Screenwriting Bootcamp

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Are you an aspiring writer? 

Do you have an idea for a video script? 

Do you already have a script, but want to improve it?

Screenwriting, also called scriptwriting, is the art and craft of writing scripts for videos, short and feature films, or television productions.  A writer can create a script that is based on an original idea, or they can create a script from a concept, true story, or an existing literary work, such as a novel, poem, play, comic book or short story, that they have the rights to adapt. A screenplay by itself is not a final product; it is used as a blueprint during the Video Production process by the Director to craft their vision for the story.

In this 4-Session Screenwriting Bootcamp, a particular topic will be covered at the beginning of each evening, such as: dramatic structure and script elements, writing dynamic action and strong dialogue, developing characters, the importance of rewrites and how to receive notes on your work, and how to craft a logline and pitch your idea. After that, the instructor will lead a discussion about the work that was submitted for review that week. Each participant will be required to provide written pages to ensure that notes received and given remain fair for everyone.

Short writing exercises will also be undertaken in order to develop writing skills, and an overview of other learning and community resources will be provided.

Although not mandatory, participants will be encouraged to bring in their own laptops in order to facilitate the writing process.  Participants should also submit a writing sample of their work (under 10 pages), by the registration deadline (Sept. 24).

4 weekday evenings: October 2, 3, 9, 10, 2019 (6-9pm each day)


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Workshop Dates
Wednesday October 2 2019, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Thursday October 3 2019, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Wednesday October 9 2019, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Thursday October 10 2019, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
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Nate Estabrooks is a graduate of the prestigious Norman Jewison Canadian Film Centre and member of the Director's Guild of Canada. Nate Estabrooks is a workshop instructor with a wide and practical film path to draw from. As a talented feature director, VFX artist and award-winning screenwriter, he is a founding member of Space Tigers Inc, a production pipeline offering VFX and post-production services and continues to develop his toolset through 360 videos, VR storytelling and computer-generated imagery.

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Screenwriting Bootcamp