Study screenwriting in the heart of Canada’s script writing industry. Learn how to write full screenplays in just 8 months. Create polished portfolio pieces, including an original TV pilot and feature screenplay, that entice studios. Develop a television series in a simulated writers’ room headed by our industry-professional instructors. Then get down to business—learn how to pitch to producers and develop eye-catching pitch packages designed to sell your script. Upon graduation, you will have developed your writing skills, built a diverse portfolio, and made valuable contacts in the industry.
At every draft of every project you’ll receive one-on-one mentorship from our industry professional instructors. In addition, suggestions and critiques from classmates will provide ideas, highlight issues, and provide the collaborative feedback of a true writers’ room.
Classes are kept small and intimate. Get individualized attention from award-winning, industry-professional instructors and the opportunity to connect with your classmates throughout the writing process. Build strong creative and professional relationships that last well into your career.
Classes in the Writing For Film and TV Program run four days per week. You can’t rush perfection, and that extra day allows you to commit the time needed to write quality scripts and build a polished portfolio without getting burnt out.
Instructors in the Writing For Film and TV Program are all industry professionals and award-winning screenwriters. Hundreds of combined credits allow them to pass along mastery of the latest writing trends, industry connections, and unparalleled experience. Many InFocus students have won awards, received grants, and made the selection of prestigious festivals right out of school. You could be next.
InFocus has partnered with Capilano University to offer multiple degree pathways. Graduates of the Writing For Film and TV Program can transfer to programs at Capilano University to pursue a degree at reduced time and cost. Earn a university degree in addition to your InFocus Diploma. This partnership also opens up post-graduation work permit eligibility for international students.
One of the key goals of this screenwriting program is for your script to emerge as a realistic contender for production. Write your own screenplay for an original, marketable feature film—the true mark of a professional screenwriter.
An original pilot script is still considered the best way to gain a toehold in the industry. Develop and write your own 30-minute or 60-minute TV pilot script.
Film adaptations of books, television shows, or true stories have been around since the dawn of television. But they are becoming increasingly popular in today’s market, grossing a full 53% more than original screenplays at the box office. You will be assigned a short story to adapt into a short screenplay.
True stories have grown to be one of the largest and most popular genres of TV. The top 10 shows on Netflix always include either a documentary film or series. People love seeing real stories on screen. Learn how to develop and write an outline for a non-fiction series—the key document for pitching your show to broadcasters.
SHORT FILM SCRIPT
The first project for most major Hollywood screenwriters was a short film script. Short films have launched the careers of filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Taika Waititi, and Ava DuVernay. This project aims to help you learn professional formatting and find your own creative voice.
WEB SERIES SCRIPT
Experience working in a professional writer’s room. Your instructor will bring real-world television experience and act as the showrunner for a series you develop in class. Then collaborate with your peers to write your very own episode.
To be a successful screenwriter you must have the skills to sell your scripts. Gain producing skills such as budgeting, scheduling, crewing, casting, and pitching to build a package that will entice studios to produce your script.
InFocus Film School is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.