Filmmakers Labs

Tipstor’ Filmmaker Labs are open to all filmmakers, regardless of background, level of education, training or previous accomplishment. Students receive year-round support, including access to the Tipstor ForumScreenwriter’s Close-Up, and more.


Our Tipstor® Filmmakers ONLINE writing classes offer the same quality of instruction as our Lisbon classes, and, as much as possible, our Online classes replicate the experience of being together in a classroom. The classes take place in “real time.” and advance day-by-day, and certain things should be accomplished within that ten day time period.

You can take an Online writing class from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an Internet connection. The majority of our Online students are located in Portugal. but we also draw Students from practically every country in the world, which is part of what makes the Online classes so interesting.

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All of Tipstor® Filmmakers IN-PERSON writing classes take place in Lisbon. The Lisbon writing classes meet on a daily basis (with the exception of one-session classes. You interact with the same teacher and Students each time, forming a writing group that grows in camaraderie, session by session. No more than 10 writers are allowed in a Lisbon class, so that all students get personal attention.

While the majority of Lisbon Students live in or nearby Lisbon, you will also see Students from far and wide who are spending time in the area. This program frequently draws Students from all over the world.

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Would you like to work One-on-One with Marc Ford?

There is a time-honored tradition of writers giving each other advice on their work. It’s tough to catch a break in the Hollywood writing business. Editors, agents, and producers seldom grant you more than a first look, so you want your work to be in the best possible shape before sending it out into the world. Marc Ford can help strengthen your work and maximize your chances of success. And if your main goal is just to get better, he can help with that too.

Types of Online or In Person One-on-One writing service include: 

Show Bibles and Pitch Decks, Get Your Script Contest Ready, Script Doctoring, Script Doctoring for Television, Strategies for Getting Representation, Screenplay Coverage


Screenwriting Lab is a two-week workshop designed to provide individualized story and professional development for emerging screenwriters with a fiction feature screenplay.


Producing Lab is a two-week intensive workshop designed to help creative independent producers develop their skills.


Episodic Lab is a two-week workshop where Students gain the tools needed to revise and refine their pilots and navigate a changing industry landscape.


Documentary Lab is an in-depth, two-week program designed to help filmmakers who are currently in pre-production on their feature-length documentary films.