6 – Production, The Wrap, and the Long Game

Writers might like to think of their work as somehow perfect and separate from the gritty realities of the world, and not dependent on them. In reality, all success depends on working within the industry and the wider marketplace – but if you can master them, you can get the system to work for you, not the other way round.

Available on request, as soon as you complete the previous Phases!

Why us?

We’ve been selling scripts and other works to the international entertainment industry for decades and develop writers of ANY age and experience level. If you’re considering film school, you don’t have to leave the house or go $100k into debt! No one gives you an industry writing job because you went to a specific film school. You get one because of the quality of your writing sample. Our complete course is a fraction of the $100k cost of Film School and available from home wherever you are, in your own time!

NOBODY is better qualified than our founder Dr. Alex Ross in why films succeed and fail. He's:

NOBODY is better qualified than our founder Dr. Alex Ross in why films succeed and fail. He's:

  • A top former agent who represented Quentin Tarantino, Andrew Niccol etc and other top writers,
  • Producer of a theatrical feature film that was distributed by Warner Bros,
  • Creator of an entertainment company he sold to Sandra Bullock,
  • A BAFTA member,
  • Founder of, described as having a ‘virtual monopoly… on the concept of global cinema’ by MovieMaker Magazine,
  • A collaborator with multi-award-winning directors, and,
  • In 2020 he completed a DOCTORATE on why films succeed and fail. He has a unique insight, based on thousands of case studies, on the key replicable elements which make a film succeed.

Still want to find out more? Sure… Take your screenwriting and film production skills to the next level, and start your journey to the top with us.

Welcome to WriteMovies Academy! Wherever you’ve reached in your journey as a writer, screenwriter or producer, our unique virtual film school will take you to new heights and place you closer to the real industry than film schools – for a fraction of the price. Our course gives you exclusive insights and input into your projects from Hollywood writing experts, with approaches and tools and insights that you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Academy sessions have already received much acclaim, all of which we publish here, with an overall user rating of over 9/10 across all Phases! For example, our first 53 user feedback reports gave the quality of the Mini-Masterclass presenters a 93% rating, the presentation media and resources a 91% rating, the presentation content an 89% rating, the activities an 89% rating – and meanwhile their own confidence in the subjects covered leapt 18.5% and their confidence in their own projects leapt 17% – per Phase of the course!

About our Testimonials

Dozens of our users have completed whichever Phases of our Academy course they ordered. We provided Mini-Masterclasses, tools and activities, and users were given a month to prepare for and work through each phase, ending with a joint session for those who are available, with feedback forms provided at the end of it. We ask them to return handwritten feedback to help demonstrate their authenticity, and have here collated the scans as shown, all of which we publish on request. All relevant feedback is shown here in full: user names and confidential project information have been redacted consistently on all forms but all relevant feedback is included in full.

Do you want to become a professional screenwriter or producer? At whatever stage of your odyssey, we can help you succeed. Not only that, if your work receives a “distinction”, we will recommend it to several agents and producers. So it is a win-win option for you. You can sign up for any stage and complete it in your time. You will only ever have to pay for one stage at a time and if you need to take a couple of months off for work, there are no penalties and we will always be there for you. Unlike brick and mortar film schools, we will not waste your time or money and we will always tell you the truth. Why are we so sure we can provide you with a better program? Alex Ross, the head of the company, has spent years lecturing at Film Schools all over the world, from UCLA to the London International Film School. He knows what goes on behind the scenes, what works and what does not.

At whatever stage you are, we provide all of our students with great online support which includes a reading list of the books that the industry actually uses, hot tips on what is going on and how to break into the game, as well as a copy of the Studio Manual which is a crucial and very detailed document outlining the process studios and production companies use to assess scripts, novels and plays, so you can be a step ahead of them. Stop talking about it, do it!

Register NOW using the form above. And remember…

You invest months of your life on a script in the hope that it will sell. There is nothing sadder or more defeating than a script that has not sold. You owe to yourself to give your script the best possible chance of getting made. We provide that to you. For a few cents for every hour of your life you have or are about to invest, we will provide you with not only a safety net, but a support system that will always be there for you. You cannot make it on your own, the odds are totally against you. Let us help you.

Don’t blow $100,000 to go to film school and be taught by “has beens”. We can teach you to become a professional screenwriter for $3000 and you will be taught by successful working professionals! Let us know about your own personal situation and WriteMovies will cater a specific plan of action to take your script or idea to the next level.

Join our Academy now! 

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    Promoting great global storytelling since 1999.

    Since we were established in Hollywood in 1999 we’ve been the company who help you choose the best scripts and projects, develop them to their fulfil their potential, and get them sold and produced, with two Oscar-nominated writers among our notable success stories. Our acclaimed services and contests mirror how your script will fare in the industry right now.

    • “I think this is a wonderful collaborative space
    • “Very well done and innovating: inspires me to write everytime
    • A very useful course for me personally.”
    • Well presented. Good use of well known films to relate to.”
    • “Nice bite sized, easily DIGESTIBLE, Nicely PACED.
    • “I thought that this session was excellent and allowed me to make numerous changes to my script.”
    • Very useful.
    • “Great reading and watch list.”
    • “Very friendly”
    • “I found it friendly, informative and most importantly non threatening”
    • “Very good”

    We've had over 100 participants in our Academy Phases so far - and they've rated its qualities over 9/10 on average across all Phases!

    I wanted to write a short note to say how much I enjoy working with WriteMovies. The professional way in which you work with the writers and the analysts makes the experience of giving and receiving screenplay notes a painless one and as a result allows the creative process to flow smoothly. Any writer looking to move their script to a higher level can’t go wrong by turning to WriteMovies for feedback.
    Tom Craig

    Producer of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, RAIN MAN and many other top films

    WriteMovies in Hollywood

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