Kasem Kharsa




Short Films: Finding Your Character

Project Update: my class is finished and available: http://skl.sh/2bcJj1m


Milestones 1 & 2:

Background: So this'll be my 2nd screenwriting class on Skillshare. My first - Short Films: Writing Your First Screenplay - has been a modest success so far and it gave me a better sense of what I can teach in future classes. I noticed I have a lot of beginners - and I wanted to address their experience level and trepidation with a 'stepping-stone' class that would help them begin writing narrative short films with an exercise. 

Class Idea: This would be a considerably shorter and more specific class centered on an exercise I've tried with some students called 'The Russian Doll Exercise'. The exercise allows the student to flesh out their character and find relationships between that character's past, present and future. The class can't cover all the intricacies and complexities of character development, but I think this will be a good way for writers to get a better handle of who they want to portray and how they want to do that cinematically. 

Project: To deliver a screenplay of three scenes, three moments of a fictional character's life. These scenes could simply be snapshots, with little drama; the point is to convey to the reader a sense of who that person is/was at that age. 

Even though the goal of this proposed class is to help beginners, I think the project-exercise would help any screenwriter. 

My questions/concerns: I don't know if it helps or hurts me to make it a screenwriting class and that the project has to be formatted accordingly. Would it be better if it was simply a creative prose class to maximize the potential audience size?

I'm also still struggling with titles for the class, something that communicates it's a 'class in a series' and that we'll be focusing on one specific aspect, here are my ideas so far, let me know what you think:

  • Short Films: Dive Into Character
  • Short Films: Finding Your Character
  • Dive Into Character: The Russian Doll Exercise


Milestone #3:  my Class Outline so far


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