Writing for Film and Television
Develop an absolute command of the craft of storytelling, and a deep understanding of the world of film and television.
How many times have you sat in a darkened movie theatre or on your living room couch watching a film or TV show and turned to your significant other/friend/dog and said, “I can do better than this!” Here’s the good news: we believe you can. Give voice to your creativity and imagination. Join us for one intense year in Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television Program. Let us help you jump start your future by getting your stories and characters out of your head and onto the page. Now the bad news… your dog’s going to be jealous.
Develop fundamental skills in visual storytelling, structure, character, format, and genre. Write and workshop your first portfolio piece with a short film script.
Commit to story and character development for your first feature screenplay. Develop your TV spec script, hone your dialogue skills, and start work on a series of comedy sketches.
Demonstrate your skills in story, character, and dialogue, through workshopping the first drafts of your feature and TV scripts.
Gain hands-on experience in producing low-budget projects. Specialize in film or TV writing, and begin work on your final project.
Broaden your skillset as a writer with electives that complement your chosen specialization. Electives include writing for comics, video games, and writing for commercials.
Complete drafts of your final projects and polish them through intense workshopping. Discover critical business skills to help prepare you for entering the industry.
Writing for Feature Films / Writing for TelevisionSee program breakdown and full course descriptions for more information.
Our screenwriting instructors come right from the industry, and offer an unparalleled education based on decades of real-world experience, designed to give students the skills, contacts and confidence to kick start their careers.
Your year inside Writing for Film and Television will put you in close contact with students in a host of other VFS programs, from actors and filmmakers to makeup artists and animators. This downtown campus features near round-the-clock access to computers, production space, and an extensive library of screenplays. You'll also be surrounded by the city's best cafes, restaurants, and cultural attractions – not to mention some of the leading film and television production studios.
As a graduate of Writing for Film and Television at VFS, you’ll be ready to work in a variety of writing and production roles in film, television, and production studios.
As a Feature Screenwriter, you'll work long hours on original spec scripts and, in collaboration with a producing team, usher them through development to production. Whether you're focused on working with big-budget studios or independent producers, you'll need to be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of story, screenplay structure, and character.
Television is a writer-driven medium and experienced writers in this field also take on producing roles in addition to their writing duties. When starting out, you'll be focused on joining a TV series' writing staff as an assistant or intern, which requires taking part in story meetings and pitch sessions.
Story editors are typically experienced screenwriters and excel at championing a writer's vision from early draft stages to the final shooting script. Outside of Hollywood, many feature film productions may use your services to help the screenwriter apply notes from the producing team or funding agencies.
Vancouver Film School grads are some of the most successful professionals in the film and television industries. Take a moment to browse some of their accomplishments and achievements. The Alumni Success Stories feature tales of triumph and fame, and will open in another window to take you to the VFS Blog page. Grad Career Highlights offers a glimpse at some of our amazing alumni credits and contributions to the industry.
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Courses start every four months.
You will be asked to submit one of the following along with your application. Your advisor can help with selecting the best option.
Write a one-page (maximum) synopsis. Provide the film genre and use references to other movies to explain how you would make the film. Explain the concept, vision, or idea. In addition, provide a minimum of two and maximum of four other creative writing samples in their original form (no more than 20 total pages should be submitted). You'll find information on how to send your work in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.
When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Foundation program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.
We’re here to help you submit an application that best reflects your abilities, and gives you the best chance of being accepted. We've helped thousands of people complete a successful year at VFS by answering questions like these: