Workshops

We offer a variety of workshops to suit your needs

Screenwriting for Success

What makes a script so overwhelming to a producer that it becomes imperative that they buy it? Writing that is so vivid in its design that agents are calling you, instead of you chasing them? Characters who are so uniquely defined, so captivating in their plight, that managers are championing your work?

Tytin Productions has done extensive research and met with film producers and agents to discover exactly what they buy. We want to help you discover what today’s Hollywood is looking for. You’re not likely to find this information in books authored by writers who haven’t sold a script in 20 years. In fact, current books lead many writers to develop work that contradicts what producers are seeking.

This mentoring program will help you remedy common errors and significantly enhance the quality of your stories. Clients report improvement by at least 70 percent.

If your writing does not improve by at least 70 percent, Tytin will give you a full refund. 

Work step-by-step to create an idea, craft it into a story that is irresistible to a buyer, and learn how to actually get that story in front of an agent or manager.

Each of the 8 sections covers study in a key area designed to elevate your screenwriting skills and enhance your story. Together we will work through each phase to assemble the necessary pieces required to turn your script into a masterpiece.

  • Creating a Concept That Sells

    Avoid the pitfalls of writing a story that isn’t commercially viable. In this session, you will learn how to create hundreds of stories from one idea, narrow it down to the best one, elevate it, and ensure its marketability—all before you begin to flesh out the story.

  • Outlining for Success

    Avoid writer’s block, master filling in the gaps, solve narrative problems and heighten your story. When you learn how to add details in layers and improve the plot through multiple passes at your outline, your scriptwriting process will be straightforward and uncomplicated.

  • Crafting Memorable Characters to Engage the Audience

    Get inside your characters’ heads, explore their intimate relationships, define who they are to their core, and leave lasting impressions. We’ll create believable and compelling characters who utterly engross your audience and emotionally affect them.

  • Tools to Grasp Your Reader

    Use simple yet powerful techniques to astonish your audience and keep them in suspense. These tools will elevate and improve your story conflicts while employing compelling words to paint a stunning picture. You will become versed in conveying what’s in your head on to paper in the most concise, yet potent, way possible.

  • Using Subtext to Elevate Your Story

    Learn the most challenging—yet crucial—art of subtext. Writers who can elegantly convey their characters’ thoughts, moods and words using this technique have an advantage over others. Learn how to effectively utilize subtext in your story to give your words greater significance.

  • Crafting Vivid Dialogue They’ll Remember

    Learn to make everything your characters say sound natural. Individualize them in the story, and allow them to influence the dialogue. Through the consistent use of various techniques, you will never struggle to write captivating dialogue again.

  • Mastering Openings and Endings

    The first 10 pages of your story are the most important, and the ending must leave a lasting impression that is gratifying and unforgettable to your audience. Together we’ll draw them in on page one, necessitate their desire to keep turning the pages, and leave them breathless after the words Fade Out.

  • Marketing Yourself and Your Scripts

    You’ve worked to write an amazing and compelling story. Now what? We’ll work to create marketing materials that will give you the breakthroughs you need to open doors and be successful.

How it works

Just like taking a college course, you will learn a new skill/technique daily and apply what you learned to your writing. There is no grade, but you will be challenged to write every day. Each skill you learn builds upon what you learned previously, strengthening your quality and professionalism.

Imagine if you could learn the techniques to create a marketable script, had a coach walk you step-by-step through the process, offer feedback, and let you keep all the rights to your masterpiece! At the end of our time together, you will write the best script of your life so far, and we’ll even show you the best possible ways to get it sold.

Maybe you only need help with your dialogue. Or the mysterious technique of subtext continuously eludes you. Perhaps your ending needs to be stronger, or your only trouble is pacing.

Although writers continuously tell us they get the most value out of the full mentoring package, you can choose to take an individual section when it’s available. We want our clients to be comfortable, and this allows you the opportunity to try us out first.

Don’t see the section you want? Contact us or check back as we rotate them periodically.

