Developing Your Short Film

FILM TV X 476.243

Learn the development process for short films with a focus on developing a short film treatment. At the end of the course you will have honed your idea and have a final short script or treatment ready for shooting.

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Winter
Spring
Summer
In-Person
Remote
Starting at $745.00
As few as 11 weeks
4.0

What you can learn.

  • Learn basics of story structure and how the specific storytelling elements, such as theme, plot, characters, and dialogue work in synergy toward the goal of an effective short story
  • Explore topics including setting up a theme that serves the story, character development, creating realistic dialogue, and planning the scenes with a limited budget in mind
  • Experience lectures and exercises illustrated with film clips and readings emphasize the role of story, creating original characters and developing plot points for different genres of films
  • Experience lectures and exercises illustrated with film clips and readings emphasize the role of story, creating original characters and developing plot points for different genres of films
  • Submit your work-in-progress throughout the quarter for evaluation and feedback by the instructor and the class

About this course:

Learn the development process as it relates to short films with the focus on developing a short film treatment, first draft, and second draft. You gain an understanding of the basics of story structure and how the specific storytelling elements—theme, plot, characters, and dialogue—work in synergy toward the goal of an effective short story. Topics include character development, creating realistic dialogue, discovering what you are driven to say through your story’s theme, and planning the scenes with a limited budget in mind. Lectures and exercises illustrated with film clips and readings emphasize the role of story, creating original characters and developing plot points for different genres of films. You submit your work-in-progress throughout the quarter for evaluation and feedback by the instructor and the class. At the end of the course, you have honed your idea and have a final short script or treatment ready for shooting.

Winter 2023 Schedule

Date & Time
Details
Format
 
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Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
Available
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Instructor: Josh Yunis
390035
Fee:
$745.00
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Location: Remote Classroom
ENROLL BY: Jan 10, 2023
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Notes

Internet access required. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 23, 2023
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Lecture
Tue Jan 10, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Remote Learning
Lecture
Tue Jan 17, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Remote Learning
Lecture
Tue Jan 24, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Remote Learning
Lecture
Tue Jan 31, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Remote Learning
Lecture
Tue Feb 7, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Remote Learning
Lecture
Tue Feb 14, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Remote Learning
Lecture
Tue Feb 21, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Remote Learning
Lecture
Tue Feb 28, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Remote Learning
Lecture
Tue Mar 7, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Remote Learning
Lecture
Tue Mar 14, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Remote Learning
Lecture
Tue Mar 21, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Remote Learning
-
Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
Available
See Details
390023
Fee:
$745.00
In-Personformat icon
Location: Remote Classroom , UCLA
ENROLL BY: Jan 10, 2023
See Details
Notes

Internet access required. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 23, 2023
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Lecture
Tue Jan 10, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A66
Lecture
Tue Jan 17, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A66
Lecture
Tue Jan 24, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A66
Lecture
Tue Jan 31, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A66
Lecture
Tue Feb 7, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A66
Lecture
Tue Feb 14, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A66
Lecture
Tue Feb 21, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A66
Lecture
Tue Feb 28, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A66
Lecture
Tue Mar 7, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A66
Lecture
Tue Mar 14, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A66
Discussion
Tue Mar 21, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom

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