“How to Succeed in Hollywood” Master-Class


This is an intense, comprehensive master-class on making movies that glorify God, minister in profound ways to audiences and make money. While profit is not the primary reason for making a movie it is vital if we wish to redeem the media and see many more uplifting movies and programs produced.

This seminar is not for those with a casual interest. We have chosen to offer one comprehensive, unified four-day event rather than multiple seminars on the many aspects of scriptwriting, marketing and distribution. Some of our students come from around the world and do not wish to make multiple trips for multiple seminars.

We limit class size to eight to provide more personal instruction and interaction. We want to be able to answer the important questions students have about how they can improve as filmmakers.

Our desire is to change the world by equipping you to make world-changing movies.

In this four-day master-class you will learn:


• Premise

• The 3 Acts

• Story Beats

• Character Arcs

• Using Subtext

• Scene Construction

• Drawing Emotion

• Creating Suspense

• Building Empathy

• Providing Entertainment Value


• Protecting Rights

• Understanding Contracts

• Financing

• Pre-Production

• Production

• Effective Marketing

• Distribution Options

Class Structure: 9:00 am to 10 pm

Thursday – Foundations and 12 Steps to Communicating Effectively, with practice and critique

Friday/Saturday – Step-by-Step Instruction, with practice and critique

Sunday Morning – practice and critique

Sunday Afternoon – Graduation and Celebration at the Baehr’s house

Evenings – Screenings with class discussions


The seminar will include two sessions with talks and discussions with experienced Hollywood professionals.


Class Size: Limited to eight members

Meals: Provided

Price: $1,500

To Register eMail Celeste at celeste@movieguide.org


Next Session:

August 30th – September 2nd.

at the Movieguide® Office

4073 Mission Oaks Blvd, Camarillo, CA 93012


This is an intense and detailed class with lots of instruction, discussion, training exercises, and critiques. Students are challenged to do their best and always come away with lots of new information. Here’s what some previous attendees have said:

“I believed I could write a good script just by having a compelling story and characters, but this class showed me with instruction, examples and screenings how to build a script the professional way with a premise, acts and structure. The lesson on subtext alone is worth the price of the class. I can’t wait to use what I’ve learned to turn my work into something much more entertaining and marketable.”

 “The existence of a filmmaking class from a Christian perspective is absolutely amazing. Furthermore, your experience, knowledge and passion is beyond what secular screenwriting classes would have to offer. And your ability to keep your family in the ministry and their talent level makes the whole dynamic unique.”

“Your overview, meeting talented instructors, and the review of what it takes to come up with a great screenplay helped put in perspective how much work is needed – the 10% inspiration, 90% perspiration concept. . .”

“I learnt more yesterday in your class than I’ve learnt in the past 20 years!! It was fabulous!! I can’t wait to see what happens today!!”


Please Read HOW TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD (WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SOUL) before you come to the class.


Assignments include:

Describe the entertainment value your intended audience is seeking.

Propose an effective premise.

Develop the premise into a treatment.

Develop characters with solid bone structure.

Develop a point of attack.

Prepare a powerful short script.


Instructors: DR. TED BAEHR

Dr. Baehr is the son of Bob “Tex” Allen, a movie and Broadway star. He packaged the finance for five movies. Ted was president of the organization that produced The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe for CBS-TV in 1980, boasting 37 million viewers and winning an Emmy Award. Baehr also has produced hundreds of programs for PBS television. After founding the Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry and Movieguide®, he has spent the last 28 years analyzing movies and scripts from a biblical perspective and creating an annual Report to the Entertainment Industry presented at the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala featuring the $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV. His knowledge of what does well at the box office and why is unparalleled for anyone promoting the production of clean, uplifting movies and television programs. He was literally brought up learning the art of filmmaking.

More than just an instructor, Dr. Baehr actively works with well-known industry leaders promoting wholesome entertainment. Winning scripts entered in the $50,000 Kairos Prize competition for first-time and beginning screenwriters (presented at the Movieguide® Awards) are read by many major industry executives. Several of the winning scripts are now being produced.