free training sessions 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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Free your characters from boring outlines and let them write your script for you. Discover a fresh approach to story structure that encourages rather than stunts the creative process.
Training is free and online. Join the Independent Film School to receive your invite and choose a time slot.
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.
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.
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.
This training offers simple but shockingly powerful tools that lead to performances that steal hearts.
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 🙂
Inspiring, real, funny at times, and actually implementable.
– DIJA HENRY
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
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
Today’s tip was a deeply heartfelt message that I needed to hear, coming at just the right time. Thank you Ela.
– GEORGE WILSON
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
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.
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 course interests you: I also send my subscribers deep discounts and promotional rates on paid programs. If it doesn’t – move on. More free resources are coming your way. Most of what I offer is free. By a long shot.
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.
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
– 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
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
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
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