Welcome to the Alternative to Film School.

Upcoming Classes: Movie Night & StoryMaker

The Coen Brother’s “The Big Lebowski” explained

THURS. OCT 16 – 8 PM

Eventbrite - The Coen Brother’s “The Big Lebowski” explained.

Come NETWORK for the first half hour and then see what makes the Dude…the Dude.


No Walter…you have not gone crazy because Peter Russell gives a great heap of shit about the rules…his rules. The rules of story telling. These rules are what make this movie such a great hit and a favorite in the hearts of many and guess what…

With Peter Russell’s help you get to learn how to use them!

Join us Thursday October 16th at 8:00pm. Network with your fellow story makers for the first 30 minutes and then witness history as Peter dissects the storytelling psyche of the Cohen Brothers for the benefit of aspiring storytellers.

Don’t miss the event! History seldom repeats itself.  Reserve your seat now!


The StoryMaker Process:  Outline Your Story in 90 Minutes

Sunday, Oct 19 – 11 AM – 2 PM

Eventbrite - The StoryMaker Process: Learn to Outline Your Story in 90 Minutes

Learn to write a complete story idea in under two hours using this simple and effective StoryMaker outlining process that will change the way you look at story forever. 

Bring your own idea, a notebook and get ready to unblock all obstacles to your finished outline. It doesn’t matter if you have just an idea, a series of scenes, or an entire three act beat sheet. The StoryMaker Process will help you identify: 

- How to make your character emotionally interesting and compellling. 

- What genre you are writing and WHY.

- What scenes absolutely MUST be in your story.

- Which characters you need to make your story work.

- How to find the highs and lows of your story.

- How to figure out what your story is REALLY about — ie. What’s your THEME.

- How to write an emotionally impactful ending that makes audiences FEEL closure.

This revolutionary way of writing works for any type of story: film, novels, webisodes, TV pilots, shorts — anything! Plus you’ll learn the power of non-linear storytelling as a way of unlocking your true potential.

We don’t teach this class very often but if you come, you will not be disappointed. Class includes a hand-out to help your continue your work after you leave.

Free Weekly Screenwriting Tips & Instant Access to the Video:
"The Top Reasons Readers Pass on a Screenplay"

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Learn from Experience


We have read over 5000 projects for Hollywood studios and independent producers, and we consult on studio projects for major producers.

Learn to Tell a Story


We teach you to develop ORIGINAL characters that connect to audiences, and to develop emotionally-driven stories that make for great movies.

Onsite and Online Classes


We offer a variety of courses throughout the year so you can study at our office or online. Our focus is on you and your learning experience.

What Our Students Are Saying


“The best teacher I have ever had (not only at UCLA, but yes, even compared to France).”
Vincent Blin, French filmmaker


“Peter is brilliant. The Einstein of teachers, if you will.”
Student, December, 2011

Check Out Our Classes

We are writers, teachers and story consultants with 14 years experience working with studios. From this experience, we have developed a great class list that focuses on many areas in the business.

We offer a large variety of classes, so be sure to check back often to see if we are offering one for you!