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Whether you have a story idea or not, this live 1-week online intensive will teach you the fundamentals of screenwriting, storytelling, and short film writing. By the end of the week, you'll have a polished draft of your short film script (3-5 pages), and the basic tools to make it come to life.

 

 

We are currently looking for beta students to take the intensive for free in exchange for feedback and testimonials. Please see below for details.

BETA CLASS
DETAILS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2022

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2022

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2022

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET

(ALL 3 DAYS)

 

ONLINE OVER ZOOM

 

In this 1-week FREE beta launch, you'll learn the fundamentals of short film writing and inspire your story. By the end of the week, you'll have a polished draft of your short film script and the basic tools to make it come to life.

  • Please note this is a FREE beta class of our Write Your Short intensive. In exchange for the free class, we ask that you provide us with your honest feedback and a testimonial that we can post on our website and use as marketing materials. 

  • The beta class of Write Your Short is a 1-week intensive

  • The beta class will be on October 18, 21 & 25, 2022 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET (all 3 days)

  • This intensive requires homework outside of class hours

  • Please note that you must be 18 years or older to participate in the class in case of strong language and mature subject matter

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BETA LAUNCH

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THE BETA CLASS BEGINS IN...

HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Through slides, exercises, videos, examples, timed writing exercises, and sharing your work, you will learn how to:

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WRITE A SCREENPLAY

Learn the art of visual storytelling, film and screenplay terms, script formatting, the key elements of a screenplay (scenes, action, dialog, etc), how to write a logline, and more!

GIVE & GET NOTES

Learn the art of giving and getting notes (feedback)

CRAFT A STORY

Learn the art of strong storytelling,  crafting a killer concept, creating captivating characters and gripping conflict, the importance of theme, the three-act story structure, and more!

FIND YOUR "WHY"

Explore your voice, mission, and your "why" as a screenwriter/storyteller

HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL GET

A POLISHED DRAFT

Taking everything you learned, plus instructor and student feedback on your script, you will have a polished draft of your short film by the end of the intensive (as long as you do the work!)

SUPPORT

From your facilitator and from your fellow writers as you learn, write, and discover yourself as a writer/storyteller

A PRODUCTION PLAN

In addition to learning the logistics of short films, you will learn the basics of pre-production, production, and post-production, plus receive a variety of tools to help bring your short film to life

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Upon successfully completing the Write Your Short intensive

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GET SAVING!

With your Script & Story course registration, you get 10% off our script coverage services!

INTENSIVE TIMELINE
LEARN

Learn the fundamentals of screenwriting, storytelling, and short film writing
LEARN & GET FEEDBACK
LEARN

Provide feedback, then learn some basic tools on how to bring your short film to life
DAY 1
DAY 2 & 3
DAY 4
WRITE

Write the first draft of your short film script outside of class
DAY 5 & 6
DAY 7
WRITE

Write the second draft of your short film script outside of class
Back in class, you will learn how to give and get notes then provide feedback to everyone's scripts
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED
LAPTOP, TABLET, OR PHONE

You will need a device that can access Zoom and provide writing software in order to participate in the class.

As the intensive will be delivered live via Zoom, you will need access to the platform in order to participate in the class. You can do so via your internet browser, or the app.

Note that you do not need a Zoom account in order to access the platform.

In order to participate in the writing exercises and take notes, you will need access to writing software such as Microsoft Word, Pages, Notes, or Google Docs.

 

You can also use a notebook if you prefer to hand-write notes and ideas, through we recommend using your device for the timed writing exercises as you'll be able to write more content.

WRITING SOFTWARE

In need of screenwriting software? Or an upgrade?

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MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
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Hi! I'm Mandi. I'm a WGC-eligible queer screenwriter, script consultant, award-winning director, story editor, and educator with a specialty in Pochinko clown. With now over 20 years of experience in the film industry, I'm currently contracted as a screenwriter for an LGBTQ+ feature with a Canadian production company, plus writing the short film version funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. I'm also the story editor for a dark comedy web series funded by Telefilm/WIDC, a script consultant for YN Films, plus worked as a script analyst for the 2022 Female Eye Film Festival.

