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How to Write and Make Award-Winning Short Films


Short films are the calling cards of the film industry. You can make them for as little or as much as your budget can allow — but first you need a great concept, a tight story, a character or two the audience wants to follow (note: we didn’t say “like.”)If you get it right, a short film can propel you into a feature, a TV show or a great partnership with a producer. You can travel to Toronto, Sundance and Cannes with priority access passes. You can get meetings and be known as the next hot talent. That’s IF you get it right.  We WANT YOU TO GET IT RIGHT! Peter Russell, a long-time judge at the HollyShorts Film Festival , is taking HMW’s expertise as sought-after story developers and script doctors and applying our wisdom to the short film. He will show you several short films and breakdown the conventions of each.

  • – Breakdown the “long” short and the “short” short
  • – How to have character arcs.
  • – How to create surprise.
  • – How to get the most drama out of a simple idea.

You will understand how to write one, how to make one and how to break out of the pack by shining your brilliance in the RIGHT WAY.  If you have made a short film or if you want to make one — this is the class you’ve been waiting for.

Course Material Availability: 12 months access from your date of purchase.


Course Curriculum

INTRODUCTION: How to Write and Make an Award-Winning Short 00:16:00
How to Write and Make an Award-Winning Short -Class 2 00:26:00
Class 3: PATTERNS of the Hit ACTION SHORT 00:26:00
Class 4 : BMOC 00:28:00
Class 5: PATTERN 00:22:00
How to Write and Make an Award-Winning Short – Class 6 00:24:00
Class 7: Eight Kinds of Comedy Shorts 00:17:00
  • $59.95
  • 12 months

About Peter Russell Movie&TV Script Doctor

Think of me as a writer, teacher and story consultant with over 15 years experience working with studios. From this experience, I have developed a great class list that focuses on many areas in the business. Peter Russell Script Doctor offers a large variety of classes, so be sure to check back often to see if there is an offering for you. Find Out More...