If you never had to wait for the industry to pick you, would that make a difference to your acting career?
It might mean freedom(to take your success into your own hands) knowing that you can write the perfect starring role for you to play.
Or it might mean a break from the stress, anxiety and powerlessness of hoping the perfect role will finally come along.
You've probably heard that learning how to write a script is an act of empowerment but...
You've never written before and you don't know how to get started?
You know what you want to write about, but you need a roadmap to follow?
You started writing, but now you're stuck in procrastination?
You know this is something you can be good at, with the right tools and support?
You're tired of waiting for permission to do what you love, and you want to DO SOMETHING about it?
If you are saying "OMG YES" while reading these questions, then it's time for you to join my Short Film Lab Digital Program. Let's get you a script you love, so you can make a short film that puts you on the map!
Learn every step you need to take to from idea-in-your-head to finished script. No guesswork or trying to figure it out by yourself. Follow the steps in order to make this process as simple as possible.
CLEAR ACTIONABLE STEPS
Know exactly what to do every step of the way. No more guesswork or trying to figure this out on your own. I've broken down the screenwriting process into small, tangible steps to keep you moving forward and out of overwhelm.
A REPEATABLE PROCESS
Once you learn this process, you can use it again and again for all the scripts your write for the rest of your career. These tools will elevate your script to a professional level and make you (and your project) stand out for the right reasons.
Start with Character
Before you stress out about plot points, or structure or dialogue, we lay the most important foundation for your script - your CHARACTERS.
In this module you'll learn:
Major Character Archetypes
Create a compelling protagonist and antagonist to give your story conflict.
Write flawed, nuanced characters your audience roots for.
Make It Personal
Learn how to tailor this project to you as an actor (if you plan to be in it), and create a project that is meaningful to you.
Deepen Your Idea
Once you have your major characters, it's time to expand your world, deepen your dynamics, and explore the central question of your story.
In this module you'll learn:
Anatomy Of A Scene
I’ll teach you how to get to the heart of your scene quickly, pack a powerful punch and move your story forward.
Pro Tips For Good Dialogue
Learn my best pro tips for writing good dialogue that isn't on the nose.
Deepen Your Characters
Know your characters inside + out to make the most compelling film possible.
Now we add proper structure and advanced-level writing tools to elevate your script to a professional level.
You'll walk away with a powerful script you're proud of and can't wait to share with the world.
In this module you'll learn:
3-Act Story Structure
Elevate yourself to the level of professional writer with proper structure. Repeat this lesson again and again for all your future projects.
How To Write A Producible Script
This lesson is crucial to keep your idea within a budget that is doable. So when it's time for self-production, you're ready to call, "Action!"
Create Your Outline
Save yourself time, money, and frustration by writing your outline before you jump into scripting. You will thank me later.
I'm so glad we did this BEFORE scripting. It's made me even more excited about the project and some new ideas came up.
— Farrah P, actor/writer
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I've always known that writers rock, but this experience has certainly supported that thought. In better knowing what a writer is doing, I'm becoming a smarter and more confident performer.
— Kathy K, actor/writer
And just who will be teaching you the Short Film Lab Digital?
Me! I'm Emily Grace :)
In addition to helping actors finally write their damn script already (and know what to do with it) I’m also a Sundance award-winning actress (Special Jury Prize for Emotional Truth).
I had an idea for a script I wanted to write forever. I thought writing would be easy. After all I had extensive acting training, I’d read hundreds of scripts and broken down a bazillion auditions. I knew how to break down a scene and craft a performance. Not to mention my time behind the camera, when I worked with an independent film producer in the $5M -$50M range.
I learned the hard way that writing can feel impossible when you create in a vacuum and try to figure it out all by yourself. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
When I stopped trying to figure it out all by myself, I got help. I studied with a working TV writer who showed me professional-level tools to finally turn my idea into a script I was proud of. Instead of creating in a vacuum, I learned a step-by-step process I could follow to get my script to the finish line. And I got there so much faster (and it was way more fun) than the painful process of going it alone.
