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© Copyright 2012 You Can Be A Hollywood Writer
Movie Studios And TV Networks Won't Take You Seriously
Unless Your Script Is Perfect.
Learn What Books Won’t Teach You: TECHNIQUES, SKILLS, AND THE INSIDE TIPS YOU’LL NEED TO WRITE SUCCESSFULLY FOR TELEVISION AND MOVIES—TAUGHT BY AN INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL WITH 25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE.
Your instructor, Jeff Schimmel, has written and produced many TV shows and feature films for major Hollywood studios and networks, as well as A-list talent including Oscar winning stars.
I’ve wasted literally thousands of dollars and hours on screenwriting books, script contests, and pitch workshops, and got absolutely nowhere. Two days with Jeff showed me what I was doing wrong, and taught me how to do it right.
Writer, Los Angeles
Jeff Schimmel became a writer purely by accident, beginning his 25 year career by selling an idea for a Cold War spy thriller to a Hollywood production company while still in law school. After earning his doctorate degree, Jeff teamed with Rodney Dangerfield and Harold Ramis to write the full-length Warner Brothers animated movie, Rover Dangerfield. This led to a script assignment for Orion Pictures, and his first TV writing job on the top ten ABC sitcom, Full House.
After writing and producing a series of short films called The Schimmel Papers for Fox TV’s The Sunday Comics, Jeff became a writer on the groundbreaking sketch comedy series In Living Color, worked on the fledgling WB Network’s first sitcom, then served as a producer on the last NBC special starring the legendary Bob Hope.
Soon after, Jeff sold a World War II film project based on a true life story to Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks Studios, wrote the comedy feature “True Blue” for Oscar winner Martin Landau’s Pentagon Pictures at MGM/UA, and performed script consulting services on numerous TV and film projects. Over the years, Jeff has also written and/or produced several hour and half-hour comedy specials for HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, and first run syndication – and has appeared on camera in many of them. More recently, Jeff spent three seasons as Supervising Producer and writer on Comedy Central’s controversial Mind of Mencia, has served as a TV comedy guest lecturer at L.A.’s Screenwriting Expo, contributed to the NBC/Pax TV game show Balderdash, and is now involved in the development of several reality TV projects.
In addition, Jeff worked extensively with radio industry giants Clear Channel, Radio One, and Emmis Communications as creator and Executive Producer of many top rated radio morning shows around the country.
Since 1985, Jeff has written and produced for TV and film stars such as Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, Bob Hope, Harold Ramis, Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, Rodney Dangerfield, George Lopez, Robin Williams, Tracy Morgan, Bob Saget, Peter Boyle, Damon Wayans, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, David Alan Grier, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tim Meadows, Gene Simmons, Ken Jeong, Keenen Wayans, David Steinberg, John Stamos, Martin Landau, Kevin Pollak, Busta Rhymes, Cheech Marin, Carlos Mencia, and Jeff’s brother, late comedian Robert Schimmel. Jeff is also a very popular guest lecturer at colleges and universities, film schools, and writers groups is several cities.
Jeff is one of the funniest writers I’ve ever known. Whether writing sketches, sitcoms, or screenplays, Jeff is a rare master of both comedy and structure. You won’t find a more talented or experienced teacher in the game.
In Living Color, Scary Movie,
Not Another Teen Movie, For Your Love
Jeff’s seminar is fact filled, fun, truthful, and crucial for anyone who aspires to write any genre of TV or film. My advice: Take the seminar – if you can spare two days and a little money to acquire the tools necessary to achieve your dreams.
I always believed that I could learn enough on my own to become a successful screenwriter. I went into this seminar with plenty of skepticism, ready to demand a refund if I got even the slightest impression that he was regurgitating a “how-to” book. Truth is, Jeff was an inexhaustible resource, and answered questions I didn’t even know I should be asking.
I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Jeff Schimmel during the writing, development and production processes in television. He’s a writing technician of the highest order, and I’m honored to have worked with him.
