How to Write a Short Film

Many screenwriters break into the industry by writing a short film for film festivals to showcase their work. Writing a short film is a great way to give an audience a glimpse at your ability to tell a story succinctly. Write a short film and get noticed.

From The Lens: Writing Action Lines

When a screenplay lands on my desk, I spend a lot of my time breaking it down, analyzing it as a whole, and analyzing the individual characters. As you may assume, a major part of my focus is on the action lines, because they give me visual cues I need in order...

Indievelopment: Making a Short Film – Which Script to Film?

By Jeff Richards A lot of writers are choosing to shoot their own short film scripts as a way to get their name out there. It’s cheap (relatively), it’s achievable (sometimes), and it’s fun (except when it isn’t.) But, if you’re anything like most screenwriters, you have ideas melting out of...

Short Circuit: Throwdown Lowdown on Screenwriting Exercises

Short screenplay job opportunities abound for a writer. If you spend any time on the many screenwriting sites out there InkTip, Mandy, The Screenwriting Goldmine, DDPro Job Announcements, etc., you’ll see a constant stream of postings from directors and producers looking for writers-for-hire. That sounds great – but what if you’ve never written on assignment...