Writing Your First Short Screenplay

Kasem Kharsa, Artist-Filmmaker

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

    • Screenplay Style and Format

    • Screenwriting Tools

    • Plot, Concept and Poetry

    • First Stabs at the First Draft

    • Giving and Getting Feedback

    • Rewriting and Rethinking

    • Conclusion

    • Appendix: Adobe Story Screencast

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

    • Bonus: The Russian Doll Exercise

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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

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I've ended today the main course of this class and I've already written some sort of screenplays in school but I've never written a whole screenplay and start directing it, but at the end of March end a competition of horror shorts, I think I'm gonna start today or tomorrow, I don't know if I will finish it in time but this class made me comprehend that I need to try so apart from that ty you a lot, I've loved this course and sorry for my bad English but is not my main language :P
Great for those who have never made so much as an attempt at writing and magnificent for those who have thought about it, maybe tried and convinced themselves to give up. This class is a great place to simply start.





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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