Screenwriting MentoringMost Popular

$ 1000

Creating a Concept That Sells

$ 150

Outlining for Success

$ 150

Crafting Memorable Characters

$ 150

Using Subtext to Elevate Your Story

$ 150

"Let's write beautiful stories together, shall we? I'm excited to read what you create, and to be your guide on this adventure."

− Tyler Tinsley, Principal of Tytin Productions

"This is the new screenwriting bible that I'll be using for years and years to come. "

− Charles Brooks, Film Producer

" I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is serious about screenwriting. "

− Jennifer Weir, Published Author
Camera-Ready Makeup for Actors / Models

What does it take to get ready for an on-camera appearance?

There are benefits to using photo ready makeup for auditions and on set for both Actors and Actresses. The casting director, director and producer want to see the “real you” at your best.

Have you ever wondered which makeup to use—or not to use—for the camera? Do you want to know how to bring forth a more youthful appearance? Would you like to learn how to make your eyes look bigger? How about how to make your face glow without glitter or shimmer? This class will teach you step-by-step the tricks of the makeup trade and how to be camera ready, regardless of whether you are auditioning or performing on set.

Kelly Erwin is a stylist who has done wardrobe/makeup on numerous films and photography shoots. She is adept at creating the desired look, matching skin tones to effective color schemes, and bringing out the “you” that “they” need to see.

Topics covered include:

  • Primer
  • Why is Skin Care Important?
  • Preferred Makeup: Where to Buy
  • Gender-Appropriate Application and Tips
    • Foundation & Concealer
    • Powder
    • Eye Makeup
    • Eyebrows
    • Lashes
    • Contouring & Highlighting
    • Lips
  • Products You Should Never Use
  • How to Achieve a “Natural” Look
  • Keeping it Fresh
  • Hair Products

Price

$ 95

Lighting Class

Lighting is one of the most overlooked aspects of filmmaking. It doesn’t matter how good the camera is; without proper lighting, the shots will be either too dark or too bright, or they just won’t feel right. This class is designed to teach filmmakers the principles behind lighting while providing hands-on experience with professional grade lights and accessories.

The class will include:

  • Lighting theory and principles used on EVERY set
  • Industry standard on-set and safety procedures
  • How to put together a proper grip bag for basic on-set maintenance
  • Proper interior and exterior lighting techniques
  • The difference between tungsten, fluorescent, and HMI, lights and when to use each one
  • Hard light, mid-range and soft lighting techniques
  • Basic 3- and 5-point lighting set-ups
  • How to get the most out of your lighting by using barn doors, reflectors, diffusion, soft boxes, party gels and cookies
  • Things to avoid, such as double shadows, hot spots and camera ping

Price

$ 125

Videography Class

In today’s world, almost everyone has access to a camera, whether it is through their cell phone, webcam or a basic video camcorder. Though cameras are common, good videography isn’t. Plus it doesn’t take a trained eye to tell the difference between an amateur and a professionally shot video. This class is designed to take your camera operating skills to the next level.

The class will include:

  • Principles of how a professional grade camera operates
  • How to properly set up a camera
  • The difference between interlaced and progressive and selecting the format that works best for you
  • Frame rates and shutter speed
  • White balancing and color temperature
  • How to achieve a proper focus
  • Selecting the correct exposure and how to use light meters
  • How to widen or shallow up the depth of field
  • The difference between wide and telephoto lens, and when to use each one
  • Basic shot composition
  • How to get the most out of your shot by controlling the focal point and eye flow
  • Camera movements, such as dollies, tilts and hand-held

Price

$ 125

Cinematographer Package

This package is designed for people who are interested in becoming a high-level cinematographers. This package includes the Lighting AND Videography classes plus additional director of photography (DP) class.

The class will include:

  • What responsibilities will you be entitled to as a director of photography?
  • How to break down a script to create a shot list
  • How to work with a director to ensure your shots cover their vision
  • How to maintain proper screen direction to make your work easier to edit
  • Ensure you have the ability to shoot proper coverage of the action in the scene

Price

$ 225