Cue Sound Test

Cue Sound Test

Cue Sound Test So you know I’ve been working on these video classes since, well maybe since before Jesus was born I do not know I am losing track of time here at this point but a long long long long time. Ahh! But! I think I have nailed sound and lighting (light a...
This Ain’t Legos

This Ain’t Legos

This Ain’t Legos I was talking to a writer in a lab, it was The Logline Lab and that’s a lab very much focused on what is driving story, for whom, and putting the pieces together for reps and a development executives and talent who, One, need to know there...
Movie Moments

Movie Moments

Movie Moments I was talking to a writer I was doing a consult with and he said that, talking to someone else industry, the thing that stood out to him in the conversation was they said, “This is a movie.” And I said, “They are exactly right. This is...
December Course & Consult Special!

December Course & Consult Special!

December Course & Consult Special! December 15 through December 31 2023 book a 2024 AFW 6 week master course and take $75 off. Yay! Use coupon code DEC2023 December 15 through December 31 2023 book a 2023 | 2024 consult with Max Adams and take $100 off. Yay! No...
And the Winners Are!

And the Winners Are!

And the Winners Are! OYEZ! WE HAVE WINNERS! YAY!   Congratulations to the winners of The Great AFW Logline Competition!   Alizabeth DyerHonkComedy Horror When a small town is besieged by a flock of murderous geese, an unlikely team of heroes must come...
THE GREAT AFW LOGLINE COMPETITION!

THE GREAT AFW LOGLINE COMPETITION!

THE GREAT AFW LOGLINE COMPETITION!   AND THE WINNERS ARE!   The Great AFW Logline Competition IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for the October 30 announcement of the winners! The Great AFW Logline Competition Yay!   WHAT YOU...
Genre!

Genre!

Genre! Genre is an odd animal that throws a lot of newer writers. It’s a classification that really is for all intents and purposes a marketing term. It’s how businesses tell a prospective customer who is looking for a story for entertainment and escape...
5150 Online International Screenwriting Workshop

5150 Online International Screenwriting Workshop

5150 The Online International Screenwriting Workshop 5150 the online international screenwriting workshop run by author and award winning screenwriter Max Adams has open seats. 5150 is a private online international screenwriting workshop run by screenwriter Max...
Write Like a Pro if You Want to Be a Pro

Write Like a Pro if You Want to Be a Pro

Write Like a Pro if You Want to Be a Pro Author and award winning screenwriter Max Adams talks about screenwriting — and about some of the more than bad advice you are going to get out there on the internet....
EYCCP STUDENT SHORTS SHOWCASE!

EYCCP STUDENT SHORTS SHOWCASE!

EYCCP STUDENT SHORTS SHOWCASE! Check out the very cool trailer for Elevator, a short written by my student Laila Royster. Yay!   https://theafw.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Elevator-Trailer-EYCCP-Square-Video.mp4   Elevator will be showing at the Sept 27...
Screenwriting Labs are Back!

Screenwriting Labs are Back!

Screenwriting Labs are Back! Online Saturday screenwriting labs are back! Oyez. Online Zoom screenwriting labs with yours truly, author and award winning screenwriter Max Adams, are back in September. Yay! These are Saturday Zoom labs. The first is The Logline Lab....
Dialogue Prompts are a Device of the Devil

Dialogue Prompts are a Device of the Devil

Dialogue Prompts are a Device of the Devil Dialogue prompts are a device of the Devil — Okay maybe that is hyperbole. It’s unlikely dialogue prompts are big in antisocial alternative religion ceremonies. Also I hear the Devil is a smooth talker probably he does...
LAB: THE PACING LAB

LAB: THE PACING LAB

LAB: THE PACING LAB A Two Hour Lab with Screenwriter Max Adams:   LAB SUBJECT: The Pacing Lab LAB DATES: TBA LAB TIME: *this is a new lab, email to be placed on the waiting list  LAB FEE: $59.00 || LAB LOCATION: The is an online Zoom lab Schedule: FIRST HOUR: 45...
RUN DINO RUN!

