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Writing a Short Film: Grades 9-12

A still from 'Flake' | Written and Directed by Cyrus Bezyan | Photo: Simon Taylor

Learn the art of writing a short film

Working with an experienced screen writer, learn the art of screenwriting through writing a short film – from initial conception through to the development of your story. This is an intensive and rewarding course if you’re interested in creative writing, writing for the screen or if you are developing screen content as part of your HSC studies. Your draft short film script will be read at the end of a course, with valuable feedback from your tutor.

This course is delivered 100% online, so you can participate in it from the comfort of your own home.

We acknowledge that it’s hard to sit still in front of a computer in a learning environment for 8 hours a day, so we’ll be “chunking the sessions” into shorter Zoom video sessions, and then students can go offline, get a drink/have a stretch and do some specific viewing and writing in their own time. Then they will resume the Zoom video session and share their work.

Engaging characters

Get the basics of structure and plot, and how to write visually.

Compelling storylines

Learn about the different types of short films, and where to find ideas and inspiration.

Screenplay layout

Discuss “what is story?” and how does it work in short form?

Is the Writing a Short Film: Grades 9-12 right for you?

This course is available to students who are in years 9 – 12, and have a real interest in the craft of screenwriting.

Students who are 16 years and over may also consider AFTRS’ Intro to Screenwriting course, which has less focus on the short film format, but does not include individual feedback on writing work.

Meet Your Tutors

Thomas Wilson-White

Thomas was accepted into the Bachelor of Film and Television Production at the Victorian College of the Arts at 17.…

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What you will need

This course is delivered 100% online via Zoom video.

You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with camera, sound and good internet connection, and a quiet place to participate. Headphones are recommended.

You’ll also need to download the free Celtex Script software.

Once enrolled we will send you further instructions.

You will also learn how to lay out your screenplay according to industry standards using Celtx (free screenwriting software). You will need to sign up to receive the free basic scriptwriting module, which you can do here.

For more information call 1300 223 877, or register for future offerings.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ** A signed consent form is required for all students under 18, otherwise they cannot participate in the course.

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with us via email that the course will be proceeding before you make your travel bookings. AFTRS is not liable for any travel costs incurred due to course postponement, cancellation, or any other circumstance.

If a attendee wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee.

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