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Writing and Directing the Short Film

Writing a short film requires the same skill set as writing a long-form script. They both require the same understanding of act structure, dialogue, dramatic conflict, character development, screenplay format, and visual storytelling. For short films, however, writers must accomplish the same storytelling in a condensed time. In this rigorous course, learn the fundamentals of screenwriting while writing a five-minute short film that is ready to shoot. Discuss examples from popular films, complete in-class exercises, and workshop your scripts. Each week, you will receive coaching as you work through a script draft. Also, you will be introduced to the essential work of the director, including casting, locking locations, and preparing storyboards and shot lists for your script. This course may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate in TV and Film Producing.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An overview of the basics of screenwriting
  • A polished, ready-to-shoot short film script

Ideal for

  • Those looking to try screenwriting and directing for the first time
  • All writers who want to explore the short form of screenwriting
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.