Fundamentals of Screenwriting: Write & Produce Your Own Short Film or Digital Series


Event Details

Tuesday October 1, 2019 6:30 pm
Writers Guild of America, East
250 Hudson Street, Suite 700, NYC


The Writers Guild of America, East invites you to attend

The Fundamentals of Screenwriting, Part 4:
Write & Produce Your Own Short Film or Digital Series

Create a memorable calling card—an essential component of a filmmaker’s repertoire that’s one of the hardest types of screenwriting to get right!

Some of the topics and techniques we’ll cover include:

  • Stand out from the crowded marketplace with a unique hook
  • Grab the audience in the first 10 seconds
  • Showcase your voice, style, and idea quickly and economically
  • How a short film or digital pilot’s structure is fundamentally different from longer forms
  • Examples of great shorts/webseries that led to industry success for their creators
  • Create instantly recognizable characters with strong POVs
  • Budget, cast, crew up, and shoot using the resources you already have
  • Demonstrate the viability of a larger feature/series concept
  • Show your vision to the world in the most universally accessible, budget-friendly way possible

…and a whole lot more. Hope to see you there!

Timothy Michael Cooper is an award-winning filmmaker, comedy writer, and script consultant. He wrote and directed the Writers Guild Award-nominated Concierge: The Series, starring Kate McKinnon. His short comedy Lemon premiered at Tribeca, played at dozens of international festivals and on United Airlines, and is currently in development as a sitcom. Plus, he’s been part of the writers’ room for the Writers Guild Awards for the past six years, writing monologue jokes and sketches for numerous hosts/presenters.

Through his company, Blueprint Screenwriting Group, he’s taught hundreds of writers. His clients and students have sold their scripts to major studios; staffed on multiple network and cable TV shows; screened/won at SXSW, Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, etc.; and got their movies and shows made across the globe.

Timothy is a proud member of the WGAE, the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective Writers’ Workshop, the Hollywood Radio & Television Society, and the WGAE Softball Team.


About The Fundamentals of Screenwriting Series

The Fundamentals of Screenwriting with Timothy Michael Cooper is a new WGA East seminar series. This series aims to live up to its name – to teach the fundamentals for screenwriters that need a refresher or journalists looking to learn for the first time. The next topics we will cover in this series are:

  1. TV vs. Film Requirements on Monday, November 4
  2. Pitching 101 on Monday, December 2
  3. I’ve Finished a Draft—Now What
  4. Gatekeepers & Festivals
  5. The Short Film


RSVP Cancellation Policy
Three-Strike Rule

We understand that unplanned issues can come up and you may need to cancel your attendance at an event. If that happens, you must provide adequate notice of your cancellation or else you will incur a late-cancellation penalty.

For evening events, you must cancel your reservation by 9:00am on the day of the event to avoid a penalty.

For mid-day events, unless otherwise specified, you must cancel with at least 24 hours’ notice to avoid a penalty.

Cancellations must be made by email; phone cancellations will not be accepted.

After missing three screenings without sending a cancellation notice to within the defined window, you will be notified that you have been placed on a three-month hiatus from attending WGAE screenings. Please note that is your responsibility to track your reservations and strikes. You will only be notified upon your third and final strike that you have been placed on hiatus. Our priority is ensuring that our programming is robustly attended and accessible to all members. We hope this policy will enable us to better serve the needs of all members.

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