Writing for Film, Television & Games

 

Online Certificate Courses

 

Evolve your skills. Get direct experience in screenwriting.

Every great film, television show, or video game starts with a great script. In our online certificate courses, you will get direct experience in screenwriting and be challenged to bring your creative ideas to life.

We welcome enthusiasts, high school students, mature students, and anyone looking to make a career change. When you finish an online certificate course at Vancouver Film School, you will receive a digital certificate of completion confirming your experience.

Regular rate:

Screenwriting Fundamentals: $750
TV Spec 1 & 2: $950 $475 each (introductory offer)

Workshop Duration:

7-week course, every Thursday, 1–3 p.m. PST

Location:

Online

 

**Students must confirm they are at least 16 years old at the beginning of the workshop in order to register.

**Please note that courses may be cancelled at any time due to low enrolment. Upon cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund.

Screenwriting Fundamentals (online)

The Screenwriting Fundamentals course will teach you the concepts of story, structure, character, and theme, and how these elements are essential to the creation of your plot.

You will also work on two homework assignments where you will create short film scenarios and present them to the class. Finally, you will learn how to write dialogue and effective scene descriptions for your screenplay, the blueprint that must convey all that is necessary for a film to become reality.

By the end of the program, you will have created a complete short film script.

Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

  • Understand the fundamental knowledge of screenwriting: story, structure, character, and theme.
  • Gain confidence as screenwriters.
  • Create a complete short film script.

Requirements:

  • Paper, pen, pencil, and notepad
  • Computer, microphone, and camera (optional)
  • Stable Internet connection

 

*Students must confirm they are 16 years or older at the beginning of the workshop in order to register.

 

Every Thursday, August 13 to September 24, 2020 – **Sorry, this workshop is now full.**

Don't miss out when the next workshop becomes available. Save your spot by joining the wait list today!

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Writing a TV Spec Episode: Part 1 (online)

In the Writing a TV Spec Episode: Part 1 online course, you will learn the art and craft of coming up with an idea, pitching it, creating a beat sheet, and crafting an outline of an episode for a current television show of your choice.

You will learn what makes a successful TV spec script, and how concepts, character voicing, and story arcs are all essential components to writing a TV spec.

By the end of the course, you will have concepted and developed a complete outline for an episode of a current TV show.

Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

  • Gain confidence as a screenwriter.
  • Create characters and a story that enables you to write a spec episode of an ongoing TV program.
  • Write a full outline for a spec episode of an existing TV program.

Requirements:

  • Paper, pen, pencil, and notepad
  • Computer, microphone & camera (optional)
  • Stable Internet connection

 

*Students must confirm they are 16 years or older at the beginning of the workshop in order to register.

 

Every Thursday, August 6 to September 17, 2020 – **Sorry, this workshop is now full.**

Don't miss out when the next workshop becomes available. Save your spot by joining the wait list today!

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Writing a TV Spec Episode: Part 2 (online)

In the Writing a TV Spec Episode: Part 2 online course, you will take the outline you created in Part 1 and start writing your first draft of the episode.

In each live production session, you will review, edit and improve on the draft of the episode you have created, as well as discuss essential components of writing a script.

By the end of the course, you will have written a full-length script for an episode of a current TV show.

Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

  • Work on and edit a prologue and draft of a TV spec episode.
  • Write a complete spec episode for an existing TV program.

Requirements:

  • Completion of Writing a TV Spec: Part 1 course
  • Paper, pen, pencil, and notepad
  • Computer, microphone & camera (optional)
  • Stable Internet connection

 

*Students must confirm they are 16 years or older at the beginning of the workshop in order to register.

 

Every Thursday, September 24 to November 5, 2020 – **ONLINE workshop**

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Brian Casilio

Instructor

Brian has worked in script development in the film industry for the past 25 years as an independent screenwriter, story editor, script analyst, and screenwriting instructor.  He has contributed his expertise to such films as Hanna, Wrecked, and A Simple Curve, and he has provided script coverage on more than 1,000 projects for clients like Telefilm Canada, BC Film, and Superchannel.

 
 

Rudy Thauberger

Instructor

Rudy Thauberger has written feature screenplays, short films and teleplays, most notably the feature films, The Rhino Brothers and Chicago Heights. He has published short fiction and game design articles and been shortlisted four times in the 3 Day Novel Contest. He worked as a story editor on several short films and features, including the award-winning short film, Dead Hearts. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.

 
 

Richard Drew

Instructor

Beginning as an assistant director, Rick Drew worked on such films as Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, the original Superman, and Robert Altman's, Buffalo Bill And The Indians.

In addition to his teaching career with the Vancouver Film School, he has written five produced films and over one hundred episodes on television for such series as MacGyver, Goosebumps, Twilight Zone, PSI Factor, Lonesome Dove, and Road to Avonlea, for which his episode, 'Incident at Vernon River' won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program. He is currently developing a six-episode miniseries for the CBC network and an Irish/Canadian co-production feature film.