Learn the fundamentals of scriptwriting and work towards a short film script.

6 online sessions 

Course Description
A good story and script are the foundation of all successful films. Designed for the beginner screenwriter with little or no film or television experience, this workshop aims to build a solid foundation in screenwriting through a blend of lectures and writing exercises.

Taking the short film as a starting point, participants will learn about crafting their stories and ideas into screenplays with interesting characters and compelling plots. Participants will learn the fundamentals of the 3-act narrative structure, visual storytelling, and how to craft dialogue and characters for the screen. The learning experience is enhanced by online critique and discussion of writing exercises, in between class sessions. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have a completed first draft for a short film (up to 10 pages).

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Workshop Fee

This workshop is eligible for use of SkillsFuture Credit.

Ivan Tan (View Profile)
Jaclyn Chan (View Profile)

Next Dates

1. Mon 16 Aug
2. Mon 23 Aug
3. Mon 30 Aug
4. Mon 6 Sep
5. Mon 13 Sep
6. Mon 20 Sep
All from 11am to 1.30pm (online, via Zoom)
1. Sat 4 Sep
2. Sat 11 Sep
3. Sat 18 Sep
4. Sat 25 Sep
5. Sat 2 Oct
6. Sat 9 Oct
All from 11am to 1.30pm (online, via Zoom)

Course Overview

• What makes a good script
• Structure and elements of a screenplay
• Beats, outlines, treatments, synopses and loglines
• Reviewing short film clips
• Pitching exercise
• Set-up, exposition and backstory
• Themes • Visual storytelling
• Setting and character
• Reviewing films
• Plot developments, escalating conflict, stakes
• Writing compelling characters, dialogue and subtext
• Story and character arcs
• Set ups/pay offs, causality
• Sequences
• Pacing, rhythm
• Climax
• Resolution, denouement, deus ex machina
• How to rewrite, generate new ideas and receive critique
• Exercises to improve writing

Pre-requisites: None

Technical requirements:
Please note this workshop will take place entirely onlinein English, and will be delivered via Zoom. Participants will require:

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Stable internet access
  • A device with audio and video capabilities (it is recommended to access the course materials from a laptop / desktop / tablet rather than a smartphone in order to view the course content, including images, more clearly)
  • Zoom