Filmmaking Class

• 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
• Finding Funding
• Effective Marketing
• Distribution Options

Class Structure: 9:00 am to 10 pm

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

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

Saturday Morning – practice and critique

Saturday Afternoon – Graduation

Evenings – Screenings with class discussions

Class Size: Limited to eight members

Meals: Provided

Price: $1,200

To Register Call Tahlia at (805) 383-2000


August 14-17, 2013



Neighborhood Church of Grenwich Village

269 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014

This is an intense and detailed class with lots of instruction, discussion, training exercises, and critiques. Students are challenged to do their best and have had kind things to say about the class:

“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 scriptwriting 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.


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.


Prof. K. Sarah-Jane Murray (PhD, Princeton) will teach in depth script and story. She is Associate Professor in the Honors College at Baylor University, where she teaches great books, medieval literature and manuscript studies, and story theory.