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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.

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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 for the first time
  • All writers who want to explore the short form
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