For the past 15 years I've helped actors create success on their own terms. Once I learned how to write, I found myself sharing these tools over and over again with my clients. It was clear to me how many actors want to create their own project, but they don't know how to get started.
That's why I created this program.
Learning how to write is an act of empowerment. Once you learn these tools, you never have to wait for the industry to pick you in order to do what you love. You can create the kind of roles that only you can play, the stories you most want to see, and use the films you create to put yourself on the map.
"I had never written a screenplay before and now I've completed post-production for my short film! We recently screened at our first of many festivals - Coney Island Film Festival. I loved starting small, with writing a short script, then following that with the self production modules. It breaks everything down into tangible, manageable steps. If you're serious about creating your own work, this is a great place to be."
Kelly Camille Patterson
It's TIME to make your script a priority...
Short Film Lab Digital Program
Write a powerful script that matters to you, will make an impact on your audience, and open the doors to bigger career opportunities. See your film on the festival circuit and beyond!
You'll learn our entire process to go from idea-in-your head to a finished, professional level script. No more excuses. No more trying to figure it out by yourself. No more doubt or second-guessing your idea. Just a step-by-step writing process to write a script you love with a role that only you can play.
Don't intend to act in your project? Great! These tools will work for anyone who wants to write a short film.
As an actor, it can feel like so much of your career is out of your hands. But I firmly believe you have so much more power than you realize.
Learning how to write a professional-level short film is an act of empowerment. Instead of waiting for permission, or hoping to get picked, you get to take control of your own success.
It means you can…
Write the kind of role only you can play, so you can show the industry exactly what you’re capable of.
Write the stories that matter to you, so the time and energy you spend on your career feels meaningful.
Put yourself in control of your success, so you never have to wait to get picked by the industry.
Open the doors to bigger opportunities that are in alignment with the kind of work you care about.
Leave a lasting impact on your audience, who will be inspired, moved, and affected by the stories you choose to tell.
Unlike a feature film, or a tv pilot, learning how to write a short takes less time. Self-production is absolutely within reach. And you get a tangible project that you can share with the world a lot faster.
This builds your confidence as a writer, and inspires you to create more and more projects that excite and fulfill you.
My wish for you is the power of your own creative fulfillment.
That's what this program is for. If that speaks to you, then what are you waiting for? Say yes to yourself and let’s get started!
"Learning the elements it takes to create depth of characters and story helped me to start to flesh my idea out. Before Short Film Lab, I wrote without any concept of structure or the proper formatting. It was a hot mess. Now I can see myself really having a complete script and going into production. If you’re on the fence about taking Short Film Lab, I say, 'JUMP, stop straddling!'"
Real, beneficial support.
"I had tried to write a project on my own and always got stuck. In Short Film Lab I learned a step-by-step method for developing a story with compelling characters. Because of Short Film Lab I have much more developed and interesting characters and a solid understanding of story structure. I got real, beneficial support given with expertise and love! If you have a script in process, an idea for a script, or even just an urge to write something, this is for you."
What are the consequences if you don't do this?
"Before taking the Short Film Lab, I struggled most with format and structure and sitting down to actually create what I want. In the class I got structure, accountability and guidance. If you are thinking of signing up for the Short Film Lab, I would ask you what my life coach asked me when I was on the fence: “What are the consequences if you don't do this?”"
I never felt alone.
"Before joining Short Film Lab, I suffered from imposteur syndrome and the procrastination that goes with it. I got more clarity on the structure aspects of a screenplay and incredibly valuable directions given by Emily and also by other students. I loved the step by step approach. I never felt alone. Being part of a group gives you power.
Trust the process . It's incredibly powerful if you play the game 100%. Showing up whatsoever provides a sense of pride + it also means accepting others' help. Which for me is a huge step. I just did it. I wrote. At last!"
Dream big, get started
"Before the Short Film Lab I struggled to nail down my idea and have it actually make sense. Once I learned how to start the screenwriting process it allowed me to dream big and get started.
I loved hearing other people's stories, learning which ideas work and which ones don't, and I loved the tool about how to write action lines in the present tense - something I had never thought about before.
