Creating Stronger Scenes and Set Pieces

Event Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018 || Speaker: Danny Manus  || Check-in: 12:30 pm ||

The unit of storytelling in film is the scene. This class reveals the elements necessary to crafting strong, dynamic, cinematic scenes and set pieces that will grab audiences, exploit your hook and progress your story. We’ll break down the structural parts of a scene, the questions you need to ask while writing your scenes, the different types of scene conflict, how to know when to start and end your scenes and transitions, how characters and scenes work hand in hand, and how to create set pieces that will sell your concept. See more details below:


**The deadline has passed and REGISTRATION is now CLOSED for this event. Please view our calendar for upcoming events.


More details:

Danny Manus is an in-demand script consultant and CEO of No BullScript Consulting (, and was ranked in the “Cream of the Crop” Script Consultants by Creative Screenwriting Magazine. He is the author of “No BS for Screenwriters: Advice from the Executive Perspective” and was also named one of Screencraft’s “25 People Screenwriters Should Follow on Twitter”.

His clients include finalists and winners of numerous prestigious contests including the ABC/Disney Fellowship, Austin Film Festival, PAGE Awards, Nashville Film Festival and Scriptapalooza. He has worked with over 1,200 writers and has consulted on produced projects including Strangerlands starring Nicole Kidman, I, Frankenstein starring Aaron Eckhart, and In-Lawfully Yours starring Marilu Henner. In 2017, he was also a Consulting Producer on the TV pilot Millennial Rules, starring Olivia D’Abo.

Danny has taught seminars and workshops across the country at Austin Film Festival, Producer’s Guild of America, NY Film Academy, LA Film School, Great American Pitchfest, Kansas City Film Festival, Screenwriting Expo, Florida Writer’s Conference, The World Series of Comedy, Santa Fe Screenwriting Conference, Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, Las Vegas Writers Conference, The Writers Store, Vancouver Pitchmart, Scriptwriters Network, Sherwood Oaks College, LA Valley College, etc., and to groups in LA, NY, Chicago, Dallas, Idaho, Iowa, Phoenix, Nebraska, etc. He’s also appeared as a guest on BBC Radio, Film Courage, and popular podcasts including Trigger Street’s Script Reporter, Sell Your Script, Write Hot, and On the Page.

Danny is also a screenwriter (hired for two writing assignments in 2016), and is currently a Development Consultant for Symerra Productions. He was previously the Director of Development for Clifford Werber Productions (A Cinderella Story) where he sold the family adventure project “To Oz” to United Artists, and was instrumental in developing numerous projects including Sydney White starring Amanda Bynes and Just Add Water, starring Dylan Walsh, Jonah Hill, Justin Long, Melissa McCarthy and Danny DeVito. Before launching No BullScript, Danny also worked as a script analyst for ScriptShark.

Danny was also a Development Consultant for Eclectic Pictures (Lovelace), which had a deal with Millennium Films, and the Director of Development for Sandstorm Films, formerly run by writer/director J.S. Cardone, which had a first look deal at Sony Screen Gems and a development deal with Top Cow Comics. He was instrumental in developing a number of films for the company including the #1 Box Office hit The Covenant, as well as 8MM2 and Sniper 3. Danny interned at Columbia Tri-Star in the Television Development department and at 20th Century Fox in Feature Casting.

Danny has taken over 3500 pitches, written over 250 articles on writing for numerous websites and publications including ScriptMag, and has been a judge for PAGE Awards six years running. Raised on Long Island, NY, in an amusingly dysfunctional household, Danny holds a B.S. degree in Television with a concentration in Screenwriting from Ithaca College. You can follow him on Twitter @Dannymanus



Join us on the Third Saturday every month at:

CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604


Free Parking — Enter the CBS* lot at the main gate & inform security you are there for the Scriptwriters Network event.

*You must RSVP by the deadline mentioned above in order to be on our RSVP list for Security clearance onto CBS’ lot. If you do not RSVP by the date above, you may not be allowed onto CBS’ lot.

You’ll be asked for your government issued photo ID, and then given directions to the meeting location. You may park in any available space on the lot, unless CBS’ Security directs you to park at a different area.

As this is a professional event, we ask that you please arrive prior to the event start time for networkin.


Meeting Timeframe: 1:00 pm to approximately 3:00 pm

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