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First Rule of Jim Uhls, YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT Jim Uhls!

We have a MAJOR treat for the tribe this week. I have no other than Jim Uhls, the master screenwriter behind David Fincher’s “Fight Club”, one of the greatest films in my generation, in my humble option.

Jim Uhls, Screenwriter, Fight Club, David Fincher, Tyler Durden, Screenplay, Screenwriter's Toolkit, Movie Script, How to Write a Screenplay

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When Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club was making the rounds in Hollywood, it was a tough sell to be adapted for the screen. But then Brad Pitt got involved; add David Fincher and Ed Norton, throw Jim Uhls into the mix and you’ve got a modern classic.

Jim’s screenwriting credits include of course the modern classic “Fight Club” the feature-film “Jumper” the NBC television film “Semper Fi” and the SyFy miniseries “Spin“.

In this remarkable discussion, Jim Uhls breaks the first rule of Fight Club: He talks about it, working with David Fincher, why he hates outlines and why you should interview your characters. Step inside the mind of the man who figured out how to conquer Hollywood as he lays down knowledge bomb after knowledge bomb in this eye-opening interview.

Jim Uhls, Screenwriter, Fight Club, David Fincher, Tyler Durden, Screenplay, Screenwriter's Toolkit, Movie Script, How to Write a Screenplay

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Towards the end of the interview, Jim gives easily the GREATEST ADVICE ON HOW TO BECOME A WORKING SCREENWRITER I’VE EVER HEARD! This podcast is not to be missed.

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Learn How To Write A Screenplay with Jim Uhls

Screenwriting classes often either lean too heavily on theory or simply study the technical approach to writing without a greater context for its use, as if the act of screenwriting exists in a vacuum – it does not. In The Screenwriters Toolkit with Jim Uhls, you’ll learn both the nuts and bolts of the craft, as well as its relationship to getting your work read and ultimately produced.

In this class, he’ll share lessons from his extensive experience writing for Hollywood and the small screen. He’ll teach you how to develop better scripts, get traction for your projects, and navigate the complex professional landscape of script development. Click below.

You’ll learn about screenwriting form and content, including:

  • Vocabulary and formats
  • Dialogue vs silence
  • Adapting existing works for the screen
  • Genre-writing

Jim will also share essential insights on developing a career in screenwriting. You’ll learn:

  • The differences between writing for television and features
  • Who to work with: agents vs managers vs lawyers
  • How to obtain and manage projects of various sizes and contexts

The Screenwriters Toolkit is a comprehensive examination of screenwriting form, content, craft, and traffic. You’ll learn how to adapt your content to the size, genre, and desired professional results of the script while also learning about the best on-ramps for aspiring writers.


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BONUS: Check out this amazing interview with Jim Uhls from The Dialogue.

A landmark interview series that goes far beyond the typical Q & A to really get down and dirty with today’s top writing talent, The Dialogue: Learning from the Masters Series gives you an unprecedented look into the life of a working screenwriter. Jim’s interview is GREAT!

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4 Comments

  1. Orlando Vázquez on July 24, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Wow! That Jim’s approach on writing your first screenplay just blew my mind. I will definitely put that on practice.



  2. Jim Henson on August 1, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Yet another home run, Alex. Keep them coming. I loved the advice about hitting writer’s block. Good stuff. Keep things practical as much as possible.



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