Screenwriting

develop your script

Class Description

Got a screenplay you’re itching to write? Take this opportunity to develop your short or feature film script or one-hour teleplay in an intense but supportive workshop setting. This class will focus on crafting the concept and structure of your story, and will provide feedback on your evolving script. Participants must enter the class with a story outline or first draft of the idea they wish to develop.

Payment Policies

Class Payment and Cancellation Policy

Your enrollment in any class is not guaranteed until payment is received.  Classes must be paid for at least one week before the first class.  You may cancel your enrollment in a class one week before the first class without charge.  Cancellations made less than a week before the first class will be refunded the full amount less a $50 cancellation fee.  Cancellations made after the first class will be refunded the tuition less a $50 cancellation fee and the appropriate portion of the total tuition for the one class you attended. You must cancel before the date of the second class to receive a refund. All classes are subject to cancellation if there are insufficient registered participants.  We will notify you regarding cancellation at least one week before the first class.  If we cancel the class, you are entitled to a full refund or you may transfer to another scheduled class, space permitting.

Next Classes

Winter Screenwriting

Start Date: Feb 21, 2017

Duration: 12 weeks (Feb 21 to May 16 – no class Mar 28, Apr 4 & 25)

Schedule: Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 9pm

Cost: Early Bird $375+GST (October 31, 2016) | Regular $425+GST

Register: Call 780-429-1671 to register

Instructor: Scot Morison

Scot Morison has an MFA in creative writing from UBC.  He has published one novel and a number of short stories in literary journals and anthologies, but has worked primarily in film and television for the last 20 years.  His drama credits include writing and story editing for two Canadian series, “Mentors” and “Jake and the Kid”, for which he received two AMPIA Awards.  He also wrote the MOW “Cabin Pressure” for Crescent Entertainment and Lionsgate Television.  Scot has developed series and long-form drama projects for CBC, Family, Global, CHUM and A-Channel in Canada, and for the BBC in the UK.  Current projects include “50 Feet of Happiness”, a feature film for Gangof2 Productions and Buffalo Gal Productions based on “The Case of Lena S”, a novel by Giller Prize winning author David Bergen; “Young Defenders”, a one-hour drama series developed through CTV’s Writer’s Only Program ; and “Major Junior”, a one-hour drama series set in the world of junior hockey for Panacea Entertainment and Aquila Productions.

Scot also writes and directs documentaries.  His credits include “The Spirit of the Forest” (Discovery), “Catching the Chameleon” (A-Channel), “Seeds of Change” (CLT and ACCESS), “Out of the West”, “Between the Stones and the Ocean: A Portrait of Rudy Wiebe”, and “Capturing Cooperman – A Not-So Private Investigation of Howard Engel” (all for Bravo), and “Al Rashid: The Story of Canada’s First Mosque” (Omni).  He is also the story consultant on “Oil Change”, an ongoing documentary series about the Edmonton Oilers produced by Aquila Productions for Rogers Sportsnet.

Scot taught for 10 years in the Professional Writing program at Grant MacEwan University’s School of Communications, in Edmonton.  He has also taught writing for series television at the Banff Centre, and screenwriting at the Cinema Production Centre in Ramallah, Palestine.  He is a past president of the Writers Guild of Alberta.  He is a founding partner, along with Conni Massing and Curtis Gillespie, in The Company of Writers Inc., a multimedia production company in Edmonton.

Programs Calendar

Upcoming Programs

The Programs Calendar is a combination of pretty much all the FAVA related activities from events to education. Including:

Select from the links above for their specific calendars. Or browse the following calendar to find all programming events.

May 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
April 30, 2017

FAVA Free-for-all: Editing

FAVA Free-for-all: Editing
May 1, 2017

AFA Film and Video Arts Scholarship Deadline

AFA Film and Video Arts Scholarship Deadline

EAC Community Arts Program

EAC Community Arts Program
May 2, 2017

Screenwriting

Screenwriting
May 3, 2017 May 4, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 6, 2017

Main Course

Main Course
May 7, 2017 May 8, 2017 May 9, 2017

Screenwriting

Screenwriting
May 10, 2017 May 11, 2017 May 12, 2017 May 13, 2017

Main Course

Main Course
May 14, 2017 May 15, 2017 May 16, 2017

Screenwriting

Screenwriting
May 17, 2017

A Roll For Peter

A Roll For Peter
May 18, 2017 May 19, 2017 May 20, 2017

Main Course

Main Course
May 21, 2017 May 22, 2017 May 23, 2017 May 24, 2017 May 25, 2017 May 26, 2017 May 27, 2017

