Learn the fundamentals of scriptwriting and work towards a long synopsis for your short film.

6 online sessions

Course Description
Before even the script, a good story built around compelling characters is the foundation of a successful short film. Designed for the aspiring short film-maker with little or no film or television experience, this online workshop by Wee Li Lin, one of Singapore’s foremost filmmakers, aims to dive deep into developing characters for short films.

Over the course of five highly interactive online sessions and an exclusive screening of the instructor’s works, participants will learn how complexities and circumstance combine to shape compelling multi-dimensional characters and how to map out their “problem” and ensuing trajectory or journey in the form of a long synopsis, a precursor to a script.

>In addition to this rare opportunity for even beginners to learn from a veteran filmmaker and highly experienced educator in Singapore, participants will also get to attend an exclusive screening of Li Lin’s short films and hear from her about her journey and growth as a filmmaker, and will have access to a private online community where they can share resources, ask questions, offer feedback, support each other and be in touch with Li Lin as they embark on their scriptwriting journeys together.

At the end of the workshop, which is intended to be the first of two parts, each participant will have a completed long synopsis of their short film and receive feedback from the instructor, which provides a solid foundation from which to write their script.

Workshop Fee

This workshop may be eligible for use of SkillsFuture Credit. We will provide more information upon registration.

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Next Dates

1. Thu 1 Jul
2. Thu 8 Jul
3. Thu 15 Jul [Screening of Wee Li Lin’s short films — starts at 7pm, end time may be earlier than 10pm] 4. Thu 22 Jul
5. Thu 29 Jul
One week break for participants to work further on their final deliverables.
6. Thu 12 Aug
All from 7pm to 10pm


• Introductions
• Building stories around compelling characters
• Cardinal steps in developing characters
• Protagonist(s) and antagonist(s)
• Discussion on characters and the problems they face
• Review a short film and discussion of visual thematics
• Screening of selected short films by Wee Li Lin
• Discussion and Q&A
• Presentations on protagonists and their problems
• Discussion of participants’ projects
• Structure and rising action in short films
• Presentation and review of participants’ long synopses

Pre-requisites: None

Technical requirements:
Please note this workshop will take place entirely online, in 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
  • Access to Facebook to join a private Facebook group for workshop participants to interact with each other.