A Hands On Approach: Understanding The Christmas Movie

Adam Shepard
Manager of Development @ MarVista Entertainment
Thursdays 12/3 & 12/10 @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm PT

Sold Out - Waitlist Available

 It's that time of year again! The air is crisp and cold, evergreen wreaths and trees are fully decorated, and Christmas movies dominate the channels and streaming platforms. Sitting down with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and your favorite Christmas movies is an important part of the holiday season, but have you ever wanted to write a Christmas movie? What goes into it? What are the beats you need to hit? And what does the market for these movies look like? 

Grab that hot chocolate and your favorite comfy blanket before tuning in to this two week clinic to answer all this and more!

This 2-Week Clinic Will Cover: 

  • The structure of a Christmas movie 
  • Making it fresh
  • The marketplace 
  • Feedback on your 2 page synopsis
  • Live Q&A!
About Your Host

Adam Shepard is currently Manager of Development at MarVista Entertainment, an independent film/tv studio and worldwide distributor. Prior to joining MVE, Adam served as Director of Development & Production at Anima Sola Productions, where he oversaw series like BIG LOVE and GETTING ON as part of the company's overall deal with HBO.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation email that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email you will find a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to your syllabus, instructions for submitting material (if any), and the link to join the Live Class. Sessions are conducted via video conferencing software ZOOM. You will receive a link to the recording of the session via email following the live session.

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available for most multi-week classes. For 4-week programs, your balance will be due the second week of class. For longer programs, the balance will be broken up into 3 or 4 payments with the final payment due prior to the final week of class. Please note that you are responsible for the full price of the class even if you decide not to complete the program for any reason.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel for a full refund up to 72 hrs. prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this deadline will be ineligible for refunds.


If you have any questions at all about this class, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!

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