Course Summary

Cover key aspects of writing for film to help you turn your ideas into vivid and compelling screen stories. Explore narrative structure and film language, as well as script format and layout, treatments and synopses. Through a combination of analysis and practical exercises the aim is to explore and develop your creative ideas without resorting to by-the-book formulas.

Course Sessions

Wednesday, 30th June - 6 classes

Session ID HDAV7003C
30 Jun - 4 Aug 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$350 / $333 (conc)
David Willing

Wednesday, 25th August - 6 classes

Session ID HDAV7004C
25 Aug - 29 Sep 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$350 / $333 (conc)
David Willing

Throughout the course you will cover:

  • How to flesh out initial ideas into a feature film story
  • 3 act story structure and variations of 2nd and 4th acts
  • Writing short documents including log line, one paragraph pitch, story synopsis, scene outlines, treatments
  • Develop three dimensional characters with traits, personality, voice, backstory, biography, contrasting points of view scene analysis and subtext
  • Writing properly formatted scenes to industry standard
  • Script editing and redrafting scenes
  • Draft to draft rewriting
  • Analysis of feature film illustrating aspects covered in the course, film will vary from course to course

David Willing is a writer/director who has made short films, features, documentaries and music videos.  He studied Film & TV at Deakin University and his graduation film Disintegration received the highest honours and screened at Longford Cinema, MUFF2000 and Eyecandy2000.

His credits include The Escape Hatch, a funny, sweet and sexy comedy about love. Selected by more than 15 National and International Film Festivals. 

Walking With The Mursi, an adventure travel documentary about his 300km hike across the remote and desolate tribal region of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia.

Lunch Date, a sharp comedy about online dating for Open Channel and Screen Australia’s Raw Nerve initiative.  Broadcast in 2014 as part of ABC2’s First Date/Worst Date it was the highest rating short with 79000 viewers, earning it an additional two screenings.

Collier Brothers Syndrome depicting two brothers suffering mental illness premiered at St Kilda Film Festival, screened twice on SBSTV and  was awarded Best Sound Design by the Australian Screen Sound Guild.

David has written six feature films including The Seduction which was developed through Film Victoria’s Catapult Initiative and Collar which was short listed by Australian Film Commission.

For more info visit David's website

Online requirements:

As this online course is delivered via Zoom, you will need a webcam, microphone and a reasonably good internet connection.

Please bring along a pen and paper to each session.

Last updated: June 18, 2021 04:39pm