This program is very accessible, informative, and fun. Definitely do it!"
Get off the fence and get creating!
"I am not too small to be able to write, pitch and or produce my own stories to networks and content distributors. My eyes have been open to a new world of producing and being a content creator."
Cherene R Francis
This is my dream role
"Since working with Emily I've made my script even stronger. I am in great shape to move into pre-production with a script that truly reflects my dream role, and that feels totally doable!"
Dream big, dream with direction
"Emily gives clear feedback that helps me dream big but also dream with direction. Since taking this program my first-ever short film script was chosen as a semi-finalist for a $10,000 production grant."
"Emily helped me realize that I can be direct and bold in my language, and that the thing I was afraid to say in my script is actually the thing that grabs my audience."
Find the strongest story
"Before working with Emily I had a script that was missing the kind of depth that makes a story really compelling. I was hoping to flesh out my plot points and characters and to take it from an 'idea' to a final draft. Learning about character squares was a very clear blueprint for how to create compelling characters with the ability to drive story endlessly. This program has helped flesh out my script and find the strongest story."
Gain knowledge and confidence
"Life was scary in my 'I'm not good enough to be a writer' feelings. I still struggle with that, but I'm gaining confidence and an understanding of the creative process from the program! I'm LESS scared of calling myself a writer or creator.
If you keep doing what you've been doing, you'll keep getting what you've been getting, so if you want to actually DO something, TRUST YOURSELF and take the plunge."
Look forward to writing
"This program has really helped me actually WRITE.
I also love the constructive feedback sessions, I feel so comfortable and supported by these fellow artists. I actually look forward to sitting down to writerather than dreading the fight with my inner critic that often comes along with the writing process."
Pilates for the Artist's soul
"It requires effort, but you'll be a stronger, better, more disciplined writer by the end of it. If you thrive on creativity, but need some help with your follow through... this is the place for you!"
Confident and committed
"Before I joined this program, I was writing a lot, but was never sure how to take what I had written and raise it to a professional level. I was hoping to learn how to "level up" with my writing and learn how to move forward with it to create a career.
I am more committed to my writing and I feel confident I am acquiring the tools I need."
Finish that damn script
"If you want to finish that damn script already, this is the place to do it!"
I'm new to writing, will this be too advanced for me?
Nope! If you're new to writing, you're in the right place. The Short Film Lab gives you every step you need to take from idea-in-your-head to finished script.
Each writing tool is broken down into baby steps to keep you focused on what matters and out of overwhelm. It's the fastest way to get your script to the finish line.
I have some writing experience, will this be to basic for me?
Do you have a step-by-step, repeatable process to write your scripts? If not, the program will show you the way.
Do you have total confidence in yourself as a writer who's script is at a professional level? If not, the program will help you get to that level.
If you've written in the past, you already know it can be a challenge. And without a roadmap to follow, it can feel like you're stuck in the never-ending loop of star, stop, hate everything, delete, start again.
The Short Film Lab takes the guesswork out of the writing process. There's no more spinning out, wondering if your idea is good enough, or what step to take next. Just follow the steps laid out for you inside the program to elevate your writing to pro-level, with a script you can't wait to share with the world.
What is your Refund Policy?
You have 48 hours from your initial purchase to request a refund. If this program is not the best fit for you, there's no risk for you.
What is Pickford West?
My company name was inspired by two pioneering women of the Golden Age of Hollywood: Mary Pickford and Mae West. Both of these women were innovative, ambitious creators whose influence is still around today.
What happens after I join?
You'll receive immediate access to everything you need to access the Short Film Lab.
Our program is hosted on a members-only, password protected site which you'll create a password for.
Once you register you'll get access to all course modules at once.
Do I have to be an actor, or have to act in my film?
No. The only thing you need is the desire to learn how to write a professional-level short film. You don't have to be an actor, or want to write a role for you to play. Anyone who wants to learn how to write a screenplay is welcome.
Does this include live support?
In an effort to make this program as affordable as possible, live support is not included. Once you purchase the program, you will have the opportunity to join my amazing monthly membership, which provides ongoing support and accountability.