ABC, FOX, & NBC
I loved your seminar, Jeff. It amazes me just how hard you work to get us to believe in ourselves! This seminar is loaded with enough valuable insight to simultaneously exhaust, exhilarate, and motivate writers everywhere.
In my 25 year career, I’ve worked with great writer/producers, but few have risen to Jeff’s caliber. He grasps structure, character and comedy better than most. More important, he writes with passion, style and professionalism rarely seen in our business.
The X-Files, Young Blades
I was beyond stuck, suffering from a writer’s block I just couldn’t see my way out of. One short conversation with Jeff not only destroyed the obstacle, but his “How To Kill Procrastination” lesson continues to keep me out of trouble.
Of all the people I’ve met in the business, Jeff is one of the few who really knows comedy, story and the entertainment business itself. Everything he teaches, he’s lived. He’s an invaluable resource of information.
The George Carlin Show, Saved By The Bell
It’s obvious that: (1) You know your stuff, (2) You want your students to succeed, and (3) You don’t pull any punches. That’s what makes this seminar so unique and worthwhile.
Writing an excellent screenplay is hard enough. But until I took your course, I never realized how many mistakes can be made just trying to get it into the right hands! Now I know, one wrong move, and you might as well throw your script in the garbage.
Writer New York
Thank you for an amazing amount of practical, real world advice. I learned so much that I can apply right away.
Words cannot describe the value of this intense seminar. From the incredible detail to the fantastic stories to the complete encouragement that our dreams really are achievable, you will walk away with the knowledge and skills you need to make it as a TV or film writer.
Your outlining method got me so hyped, I started structuring my story on the way home. That alone is worth the money, believe me.
I’ve attended other writing workshops, but none have been as insightful or inspiring as Jeff’s. I can’t believe the amount of priceless inside information I picked up about the ‘business’ side of the entertainment industry. Tips I’ve never heard mentioned in any other screenwriting class, the kind of tips that can make the difference between getting a job or not.
Jeff Schimmel has been a source of consistently great comedy writing for me. His work is original and fresh. He always delivers!
Def Comedy Jam, The Bernie Mac Show,
Roc, Hill Street Blues
In a word, wow! This was the best workshop I’ve taken. Ever. My head is spinning, my brain’s on fire, and I’ve got writer’s cramp from trying to keep up with the amazing, useful, authentic, non-stop information presented. Talk about a rich, fast, furious, exciting weekend! I’ll follow you anywhere, Jeff!
If you have the opportunity to learn from Jeff, an experienced, talented, veteran—take it! Don’t kill yourself trying to launch a writing career without the inside knowledge and expertise he is willing to share.
Writer/Stand-Up Comic Los Angeles
Jeff Schimmel is a director’s writer/producer. He leads with creativity, grace and humor.
Real Time with Bill Maher,
Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Mind of Mencia
Jeff is a strong writer. His skill and mirthful sense of humor is right there on the page.
Crash, Weeds, Everybody Hates Chris
I learned more in two days with Jeff than in an entire semester at film school.
I teach screenwriting at a local college and I was skeptical about how much I could actually learn from a workshop like this. I have to admit – your workshop far exceeded my expectations.
I thought I knew how to pitch my ideas. Well, I didn’t.
Writer New York
Honestly, your cure for procrastination could not have been explained better by anyone – including a psychiatrist. I know I’ll get more work done now.
I loved this class. I said it would be my last, because I’ve been burned and bored before. I learned so much about structure and story, and Jeff’s examples from films I’ve already seen made it as clear as can be. I would definitely come back again.
Writer New York
I’m completely blown away, and fatigued from taking in so much info. You are superb, and your seminar is totally worth the price! Thanks for making it affordable.
Jeff got me so fired up. His lesson on defeating procrastination really spoke to me, and I’m truly inspired.
The bad news is that I have to toss my screenplay in the dumpster and start over. The good news is that now I know it belongs there – and how to make sure the next draft doesn’t.
Writer New York
Reading about character development is boring. Watching Jeff breathe life into a character is great entertainment!
Writer New York
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