 

Additionally, my LGBTQ+ mental health-focused feature script Feeling Unreal was shortlisted for the Sundance Development Track, was an Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition second rounder, and a ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship semifinalist. My LGBTQ+ YA fantasy/adventure feature Metagame was a quarterfinalist (top 3%) in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest and the ScreenCraft Sci-Fi & Fantasy Screenwriting Competition as well.

 

I’ve made over 12 short films, some of which will never see the light of day, but some of which that have gone on to play in film festivals and win awards. My short mockumentary The Fardy Brothers, which was created for the 48 Hour Film Project Toronto, won Audience Favorite (Group A) and screened at the Best of 48 Hour Short Films. It went on to screen at film festivals all around the world such as The Ontario International Film Festival, Canadian International Comedy Film Festival, SPLICE Film Fest, FilmJam, and the European Film Festival of which I won Best Director alongside my co-writer/co-director Kevin P. Gabel. While the pandemic put my shorts on hold, I took part in the Stuck At Home 48 Hour Film Project and created my first stop motion film Annie & Pepper that was an official selection at the Stockholm City Film Festival.

 

I'm also your instructor for Script & Story's The Fundamentals of Screenwriting & Storytelling, Write Your Short, and Writing Through Play. While the majority of my industry training through the years has been insightful and rewarding, the most beneficial, the most impactful training and opportunities were the ones that focused on the root of creation: play! 

 

Those opportunities included extensive Pochinko clown training at the University of Alberta with Jan Henderson, one of Canada's leading clown and mask teachers, as well as Virtual Playground: A Clown Class with Shannan Calcutt, The Making-Box, and the Second City Hollywood. (You can read my full Writing Through Play bio here!)

 

Additionally, I also give extensive script coverage to screenwriters. Noticing I would often give a lot of the same notes, especially to writers still navigating story and finding their voice, I became inspired to create Script & Story to provide aspiring and emerging screenwriters and storytellers with accessible training, and a safe, supportive space to start or continue their writing journey.

 

When I'm not writing scripts, giving coverage, editing stories, or creating my own content, I can be found rummaging for treasure in thrift stores, solving puzzles in escape rooms, smacking birdies at badminton, or throwing plastic spoons during screenings of The Room.

 

To learn more about me, you can check out my personal website, or my IMDb! 💗 🌻

Since we don't have testimonials for this specific class yet, here are some testimonials for Mandi's script coverage, as well as our one-of-a-kind intensive Writing Through Play:

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"Mandi is one of the best script coverage analysts I have had the pleasure of working with. Not only does she provide helpful notes in terms of structure, dialogue and character development but she also truly cares for her clients’ projects. Mandi’s reports are full of enthusiasm and passion while still balancing constructive criticism and thoughtful insight. I would recommend Mandi to any writer who is looking to work with someone with great ideas and skill in order to elevate their screenplay!"

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I found this was the exact class that I was looking for in order to gain some confidence in writing as well as finding the fun that I have loved in the past while writing.

 

Mandi leads the class in such an encouraging light while taking into the consideration of personal life struggles wholeheartedly allowing for the feelings of guilt that so often plague me (and I'm sure lots of writers) when the inability to get something done sinks me below sea level. I am overjoyed by the amount of writing I was able to achieve just DURING class while also letting me feel less weight on my daily writing.

 

I would recommend this class to anyone who may be feeling a bit down, or like they aren't good enough - because by the end of it you'll forget those thoughts even plagued you. Thanks Mandi!

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DON'T FORGET!

With your Script & Story course registration, you get 10% off our script coverage services!

 
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BETA LAUNCH

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How much screenwriting experience do you have?
How much storytelling experience do you have?
How much filmmaking experience do you have?
Do you agree to give honest feedback upon completion of the beta intensive through a Google Form?
Do you agree to give an honest written testimonial upon completion of the beta class and consent to Script & Story using it for marketing?
You must be 18 years or older to participate in the class in case of strong language and mature subject matter. Are you over the age of 18?
Do you consent to being seen in screenshots taken of the class for promotional materials?

If you do not consent, you will be asked directly to turn off your camera before any photos are taken. 

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