Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The art of the short

Eclectic Philly-based learning venue MindSpot offers a one-time short film workshop for filmmakers -- and for those who want to be.

The art of the short

What is the narrative architecture of a short? How do you get everything you want to say – and shoot – into a format that works for a 10-minute, or 20-minute, or 30-minute movie? Do character arcs matter? Is someone who uses the term “character arc” allowed in the room?

Learn the answers to these and other burning questions on Wednesday, August 15, at the “Shorts for Summer… How to Write a Short Film” one-off course being offered by MindSpot, the eclectic learning venue launched this summer at the historic Plastic Club on Camac Street. David Greenberg, who teaches screenwriting at the University of the Arts and Arcadia University, and whose ’95 short, “The True Meaning of Cool,” won a special mention from the AFI, leads the session, promising “an examination of screenwriting as it applies to short films, a crash course in understanding the process of making an effective piece that both exploits the uniqueness of the form and avoids the pitfalls that many, many filmmakers encounter. ”

Info: visit to register. The class is $20, and runs 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Plastic Club, 247 S. Camac Street in the Washington Square West/Midtown Village area.   

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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