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Screenwriting for Fiction Short Films

A course by Alejandra Moffat
Author and screenwriter. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined September 2019
, Author and screenwriter

Learn how to develop a story for cinema, from beginning to end

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (492)
  • 10475 students

Learn how to develop a story for cinema, from beginning to end

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (492)
  • 10475 students
  • 15 lessons (3h 4m)
  • 31 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

A good story has its foundations in a structure and base that hooks the audience instantly. But this base is only that—a base—designed to give the writer a framework where they can experiment and apply their own ideas and personality.

Alejandra Moffat—screenwriter and advisor—is passionate about stories, compelling her to write screenplays for fiction, animation, and documentaries that have been recognized in festivals like Berlinale, Havana Film Festival, among others.

In this course, Alejandra teaches how to write a step outline for a short film fiction screenplay, defining the plot, characters, and action progression, as well as contemplating the types of conflict, beginnings, and endings.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Collect to design and assemble
  • U3
    U3. The move of good design
  • U4
    U4. Put the action in a word processor
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Alejandra starts the course by presenting herself and talks about the cinematographers that inspire, move, surprise, and transform her. Discover a new writing journey, and like all journeys, you have to choose what to take with you and what direction you’ll take to get to your final destination. This trip will lead you to write with freedom, as well as acquiring methodical tools so that your stories are brought to fruition.

See how to develop an idea for a movie in a short film format, uncovering what the consequences of a shorter action time-frame imply. Define, with some practical exercises, the first coordinates that will shape your step outline, to finally know what you need to investigate so as to not fall into prejudice or monotonous situations.

Discover how to generate a structure, defining the scenes you need to develop your short film. Understand what audiovisual writing implies, what you should include, and what you should omit to smoothly unfold your story.

See the step outline progressively, create a list of the scenes with the unfolding of each scene, and test out the global development of your short film. Throughout the entire process, visualize the sequence of images, from the beginning to the end of the film, writing and rewriting what is necessary along the way.

What is this course's project?

Write a developed step outline of a short film fiction screenplay, including the developed scenes from start to finish.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

For anyone who wants to give life to ideas in a script format.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is needed, some notions in writing and how to use a word processing software such as Microsoft Word is enough to take this course.


10475 Students
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Alejandra Moffat

A course by Alejandra Moffat

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Author and screenwriter

Alejandra Moffat is passionate about stories in its multiple formats and facets. She writes novels, stories, and above all, a copious amount of scripts. During her studies, she wrote scripts in fiction, animation, documentary, as well as having advised for film productions in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, France, Germany, and other countries.

The films she has worked on have been awarded at international festivals like Berlinale, Rotterdam, FICUNAM, Havana Film Festival, Cinema Tropical, and Annecy.


  • U1


    • Presentation (Who am I)
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course
  • U2

    Collect to design and assemble

    • What story do we want to tell
    • Distinguish the nature of an idea
    • The first ingredients - Part 1
    • The First Ingredients - Part 2
    • Plot Design - Part 1
    • Plot Design - Part 2
  • U3

    The move of good design

    • Construction from start to finish
    • The art of creating a structure with images and sounds
    • The cut of the scenes
  • U4

    Put the action in a word processor

    • The details of rewriting an outline - Part 1
    • The details of rewriting an outline - Part 2
    • Write for a production team
  • FP

    Final project

    • Screenwriting for Fiction Short Films

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Screenwriting for Fiction Short Films. Photography, Video, and Writing course by Alejandra Moffat Best seller

Screenwriting for Fiction Short Films

A course by Alejandra Moffat
Author and screenwriter. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined September 2019
  • 99% positive reviews (492)
  • 10475 students