Superior Short Scripts

The Screenplay Workshop classroom

Learn how to write a short film script that truly has an impact in this special three class workshop. Upon completion of the course, participants will have will have a finished short film script.

At Class 1, we’ll view several award-winning short films and discuss what elements they have in common. We’ll then look at short film structure, and you’ll leave with our Four Essential Questions: four questions you need to know the answer to, in order to ensure your short film story has meaning and depth.

At Class 2, we’ll go through participants’ answers to the Four Essential Questions and make sure you’ve created a short film story that has the maximum effectiveness. Then we’ll look at screenplay formatting and how to write scene description and action that flows on the page the same way you want it to unfold on the screen.

In between Class 2 and Class 3, participants will submit either a short script draft (up to 12 pages long) or a scene to everyone else in class. Everyone will read and review all submitted scripts.

At Class 3, all participants and the instructor will critique all the submitted scripts and scenes using our highly effective “two way mirror” critique method. Participants will finish the workshop with clear feedback about what is working and what is not in their short scripts, and how to move forward to finish their script.

Access to free screenwriting software will be provided. Most writers prefer, however, using a pen and paper for the in-class writing exercise, although laptops are welcome in the classroom.

All programs at The Screenplay Workshop are taught by professional screenwriter and script consultant Jill Chamberlain and meet in our central Austin classrooms (near 38 St and Guadalupe). Early registration is encouraged.

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