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Short-Form Screenwriting

Starts November 7

5 sessions: Wednesdays, November 7-December 12 (no class Nov 21), 6:30-9:30 pm

For writers and filmmakers, a short film can be an exciting way to tell a story, develop skills, and begin or advance their careers. And with the advent of the web series—which provides independent filmmakers the opportunity to tell longer, more complex stories in installments—there’s never been a better time to start writing your short or episodic script. But where to begin?

This course covers the fundamentals of screenwriting with a focus on short films and web series. Exploring formatting, story structure, dialogue, character development and more, we’ll take your idea from concept to shooting script. Along the way, we’ll tackle topics like:

  • Tools of the Trade: Choosing the right word processing or screenwriting software
  • How Long is a Short?: Exploring the right length for your idea
  • Not Just a Mini Movie: How a short works differently than a feature-length script
  • Character Traits: Creating believable, compelling people on the page
  • Say What?: Crafting dialogue that audiences (and actors) will love
  • Episode to Episode: Structuring and writing a multi-part web series
  • Writing is Rewriting: How to tell when your script is done

Students will develop their ideas and their own unique voice, receiving feedback and script notes along the way. By the end of the class, all participants will have not only a short screenplay well on its way to completion, but the skills to continue their work with confidence. No prior writing course experience necessary.

Tuition: $270 regular/$205 member/$155 low-income

Matt-Anderson-PicAs a writer, director, and actor, Matthew G. Anderson has been a part of the local film community for more than a decade. He has independently produced a number of short films and is the writer/director/editor of the award-winning web series Theater People, recently picked up for a fourth season.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full to be valid. Registrations are accepted beyond registration deadlines as long as space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 5 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund by PayPal (online registrations, minus PayPal fee) or credit/debit card (phone or in person credit/debit card registrations) within 5 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class if scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee (plus PayPal fee if applicable). For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee (plus PayPal fee if applicable). As of a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given.
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.
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November 7 @ 6:30 pm
December 12 @ 9:30 pm
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Matthew G. Anderson
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November 5, 2018
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5 sessions: Wednesdays, November 7-December 12 (no class Nov 21), 6:30-9:30 pm