Words Are Action: An Introduction To Writing For The Screen
In this 8-week course, participants will learn the essentials of screenplay craft—story, structure, plot, character, conflict, and theme—and apply to a project they wish to develop. How is screenplay structure? What’s a plot point? Is writing for television or the web different than writing for film? Hey, how can I get this script into the hands of producers? Each week a different element of craft will be examined, discussed, and even attempted. Much like a writer’s room, participants will be encouraged to share their works in progress, whether they wish to receive constructive feedback or just enjoy the rush of sharing new words.
You probably remember Jason Long as Cowboy #3 from the 1982 Silver Springs Elementary School Production of Round Up On The Moon. Jason has been writing for film and theatre in Canada for close to twenty years now. He’s written three feature films alongside frequent collaborator, Robert Cuffley, Turning Paige, Walk All Over Me, and Chokeslam, which was part of the Canadian Film Centre’s Comedy Exchange Program in 2015 and premiered in the fall of 2016. Chokeslam received 4 Rosie Awards, including best screenplay. His latest feature length screenplay, Ice Blue, premiered at the 2017 Calgary International Film Festival. In addition to story editing on many Alberta based film and television projects, Jason is the screenwriting instructor in the film and video department at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He is also an actor, having played various creeps and weirdos on shows/films such as Wyonna Earp and Young Drunk Punk.