Starts April 26
4 sessions: Wednesdays, April 26–May 17, 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: $235 regular/$175 member/$130 low-income
As 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, IFP MN may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund by PayPal or charge card credit (for phone or in person credit 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 course 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. 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. As of a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given.
- Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.