Writing the Short Film: The Fundamentals of Screenwriting
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 is one of the best ways to learn screenwriting 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 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 for the first time
- All writers who want to explore the short form