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Get Noticed by Hollywood: Write and Produce Your First Short Film

At a Glance

  • 3-week course to create a short film -- no experience necessary
  • Write a bulletproof script that stands out in the crowded short-film marketplace
  • Learn tools and tricks for sharper dialogue, powerful conflicts, and surprising twists

Get Noticed by Hollywood: Write and Produce Your First Short Film!

Spielberg.

Scorsese.

Lucas.

You.

Why not start your movie career the way every legendary writer/director did: by making a short film?

Take that burning idea you've always wanted to put on screen -- a bizarre situation, a crazy scene, or one über-memorable character -- and make it happen in 15 minutes or less.

In this course, we'll lay the groundwork for you you to make your own short film, often using equipment you already have (even an iPhone!). We'll especially emphasize the most important and often neglected component: the screenplay.

I'll walk you through the entire process, including:

  • developing the concept
  • creating a logline and treatment
  • outlining the story
  • writing concise action and unexpected dialogue
  • budgeting within your means
  • casting the film
  • directing fundamentals
  • entering contests and festivals

After just three weeks, you'll be ready (okay, at least much closer to ready) to write and produce your very first short film. Here's how it's going to go down:

Week 1: Conceiving the Script

  • Pick a topic, genre, theme, plot, and inciting incident
  • Understand short-form structure
  • Establish a powerful protagonist
  • Build off of a life-changing, "worst day" core conflict
  • Cover the basics of screenplay formatting, dialogue, subtext, and scenes

Week 2: Writing the Script

  • Learn how to give and receive constructive, useful critiques
  • Focus on the central conflict/the most unusual moment
  • Raise the stakes
  • Rewrite for maximum impact
  • Use table reads to hone the script

Week 3: Producing and Directing

  • Rehearse with actors
  • Use improvisation to improve your dialogue
  • What exactly does a producer do?
  • What are a director's responsibilities?
  • Overview of casting, scheduling, crewing up, shooting, and editing
  • Show your work to the world via film festivals and YouTube
  • The best books, links, competitions, and other resources

When

The webinar will take place over a span of three Saturdays:

June 29th, July 6th, July 13th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM PST

Product Details

  • Date available: 06/18/2013
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Timothy Cooper

Timothy Cooper is a filmmaker, playwright, comedy writer, and teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. As the founder of Blueprint Screenwriting Group, he's worked with hundreds of writers and companies worldwide to help them sell their scripts and tell their stories through TV and film.

He wrote and directed the web sitcom Concierge: The Series, starring comedians from Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Bridesmaids, Last Comic Standing, ...