Screenwriting from A to Z: A full day workshop with Brian Dilg

Saturday April 27th – 09:30 till 18:30 – SpeakEasy Sprachschule – Frankfurt am Main

It’s a good time to be a screenwriter. With the battle between streaming services heating up, there hasn’t been a greater demand for content than there is now. Good scripts are always needed, no matter the times. But one could argue that now is a truly great time to have a great script. But how do you get there? How do you get from a great idea to a script that can actually be produced? We have invited one of the most accomplished and experienced screenwriters/filmmakers you will meet in Frankfurt am Main, Brian Dilg, to teach what he’s learned in the 24 years he’s been writing screenplays and directing films.

Screenwriting From A to Z is a full day screenwriting workshop that covers everything you need to know to find and develop an idea, to get it out of your head and onto the page in the proper format, and written in a way that is unforgettable.


This course will cover the following topics:

What is a screenplay and why is it different from any other kind of writing?

How does a screenplay work? We’ll unearth the hidden, timeless structures and tools behind both drama and comedy that compel an audience to keep watching.

What is the role of dialog? How do I create believable but unforgettable characters? Do they need to be sympathetic? How do movies about difficult characters work?

What is screenplay format? What about writing style?

The fundamental, inescapable challenges that all screenwriters face: architecting your plot but hiding the craft; creating unforgettable characters; hiding the ending in the beginning; engaging the viewer by making them active rather than passive participants; understanding the difference between a story and a situation; using both experience and imagination to create something new; dealing with the problem of finding yourself in your stories and how to turn it to your advantage; first drafts vs. rewrites; crafting inevitable but unexpected endings, and more.

The phases of writing a script, from finding an idea to solving the problem of endless tinkering and what to do with it once you have it written.

Tricks of the trade: The difference between writing for strangers vs. writing things your mother will like. Staying on one theme. Avoiding overwriting by understanding of the power and techniques of movies when you’re just writing words on a page. Creating plots that are an inevitability of character.

Tips for success and longevity

Case studies, resources, tools, links: we’ll view and read many examples from masterworks of cinema, both scripts and film clips. Brian will provide many handouts and additional reading material for you to continue your studies after the day is over.

This will be a writing workshop; come prepared to write, pitch your story ideas and work on them. You will not be passively listening, but putting the principles you hear into practice in exercises, small group and class discussions.

No prior experience is required for this course, just a hunger to learn screenwriting.

While mastering any craft is an ongoing, lifelong process, this workshop will provide you with a enough to get started and you will have all the tools needed to start writing compelling stories for the big screen and the small screen.

The Instructor:

Brian Dilg

Brian Dilg is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and cinematographer.

He’s served as director, writer, cinematographer, producer, editor, colorist, composer, musician and actor on over 90 fiction and non-fiction films since his film career launched in 1995. His film Double Negative was released in 2015 under the auspices of a New York City film collective he co-formed called The 3×3 Project, It’s been screened at film festivals around the world, received numerous awards including for the screenplay, acting, and best-of-festival. He’s also the founder and CEO of The Curious Otters, a company providing film production services for narrative, documentary, television, music videos, and commercials.

He served as the founding chair of the photography department of New York Film Academy 2010-2014, where he taught filmmaking and photography workshops internationally until 2016. He has also served as a spokesperson for Canon, for whom he wrote and acted in a series of photography tutorials. A renowned and passionate teacher, he brings 31 years of teaching experience to this workshop.

Why You Like This Photo, his second book on the science of aesthetic preferences and visual perception in photography, was published by Octopus Books in 2018. His first book, 30-Second Photography, was published in 2014.


09:15 Doors open

09:30 Start of workshop

13:30 Break

14:30 Workshop resumes

18:30 End of workshop

The instructor will make time for short breaks throughout the workshop. Make sure you bring water and snacks with you as you might not make it until the lunch break.

If you have any questions about the course, please reach out to