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Making a Short Film 101 Part 2: Screenwriting

  • Georgia State University - Classroom South 107 (map)
  • 95 Decatur St
  • Atlanta, ga
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IT ALL STARTS & ENDS WITH THE STORY: DEEP-DIVE INTO THE CRUCIAL STORYTELLING ELEMENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL SHORT FILM  

The screenwriter is the specific person responsible for putting the words to the page that will tell the story. However, all of the lead creative roles on the short film – including the director and producer – are essential to the storytelling process. Takeaways from this class for filmmakers specializing in writing, directing or producing will include:

  • How to effectively brainstorm as a team ahead of the “pre-production” phase of a short film
  • Collaborative tactics to embrace valuable feedback from all sources and seek outside neutral validation on the soundness of the story’s structure, plot and characters 
  • Screenwriting tips on script formatting, structure and key elements to develop characters and a plot that quickly engage a short film audience 

Hand-outs and examples of supporting materials will be provided. As needed, the instructor will also make recommendations for outside reading resources.


Whether you’re a novice dreaming of making his first movie or an experienced filmmaker looking to jumpstart her next project, your next short film could very well be the calling card that begins to get you noticed at film festivals. Make sure you know what you’re doing before rolling camera on your next project by gaining the experience and developing the skills that can only be learned by working on the set of a production for which you’re entirely responsible. 

Led by former Screenwriting mentor Kathy Cabrera, this exclusive Atlanta Film Festival 365 lecture series will take place over the course of four classes between early October and mid-November 2013. 

Tickets for one or all of the classes in this series may be purchased through Eventbrite.  

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