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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. 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. In this rigorous class, students will learn the fundamentals of screenwriting while writing and preparing to direct a five-minute short film that they will then shoot in the Advanced Digital Filmmaking course. Along with examples from popular films, in-class exercises, and workshopping, students will receive coaching as they work through a script draft each week. Students also will begin the essential work of the director, including beginning preproduction for their scripts as they learn about and begin casting, locking locations, and preparing storyboards and shot lists for their scripts. It is strongly recommended that students take this course as the first in the Diploma in Digital Filmmaking.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A polished, ready-to-shoot short film script
  • A preproduction plan, including casting, location scouting, and storyboards/shot lists, customized for your short film
  • Familiarity with the proper formatting and conventions of screenwriting
  • An understanding of the role of the director in both preproduction and production
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.