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Short Films: Writing Your First Screenplay

Kasem Kharsa, Artist-Filmmaker

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11 Videos (1h 38m)
    • About this Class

    • 1: Screenplay Style and Format

    • 2: Screenwriting Tools

    • 3: Plot, Concept and Poetry

    • 4: First Stabs at the First Draft

    • 5: Giving and Getting Feedback

    • 6: Rewriting and Rethinking

    • 7: Conclusion

    • Appendix: Adobe Story Screencast

    • Bonus: Beginner's Mindset , a simpler 'Project' and Multiple Lives

    • Bonus: The Russian Doll Exercise


About This Class

This class is about the fundamentals of screenwriting, but tailored specifically to the canvas size and opportunities a short film offers. We'll cover the basics of screenwriting format and style and use examples of short films to discuss how we can use narrative, visual approach and poetry in our own films. Along the way you'll get advice on tools for writing your scripts, brainstorming and revising in order to leave with a screenplay that has received at least one round of feedback. 

The class is rather ambituous, but I've tried to make it easier with several resources: the video lessons, reading material, viewing list and of course a realistic class project. Remember the more you put into your class project and the projects of your fellow students (via feedback) the more you'll get out of the class and screenwriting in general. 

If you still have any questions or concerns feel free to send me an email

61 of 61 students recommendSee All

Great course! It really motivate me to start writing. Assignments and Project gets you fired up to research further. Instructor is kind and knowledgable. I liked also the section with the software tools.
Great class.
As a total newbie to screenwriting, I found this very helpful and you can feel that Kasem is really passionate and wanting to share all his knowledge with the students. Thanks a lot!





Kasem Kharsa


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I'm a visual artist and filmmaker. My preoccupations are with memory and narrative, the stories we tell ourselves. I've participated in several writing workshops and learning environments so I try to bring that experience into my own teaching.

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