Story Design For Short Films
May 3, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
About the Course
This is a rare opportunity to study with one of the world's foremost masters of the short film: Richard Raskin. This one-off evening is your chance to learn some of the most exciting theories about short film writing and to develop your own skills, both through listening to Richard Raskin's theories and through watching short films to see how they work for yourself.
Who is it for?
This course is ideal for both writers just starting on short film work and more experienced screenwriters. Beginners will take away a rounded understanding of how to approach penning short films, and veteran writers could see writing in a whole new light.
What will I get?
Unlike sequential models, which focus on a series of steps a story is presumed to pass through as it unfolds, Richard Raskin's approach is based on the view that short film storytelling can best be described in terms of opposing properties that balance one another in a dynamic interplay.
Seven forms of interplay or balance will be proposed, each illustrated by a short film which will be shown in its entirety.
By the end of the course, students ought to be able to:
- Use Richard Raskin's model as a set of guidelines during script development for short fiction films.
- Use the model as a way of understanding how the best short fiction films tell their stories.
- Have a clearer understanding of how to begin, write and finish their short film idea.