Screenwriting: Writing the 10-minute Short

Sarah Zucker, Screenwriter

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7 Videos (1h 21m)
    • Trailer

      1:18
    • Three Act Structure & the Anatomy of a Short Film (8:06)

      7:57
    • Character Development (4:15)

      4:07
    • Writing a Treatment (3:04)

      2:56
    • Elements of Style for Screenwriting (2:33)

      2:24
    • Writing Visually (3:08)

      3:07
    • Rewriting and Seeking production

      59:18

About This Class

Short films are the ultimate calling card in the movie industry, and can be your ticket to an agent, a contract, and even (yes!) an Oscar. In this class, you will learn how to write the screenplay for a ten minute short film, which you can then use as a writing sample or to pursue production.

This class is for anyone wishing to learn the basics of screenwriting in a supportive space. Drawing from my own professional screenwriting experience, I'll teach you how to pitch, outline, write and workshop a 10-minute short film.

A Screenplay

This class covers:

  • The basics of storytelling: three-act structure and the clockwork of compelling stories
  • Elements of Style for screenwriting: how to format it on the page
  • The anatomy of a good short film
  • How to write a treatment, or synopsis, of your idea
  • Developing character: making it seem real
  • How to effectively process feedback without feeling dejected
  • Seeking production and professional advancement

How it will be taught

The course will be taught as a series of pre-recorded lecture videos that introduce the concepts and how-tos of storytelling and screenwriting.

Students are able to seek feedback from one another by uploading their work to the Project Gallery. 

Students will also have access to a Q&A forum where they can find answers to their questions, should they get stuck. 

Hope you enjoy! 

56 of 59 students recommendSee All

I understand this classroom is four years old, but darn! I wish I could have been able to follow along with the worksheets and additional resources (they used to be on a DropBox account that is no longer available to view). Overall I think this class was easy to follow along with. Although I couldn't follow along the way the class was intended to be, I was still able to get a lot of great notes out of it and now I feel like I will be more structured when writing out my short script.
This class has helped me feel a little more prepared to write a screen play. I appreciate the way the teacher broke it down in a way where I didn't feel overwhelmed by terminology.
Shes awesome. Straight to the good stuff without any fluff!
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Sarah Zucker

Screenwriter

Hello! My name is Sarah Zucker. I'm a screenwriter, filmmaker and visual artist based in Los Angeles. I'm a co-founder of The Current Sea, a design team that specializes in Animated GIF.

I am also a JEOPARDY! Champion.

Originally from Canton, OH, I earned a BA in Theater and Creative Writing for the Media from Northwestern University, and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU, where I was the recipient of the Venable Herndon Award for Excellence in Graduate Screenwriting.

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