Main Course

Main Course
May 28, 2017 May 29, 2017 May 30, 2017 May 31, 2017

Super 8 Challenge

Super 8 Challenge
June 1, 2017

CIP Travel Grant Deadline

CIP Travel Grant Deadline
June 2, 2017 June 3, 2017

Upcoming Classes

video-kitchen-3-1680×790

Video Kitchen

This is our introductory class. It is a prerequisite to Main Course. Video Kitchen provides a creative place to explore and express your ideas visually.

acting-3-1680×790

Acting

for Screenwriters & Directors

This is your chance to move from one side of the camera to the other. and figure out what exactly you’re asking your actors to do!

doc-shop-5-1680×790

Doc Shop

Do you have an idea for a documentary but don’t know where to start? Develop your idea into a documentary project.

screenwriting-1-1680×790

Screenwriting

Got a screenplay you’re itching to write? Develop your short or feature film script or one-hour teleplay in an intense but supportive workshop setting.

main-course-3-1680×790

Main Course

This is our intermediate production class. Participants must have completed FAVA’s Video Kitchen course, or have proven equivalent experience.

Education Brochure

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 3.36.53 PM

Equipment List

FAVA-Equipment-List-Print_SEP_2013_FINAL

Workshops

All Workshops

FAVA also offers one-off workshops, and collaborates with other arts and culture organizations in workshops too. Check out the Calendar of upcoming workshops at FAVA and in the greater arts community.

sprout-2-1680×790

FAVA Free For All Workshops

The FAVA Free For All is an ongoing series of one-off workshops that are FREE for our membership. Workshops are topical and range from beginner to professional levels. They could introduce you to new gear, best practices, aesthetics and techniques, or just about anything. Make sure to contact FAVA Programming and register for a FAVA Free For All, spaces are limited for each workshop.

fava-ffa-1-1680×790

logo-graphic-3

Recent Programs Blog Postings

Personal Instruction

Access to Artists

Looking to learn how to use a specific piece of equipment or brush up your your skills in a certain area? If there isn’t a class or a workshop covering what you are interested in learning, FAVA members can contact our Director of Programming at programming@fava.ca, to set up one-on-one, member-to-member training through our Access to Artists program.

ata-1-1680×790

We Dare You

Super8 Challenge

Shoot some film! We dare you! Included in the cost of your registration you’ll get: a three-hour workshop on shooting super8; one roll of super8 film (one only! It’s a challenge!); a weekend rental of a super8 camera (or use your own if you have one); FAVA pays for shipping to the lab, film development, and transfer of all the films to DVD. See your masterpiece for the very first time alongside the other challenge participants at FAVA’s summer BBQ. Crank up your nerve and come have some fun shooting film.

super8-1-1680×790

Residency

Artist in Residence

FAVA supports local, national, and international artists in the creation of new work, providing facilities, materials and financial support for an artist in residence. The Artist in Residence is then responsible for some of the following residency components:

  • Workshop for FAVA members
  • Artist Talk & Screening
  • Office Hours to meet with FAVA members
  • Production of Work
  • Exhibition
air-1-1680×790

Grants & Awards

Grants & Awards

FAVA offers a variety of Grants, Awards and Scholarships to help you make your stuff. Check out some of the opportunities available to our membership and the greater arts community.

dylan-favagala-1680×790

BEST IN SHOW

favatv-logo-wh
gmff-logo-wh
favafest-logo-wh

FAVA Endowment Fund

Let's reach $100 000

The Society established an endowment fund in 2012 and has contributed to it in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The fund is administered by the Edmonton Community Foundation. The purpose of the fund is to create an investment resource that will help sponsor artist training, production and distribution far into Alberta’s future.

Endowment Fund (Goal $100 000)

25%

Increase in Donations (2012-2013)

27%

FAVA Annual Reports

Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012

logo-graphic-3SITE MAP

Navigating fava.ca

Select from the following tabs to navigate the main sections of this website. This site is organized by the main menu categories listed at the top of each page. Read more about each of the main sections of the menu and follow the links to the corresponding content.

FAVA

Broad Strokes / Brass Tacks

The 5 Ws of FAVA. Also A Calendar, News, and shout outs to the Community.

PROGRAMS

EVENTS

The To Do List

FAVA hosts a variety of events each year including: The FAVA Summer Party, Gotta Minute Film Festival, FAVA Holiday Party, FAVA FEST, Screenings.

MEMBERS

Join and Meet the Members

This section is for and about the membership and includes info on how to join as well as member profiles and works.

CONTACT

Get in Touch

Main Office: 780-429-1671

Rentals: 780-424-4368

Contact

© 2015 - FAVA (Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta)