Learn the fundamentals of scriptwriting and work towards a short film script.
6 online sessions
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).
This workshop is eligible for use of SkillsFuture Credit.
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2. Sun 28 Feb
3. Sun 7 Mar
4. Sun 14 Mar
5. Sun 21 Mar
6. Sun 28 Mar
All from 1pm to 3.30pm (online, via Zoom)
Course Overview Pre-requisites: None Technical requirements:
• Structure and elements of a screenplay
• Beats, outlines, treatments, synopses and loglines
• Reviewing short film clips
• Pitching exercise
• Themes • Visual storytelling
• Setting and character
• Reviewing films
• Writing compelling characters, dialogue and subtext
• Story and character arcs
• Pacing, rhythm
• Resolution, denouement, deus ex machina
• Exercises to improve writing
Please note this workshop will take place entirely online, in English, and will be delivered via Zoom. Participants will require: