How To Learn Screenwriting Without School by Peter Dukes

Film Courage: How did you learn to write a feature-length script?

Peter Dukes, Writer/Director: I never went to any master programs. I never went to any film programs that specifically taught me my craft. As I mentioned CU [University of Colorado Boulder] was more about film theory and various things like that. It didn’t really teach me in great depth what you need to do as a director or writer. I had to learn all of that on my own. Whether I did it right or wrong, who’s to say? But for me as I alluded to before, I just wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote. Through all of that writing, through all of those years you start to find your own voice. When I wasn’t writing I was reading…again great scripts, different kinds of scripts (the more types the better). Different styles…you never want to get attached to…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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Peter Dukes is a prolific multi-award winning writer, director and producer who’s films have been distributed the world over. He founded Dream Seekers Productions in the early 2000’s and, after making a name for himself in the world of short form content with well over a dozen films such as Little Reaper, The Beast, The New World, Sweet Madness, A Goblins’s Tale and more, he rocketed into the feature world with Escape Room (2017), a horror film starring Skeet Ulrich (Scream, Riverdale) and Sean Young (Blade Runner, The Alienist), that screened theatrically across the world, opened up as the number one DVD/streamed movie in the UK and enjoyed a nationwide release in the US through Redbox and VOD. He followed that up with Portal (2018), starring Heather Langenkamp (of A Nightmare On Elm Street fame), Ryan Merriman (The Ring 2, Final Destination 3), Jamie Tisdale (The Devil’s Candy, From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series), Najarra Townsend (Contracted 1 & 2) and Reinaldo Zavarce (Jane The Virgin, Don Quixote). Known for being proactive in his approach to filmmaking, Peter has several more features in development.


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