Introduction to Screenwriting for Film

A course by Daniel Monedero
Screenwriter and Author. Madrid, Spain.
Joined November 2014
, Screenwriter and Author

Learn to write a professional screenplay for your next movie project, from the initial idea to its synopsis and characters

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (25)
  • 638 students

Learn to write a professional screenplay for your next movie project, from the initial idea to its synopsis and characters

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (25)
  • 638 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 29m)
  • 34 additional resources (15 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Have you ever seen a movie that made you laugh when you should have cried? Or the opposite? In this online course, screenwriter and author Daniel Monedero explains why those are his favorite kind and teaches you the secrets to writing a compelling screenplay.

According to Daniel, working on scripts for films like A mil kilómetros de la Navidad, released in over 50 countries on Netflix, has taught him how to build stories from the ground up, one piece at a time. Start with a few lines about a character and a conflict, develop a solid plot within an organized structure, and sprinkle in a few twists to bring your next movie project to life.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The stories
  • U3
    U3. The structure of the film
  • U4
    U4. Writing
  • U5
    U5. Style and sale brands
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Daniel Monedero opens the course by telling you about his multifaceted career as a writer, from producing screenplays for film and television to authoring short stories and children's books. He also shares the people who have greatly influenced his work.

Begin with an introduction to what a screenplay is, the essential parts, and common terminology. Then broaden your knowledge of structure and character design by studying a few prime examples in film.

Apply what you've learned to structure the plot of your story following the three-act model: the setup, the confrontation, and the resolution. Daniel guides you through writing each part, putting emphasis on key aspects such as a trigger, a midpoint, and two major plot twists.

Now turn your focus to developing narrative elements like the point of view, time, and place. Once everything is outlined, write a clear and concise synopsis with visual aids.

To wrap things up, Daniel shares some tricks on how to add a personal touch to your project and get it off the ground, including strategies for writing a full screenplay and selling your movie idea.

What is this course's project?

Write a professional screenplay draft for your own movie that includes the idea, the genre, a detailed plot synopsis, character outlines, and its distinctive qualities for further development or future sale.

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in screenwriting, whether as a hobby or a professional pursuit, for future sale to producers or platforms.

Requirements and materials

All you need is a pencil and paper, or a computer, and an interest in learning how to write a story for audiovisual media.


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Daniel Monedero

A course by Daniel Monedero

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Screenwriter and Author

Daniel Monedero began his career working on some of the most successful and long-running TV shows in Spain, such as Siete Vidas and Aída. Since then, he has also collaborated as a freelance screenwriter on other series, including Buscando el Norte and Pequeñas Coincidencias, and has written screenplays for films such as Perdiendo el Este and La pequeña Suiza. His most recent film, A mil kilómetros de la Navidad, was released in over 50 countries on Netflix in 2021, ranking among the top five most-watched movies on the platform globally that same year.

In addition to his screenplays, Daniel has written short story collections like Manual de jardinería (para gente sin jardín) and Volar a casa, and has published more than a dozen children's books, some of which, most notably Hipólito el Hipnotizador, have also been published in Mexico. When he's not writing, he shares his knowledge and expertise by teaching narrative and screenwriting workshops.


  • U1


    • About Us
    • Influences
  • U2

    The stories

    • Basic script tools
    • The film genres
    • How to watch a movie analytically
    • The idea
    • Characters
  • U3

    The structure of the film

    • First act: the approach
    • Second act: develop midpoint and second turn
    • Third act: climax and denouement
  • U4


    • Narrative elements: point of view, temporality and space
    • The plot synopsis
    • Visual references
  • U5

    Style and sale brands

    • Singularize a project: style marks
    • How to sell the project
  • FP

    Final project

    • "Introduction to Screenwriting for Film "

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Introduction to Screenwriting for Film. Writing course by Daniel Monedero

Introduction to Screenwriting for Film

A course by Daniel Monedero
Screenwriter and Author. Madrid, Spain.
Joined November 2014
  • 100% positive reviews (25)
  • 638 students