over 14,000 members

free trainings for
screenwriters & filmmakers

with Ela Thier

Get the skills and support that you need to do the work that you’ll be remembered for.

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Coming Soon

FREE TRAINING FOR DIRECTORS & ACTORS: THE AUDITION PROCESS
(October 28-Nov 9, 2020)

Be guided through the self-tape audition process and receive individualized notes. Learn how to arrive at more powerful performances – by doing less.

FREE TRAINING: THE DIRECTOR/ACTOR COLLABORATION
(November 19-21, 2020)

Whether on set or in the rehearsal process: Directors will learn how to draw the best out of their actors. And (drum roll please…) actors will learn how to get the best out of their director.

what members receive

Trainings listed below are free

screenplay writing free online course

Say goodbye to writing blocks and hello to your next screenplay. Discover a fresh approach to story structure that excites rather than stunts the creative process. 

free online course, movie budget

Whether you have a million dollars or ten bucks, you can make a film you’re proud of. Budgets are a work of art in it of themselves and their impact is all over the screen.

free training, film directing

Film directing isn’t rocket science, so don’t be scared! Yet even experienced directors grossly underutilize the moving camera. This 1-hour training will prepare you to direct professionally and powerfully – with any budget.

free training, film directing

This training offers simple but shockingly powerful tools that lead to performances that steal hearts.

what else do members receive?

weekly love

Tip Tuesday, free trainings, online film school

On Tuesday of each week I write a short article, sharing what I know about screenwriting and filmmaking. It’s the stuff they don’t teach us in film school…

Below are a few appreciations from Tip Tuesday readers, among hundreds that I’ve received over the years. Scroll to the bottom of this page for more 🙂

Dija Henry

Inspiring, real, funny at times, and actually implementable.
– DIJA HENRY

Picture of Patrick Malone

I get a ton of emails every day, many I ignore, but I am always delighted when your Tip Tuesday shows up and I anxiously open it.
– PATRICK MALONE

Independent Film School free membership, testimonial, Molly Russin

I have paid subscriptions that are less valuable than your Tip Tuesdays …I always learn something new – even about subjects that I thought I knew a lot about.
– MOLLY RUSSIN

Independent Film School free membership, testimonial, George Wilson

Today’s tip was a deeply heartfelt message that I needed to hear, coming at just the right time. Thank you Ela.
– GEORGE WILSON

Independent Film School free membership, testimonial, Kathy Petrakis

Thank you for your Tip Tuesdays – I read them every week. Unlike other emails about screenwriting or filmmaking, your tips are about humans. I still have some tips that I keep especially near to read over again… to keep repeating to myself.
– KATHY PETRAKIS

there's more...?!

Yes. Lots more. But without the overwhelm. The 6-day screenwriting challenge requires just 10 minutes a day. The 6-day filmmaking challenge – also 10 minutes a day. Raffles; live events; past events that I can’t remember right now; future events that I haven’t come up with yet… One baby step at a time is how we reach our most ambitious goals.

Why is membership free?

Is there a catch?

I offer paid programs. But every free training is an in-depth and complete training in and of itself.

You are right to ask. And I’m all for transparency. So here goes:

I’m a teaching artist, and I offer paid programs as well. When I offer free trainings, I promote online courses for further study. My courses are bananas amazing, so I promote them with gusto. They’re the courses that I wish I had gotten to take. That said:

You have my signature guarantee that every free training is a complete, in-depth, and valuable training in and of itself.

No obnoxious infomercials that disrespect your time. That’s a guarantee that I’ve never ever compromised on, and never will.

If a paid course interests you, as a member you’ll receive a special, members-only rate. If it doesn’t – move on. More free resources are coming your way. Most of what I offer is free. By a long shot.

Any time you receive support – that's a win for everyone.

Besides the self-promoty component, my other win is knowing that these trainings will serve you, and I don’t say this to blow smoke.

Working in creative fields is crazy difficult, emotionally and economically.

If I can ease and improve your work  – that’s a win for both of us. Any time you receive support – that’s a win for everyone.

I believe in artists. The world desperately needs you, your creativity, your work. Societies organized around profits rather than human needs don’t support artists. My life will be richer – in the real sense of that word – knowing that I’ve helped you move.

Thank you for joining me. And thank you for finding the courage to live a creative life.

Ela Thier

Appreciations of Tip Tuesday

I write them down and often make the picture you send my wallpaper!
– KATYA SUBBOTINA

There are tips and techniques that I learned from you ten years ago that I still use daily.
– JIM SCHNEIDER

helpful info that I don’t get in my writing class. 
– ARRIANNA TATE

It has gotten me out of ruts.
– HASSAN OMAR

As always, your Tip Tuesday makes me feel like you’re reading my mind, actually my soul. Thank you for your ever-encouraging words.
– PAMELA MUÑOZ

They can be inspiring, good reminders, a quick pep talk and are encouraging.
– ESSJAY
 
Motivating and makes me feel like I am not alone.

– SALLY HASSAN

Tip Tuesday seems to work for me. I’m often inspired to get off email and get back to work. 
– MICHAEL VIEYRA

Topical and informative.
– CATERINA A. CAMPAGNA 

Thank you so much for Tip Tuesdays! …they really kick me in the butt to stop procrastinating and remember that I love writing!
– GILLIEN GOLL 

Educational, informative and always motivating and inspiring.
– IDEMUDIA OSAHON
 
They encourage me to keep fighting for my dream of being a filmmaker.
– JOEL BELCHER

All the information you provide is relevant. 
– EJAY JAMISON

They’re concise yet meaty and they leave me percolating with inspiration. 
– KARI MORRIS

I like the advice and your personal voice. It feels like getting an inspiring mail from a friend.
– JULIA VALENTINA

Thank you Ela. Your tips are always appreciated, always helpful, and always right on time. 
– MARTRESE MEACHUM 

Your Tip Tuesdays are something I look forward to each week!
– JULIE MCNAMARA

As a novice screenwriter and actress I find all of them useful. I gain insight on things I may have never considered.
– AYISHA HENRY

Interesting insights on the industry.
– WILL MALPARTIDA
 
The knowledge is so vast and widespread.
– GENE JONES
 

It feels like you’re the long lost friend (I never had) from my film school days. The encouraging words of your emails have awoken me from the heavy slumber of motherhood… Thanks for your tips, tricks and megaton of inspiration!
– SHEILA MORRIS

This [tip] really grabbed me and moved me! …As a registered nurse in isolation, I use Facebook as a means to promote healing, and you provided some powerful insights …Thank you more than I can express!
– RANDI SIMON-SEREY

You’re shining your light, and making it okay for others to shine theirs.
– DENISE GARZA

You know what you’re talking about and you get to the point.
– RUTH FOSTER

I appreciate your practical wealth of knowledge and sense of humor.
– DAWN YOUNG

Valuable information that may be difficult to find.
– LATOYA GLADNEY

They motivate the s#it out of me. Some days I just go back to reread them because I need a little sugar😊😊

– FAVOUR

I so look forward to your Tuesday Tips. You seem to read my mind. You often make me cry – which makes me happy! Better to feel than be a stone.
– ROSEMARY CADDEN

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