WRITE YOUR SHORT FILM SCRIPT!
Why are short film scripts a great way to learn one's craft as a screenwriter?
Because short film scripts are all about economical writing and making each second count, therefore they are challenging to get right. The lessons learnt while writing a short format piece are invaluable when starting out as a screenwriter and/or a writer-director.
Short film scripts can also be helpful for directors and/or writers-directors to showcase a feature film ("proof-of-concept" short films), which is what Damien Chazelle did to obtain funding for WHIPLASH.
This online 5-week Saturday morning workshop (maximum 8 participants) takes writers through the process of developing a full short film script (under 15 minutes).
The pre-requisite for this course is to bring an idea for a short film.
Who Should Take This Course?
The course is workshop-oriented. The assignments will be due no later than midnight the following Thursday. You will be expected to read at least three of the students’ work per week in order to give them notes in the class. In turn, you will benefit from the feedback and support of the tutor and peers to write your pages and revise them along the way.
WEEK 1 – Building the foundations.
During this session, you explore ten preliminary questions which you will use as stepping stones toward the development of your short film. The idea you brought to the class will be workshopped. During this session, we'll look into:
- What makes a great idea for a short film.
- Proof-of-concept shorts vs. stand-alone shorts.
- The importance of logline.
WEEK 2 – Plotting away
After week 1, you develop a logline and one-page treatment of your short film which you discuss in class. During this session, we will more closely into:
- Compressing the timeline.
- 3-act structure for short films.
- Sticking the landing.
WEEK 3 – Developing your characters
You turn your one-page treatment into a two-page treatment and receive feedback from peers and tutor with an emphasis on Character. We will explore:
- Archetypes, stereotypes and fully rounded characters.
- The arc of the protagonist.
- How characters and story message go hand-in-hand.
WEEK 4 – Visual Storytelling
In this class, you will workshop the 4-page step-outlines (beat-sheets) developed after Week 3. We will dig deeper into:
* The “Show, don’t tell” mantra.
* Evocative writing.
* Smooth transitions.
WEEK 5 – Writing Dialogue
You bring a first draft of your short film script to the class and workshop it. We will look into:
* How to avoid on-the-nose dialogue.
* The importance of verbal and non-verbal subtext.
* The script development process.
By the end of this course, you will have:
*We offer the concessionary rate to all Concessions as well as to members of these affiliated organisations. If you are a member of one of these organisations, please book at the concessionary rate and show your membership card to the course tutor at registration.
DATES & TIME
5 x Saturday morning sessions:
(With some prep work required, in-between dates)
The sessions will be run on Zoom. All attendees will be sent the Zoom login information upon registration.
EVENT CAPACITY: 8
Book your place early to avoid disappointment.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS
Email or phone: 07958 244656
Stéphanie is a writer-director. She runs Frenzy Films, a London-based production company which specialises in contained elevated genre films.
Originally from France, she began her career in story development at TF1 International and Canal Plus. She then worked as a story editor and screenwriter for French TV, creating among others a Sci-Fi animated series for Luc Besson’s Europa Corp: VALERIAN & LAURELINE.
After studying film at UCLA she wrote and directed her first feature film, THE QUIET HOUR, a sci-fi thriller starring Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass, Skins, Endeavour). THE QUIET HOUR premiered at Galway Film Fleadh, was nominated Best British Film at Raindance Film Festival, won Best Film at Kansas City Film Fest, showcased at Newport Beach, premiered on Sky Cinema in the UK in 2016 and sold to Amazon Prime in the U.S.
Stéphanie is now developing ICE, a grounded sci-fi thriller which was selected for the 2020 Filmarket's UK Online Pitchbox, Sofia Meeting, BiFan's NAFF Project Event and Frontieres co-production market at Fantasia. ICE has also made the Top 50 in the 2020 ISA Fast Track Fellowship competition and was a finalist of the 2020 ScreenCraft Sci-Fi & Fantasy Competition and Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Competition.
Stéphanie lectures on screenwriting at the London College of Communication, Central Film School and works as an industry mentor on the Raindance MA in Filmmaking with De Montfort University. She is an alumna of Berlinale Talent and IFP Emerging Narrative in NYC.