Back to Basics: Mastering Feature Film Structure

Nat Topping
Story Editor
Amasia Entertainment

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Who here has seen a movie and thought to themselves “this movie feels like it’s a thousand hours long”? Or “oh no, they’re really going to repeat that again”? Or how about “where is this even going”? Chances are, all those feelings point to a problem with the film’s structure.

Just like your bones keep you sturdy and solid, a film’s structure holds the story together and keeps it moving forward. And understanding structure is a key skill every screenwriter should have in their arsenal.

This 90 Minute Webinar Will Cover:

  • What we mean when we talk about film structure
  • The three acts and length
  • How to make structure work for your story
  • Live Q&A!

Following the lecture, you will have the opportunity to send Nat a 1-2 pager on your project and schedule a time for your 10-min. call that will take place on Sunday 2/17 between 2pm - 4pm PST! Nat will discuss your synopsis and help you identify any areas of structural concern.

About Your Host

Nat Topping is originally from the Metro Detroit area. He later lived, worked, and performed sketch comedy in Chicago prior to moving to Los Angeles to pursue a MFA from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. He began working at Amasia Entertainment as an intern during his graduate school years and has since worked his way up to Story Editor.

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!

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