RUN DINO RUN!

Ohyez. Even at the AFW, we sometimes need distractions. Run Dino Run! *use the space bar and arrow keys to jump, and...
GIFTS!

GIFTS!

GIFTS! Zoom Screenwriting labs with screenwriter & author Max Adams The Logline Zoom Lab With Max Adams The LookBook Zoom Lab With Max Adams REDEEM YOUR LAB OR CLASS GIFT Name Email Address Who gifted you the lab or class? Which lab or class (and lab or class date...
LAB: THE LOOKBOOK LAB

LAB: THE LOOKBOOK LAB

LAB: THE LOOKBOOK LAB A Two Hour Lab with Screenwriter Max Adams:   LAB SUBJECT: The Lookbook LAB DATES: 10.07.23 LAB TIME: 8 PM EST LAB FEE: $59.00 || LAB LOCATION: The is an online Zoom lab   :::SIGN UP FOR OCTOBER 7 LAB::: Schedule: FIRST HOUR: 45 Minute...
THE SCREENWRITER’S LOOKBOOK

THE SCREENWRITER’S LOOKBOOK

THE SCREENWRITER’S LOOKBOOK The key word in “lookbook” is “look.” For an artist (“artist” means you, writers) that means something someone may look at that conveys a sense of the film. Imagery, tone, big story moments that will be powerful on a screen — the...
It’s The Concept, Stupid

It’s The Concept, Stupid

It’s The Concept, Stupid “Most aspiring screenwriters simply don’t spend enough time choosing their concept. It’s by far the most common mistake I see in spec scripts. The writer has lost the race right from the gate. Months — sometimes years — are lost trying...
Passive VOICE

Passive VOICE

Passive VOICE PASSIVE VOICE — I get into trouble sometimes with students. I will tell a student something doesn’t work. The student will say, “Gotcha.” I will think all is well — Till the next time I see the student’s writing and the student will still be doing what I...
HIGH CONCEPT WRITING: THE CRICHTON MODEL

HIGH CONCEPT WRITING: THE CRICHTON MODEL

HIGH CONCEPT WRITING: THE CRICHTON MODEL HIGH CONCEPT WRITING: THE CRICHTON MODEL   If there is one writer who regularly nailed high concept [and did it over and over again] it was Michael Crichton. Crichton was one of the first writers to write a story about a...
The Logline; Or, Contortions of the Modern Day Screenwriter

The Logline; Or, Contortions of the Modern Day Screenwriter

The Logline; Or, Contortions of the Modern Day Screenwriter THE LOGLINE; OR, CONTORTIONS OF THE MODERN DAY SCREENWRITER   So I am talking to my students about pitching.  And I’m talking about pulling information for a short one liner describing story. And someone...
A Rose by Any Other Name

A Rose by Any Other Name

A Rose by Any Other Name A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME —   One of my most consistent comments on scripts is, I have difficulty differentiating between characters because characters have similar names. Listen. Character names have jobs. One job is to create an...
One Script

One Script

One Script ONE SCRIPT — At the AEB one year anniversary bash I was a guest speaker (thank you for inviting me AEB I had a great time) and there was a question and answer session after the talk and one question stands out to me. A woman said she got advice to write a...
Talking Heads

Talking Heads

Talking Heads TALKING HEADS — Talking heads is a term that, as I was told in the film school trenches, relates back to the early days of television when news was delivered by a solitary news announcer sitting behind a desk reading news reports to the camera off a...
LAB: THE LOGLINE LAB

LAB: THE LOGLINE LAB

LAB: THE LOGLINE LAB A Two Hour Lab with Screenwriter Max Adams:   LAB SUBJECT: The LoglineLAB DATES: 11.04.23 || 12.02.23LAB TIME: 7 PM ESTLAB FEE: $59.00 ||LAB LOCATION: The is an online Zoom lab :::REGISTER FOR THE NOV 4 LAB::: :::REGISTER FOR THE DEC 2 LAB:::...