Writing and Directing the Short Film
Writing a short film requires the same skill set as writing a long-form script. Writing for both feature-length and short films requires 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 powerful storytelling in a condensed amount of time. Thus, learning to write a short film, as well as to direct it, is one of the best ways to learn screenwriting and filmmaking as a whole—with the added benefit that an entire script can be completed and polished during a semester. Along with examples from popular films, in-class exercises, and workshopping, receive coaching as you work through a script draft each week. The practical approach of the class is designed to give otherwise busy people the guidance needed to learn the fundamentals of screenwriting, to complete a solid short film script, and to start planning how to film and direct it. Past student work has appeared at the Toronto International Film Festival’s TIFF Kids Festival.
You'll Walk Away with
- An overview of the basics of screenwriting
- A polished, ready-to-shoot short film script
- Those looking to try screenwriting and directing for the first time
- All writers who want to explore the short form