The Art of Storytelling
Drafting the Short Screenplay
Directing the Short Film
Editing the Short Film
So You Want to go to Sundance?
Because of Mama Script
This website is designed for young filmmakers interested in writing a short
narrative film. While we provide useful tips for editing, directing, and
marketing your film, this site is primarily a site for writers. Its aim is to
help you to hone your story: its themes, structure, and cinematic style.
We offer advice through our own experience. "We" are
Karen Gocsik and Serguei
Bassine, the writer and director of the short film, Because of Mama.
Our film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and since then, the film has
been screened at international and domestic festivals and has won a few awards.
We offer you here the many hard lessons that we learned while writing and
producing our film. We've also created some exercises to help you write a better
screenplay. We hope you find the materials helpful.
This site was made possible through a grant from Dartmouth's
Venture Fund. If
you have comments or questions about the site, or if you would like to send us
comments about the film, please contact Karen Gocsik
For Teachers Using This Site
If you are a teacher using this site for a class, you'll want to note that the
site was developed with two purposes in mind: to teach screenwriting and to
teach writing in general. This site is based on the premise that all of the
skills necessary to writing a good short film - brainstorming an idea, developing
a theme, creating a structure, editing for clarity and emphasis, and finding your
own style - are necessary to writing a good essay as well. Accordingly, the
exercises offered here were created not only to inspire students who want to
write short films; they also serve the general writer by providing creative ways
of approaching the writing process. Experienced composition teachers will be
able to see how this site might be used as an exercise or as supporting materials
for their composition classes. If you would like to see how one teacher of
composition uses the site in her class, visit Professor Gocsik's
English 2 Class,