Screenwriting: Writing the Short Screenplay

Course tutor: Markus Kirschner
When: Thursdays 19:00-21:00
Date: September 29, 2022
Where: online
Number of sessions: 8
Maximum participants: 14
Cost: €230

The screenplay is the written blueprint for a film; it is the foundation on which the building of a film will be constructed. It is imperative then, that a screenplay be able to verbally express, succinctly and efficiently, what it hopes its audience will see on-screen.

WRITING THE SHORT SCREENPLAY uses in-class writing exercises, screenings, discussions of short films, as well as feedback sessions to help students craft short, narrative screenplays. The practical and theoretical tools students engage in this course will lay the groundwork for a range of creative writing, including, but not limited to, screenplays and teleplays. Our goal in this course will be to hone our craft as writers for visual media.

Participants can aim to have a finished short screenplay by the end of the eight weeks.

This class is apt for writers of all levels and genres.

Email hello@thereaderberlin.com to sign up!

MARKUS KIRSCHNER has spent the past 15 years working in all aspects of filmmaking.  As a screenwriter, Markus adapted Colum McCann’s DANCER for Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler’s Maven Pictures. He co-wrote the original script, BIG PLAY, with Yaron Zilberman (A LATE QUARTET, INCITEMENT) for Opening Night Productions. Most recently, Markus wrote HERSHEL for producers Rick Schwartz (BLACK SWAN, THE OTHERS) and Nikki Silver (THE GIVER) based on the life of Holocaust survivor, Hershel Fink. HERSHEL is currently in pre-production. Markus also directed and wrote the short film COMMUNION, starring Louisa Krause. COMMUNION won the Shorts Jury Prize at the CineVegas Film Festival and played at the AFI, Dallas, Palm Springs, Rhode Island and Bilbao International Film Festivals.

In addition to his writing and directing work, Markus has worked extensively as a production designer. Highlights include Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, Sundance Best Director Winners 3 BACKYARDS and PROJECT NIM, the Oscar-nominated WHAT HAPPENED MISS SIMONE? and Amber Tamblyn’s directoral debut, PAINT IT BLACK.

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