New online classes start October 7th!

Online classes to teach you essential pitching and storytelling methods which they failed to teach you in college, expensive lectures, and studio writing programs.

After a decade of speaking with countless producers and executives along with reading hundreds of scripts for staffing or script-doctoring, it’s come to my attention that even with the hundreds of thousands of dollars that people are spending on university degrees, film schools and extension programs, no one is teaching writing from an industry standpoint. Academics have a place, but working writers know there are necessary elements to pilot scripts, pitches and most of all they know how to make yourself invaluable in a room.

I’ll share with you what I’ve learned over my career working with networks, producers, showrunners, and other writers and teach you how to apply this knowledge to your show idea. Learn effective logline writing, quick exercises to deepen your characters, simple methods of creating a bullet proof structure, a few tricks of the trade, and get a deeper insight into the process and the marketplace. In the end, you’ll come away with a better understanding of what it takes to stand out among the pack, and have the material in hand to move forward.

Each class will be limited to 6 writers so enough time can be spent helping you get your project to where you want it to be.

To learn more, click here!

8 Comments

    • September 28, 2018
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    This is such a cool idea! I can’t wait for the classes to begin!!

    • September 30, 2018
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    I got a private read and consultation with Ethan and it was incredibly helpful. He helped me pinpoint areas where I could go deeper into characters. He is also incredibly knowledgable about what network execs look for and how to shape a script to get it to point where you can start pitching your idea.

    He is also great to work with, his suggestions and approach is very clear and he works with what you want to do/your vision.

    • October 2, 2018
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    I can’t recommend Ethan enough. I recently took his Pitch Perfect class and not only do I now have a pitch document to send out, I also have a much better pilot script and story. I had my pilot more or less ready to go and was mostly just interested in getting tips on pitching (which I did get, by the way) but Ethan not only helped me build my pitch document but his process also allowed me to focus the emotional beats of my story as well as strengthen character relationships in ways I hadn’t discovered yet.

    So often I have taken classes where I end up feeling like I got very little out of it. With Ethan’s class, I got more than I bargained for. If you’re looking for insight into the television writing world and guidance with actual experience to back it up, check out Ethan Banville.

    • October 2, 2018
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    I took Ethan’s “Pitch Perfect” class and cannot recommend it enough! It’s easily one of the best investments in my writing career I’ve made.

    He provided a methodical approach for taking an idea and building it into a bullet-proof pitch document. For me, this was a crucial first step in creating an original pilot. Ethan’s class armed me with a deep knowledge of my characters and world, and I feel way more confident now breaking ground on an outline & script (and pitching my show, of course).

    Aside from the excellent personal feedback and attention he provides, the weekly assignments kept me accountable and on-task.

    I cannot overstate how practical Ethan’s lessons are. I’ve worked in writers rooms for nearly a decade, but his knowledge on subjects like: how to pitch/present in a room full of execs, what sells and what doesn’t, what to focus on in a pitch document, what to elaborate on and what to omit — they’re all things I wish I learned years ago!

    I found the class so useful that I’m signing up for the next round (“Beat It”).

    • October 4, 2018
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    As sometimes/often/usually happens, I realized the pilot I was writing wasn’t quite coming together and I needed a fresh set of eyes. So I decided to take a chance on Ethan Banville. I signed up for his BEAT IT CLASS, which met online. There were four students in the class, including myself. This ended up being a perfect number, since during the two hour session we each got thirty minutes to discuss our projects with Ethan one-on-one. Ethan would then assign homework, and we’d go over what we accomplished the following week. I opted for a weekend class, though I did have two scheduling issues. I mentioned these conflicts to Ethan before signing up and he said he would offer make up sessions. (This is what ultimately convinced me to take the class! Angelenos are busy!) The first time I was absent, I sent Ethan the homework via email and after he reviewed it, we scheduled a time to talk. We ended up talking for about 45 minutes. The second time, Ethan had a busy week, so he reviewed the homework I sent and we talked through a series of emails. This was also great, and I was happy for the time he took to connect with me outside class. Ethan ended up being the fresh set of eyes I needed. He has a great way of taking your idea and pitching it back to you with a slight tweak that makes it work. I made so much headway with my pilot… Overall, I’m glad I took the class because I’d pretty much gone through my writer’s group and all my normal note givers and was still struggling with this pilot. Now, I’m finally at the stage where I think it’ll work and I’ll have a script in my hands sooner rather than later. I would take another class from him again!

    • October 8, 2018
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    I recently took Ethan’s Pitch Perfect class, and would highly recommend it if you’re ready to step out with your pilot and/or movie.

    Ethan laid out the elements of the pitch, then walked us through every step of the way, leaving us with a complete Pitch Document at the end of the class.

    And the weekly classes were great for keeping a deadline and moving along, all the while thinking of your pilot, characters, and structure. Ethan was always there to help with struggles and always had a alternate pitch for an idea (if wanted) to get the creative juices flowing.

    • October 9, 2018
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    I recently took Ethan’s Pitch Perfect class and I’m so glad I did. Each week we had assignments and exercises that helped me get to the heart of the story. I can get bogged down in detail and Ethan helped me cut through the extraneous stuff. By the end of the class, I had a working pitch doc assembled and a rough road map for the series. I’m excited to apply the techniques I learned to my other projects and in upcoming pitches. I really feel his class was worth the investment. For the amount of personal attention I and my classmates received, it was money well spent and I intend to take more of Ethan’s classes.

    • October 10, 2018
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    I signed up for Ethan’s BEAT IT. class because I had come to a crossroads on a project that I had been working on for the better part of two years. Needless to say, my project needed reviving and BEAT IT! helped me get over the proverbial hump.

    Ethan has a strong command for story and a knack for pitching ideas that are in line with the writers’ creative vision. BEAT IT! was structured like a mini writers’ room with in-class exercises to get our creative juices flowing and weekly assignments to help us flush out our ideas, so that we can move our stories forward.

    However, Ethan’s “superpowers” extend beyond helping writers craft compelling stories. Ethan is a patient and caring instructor, who knows how to get the most out of his students. Thanks, Ethan!!! I look forward to working with you again in the near future.

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