Meltdown Short Film Writing Workshop

The Short Film Writing Workshop
(Limit 12 Students)

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046




The Short Film Writing Workshop provides the complete practical and supportive instruction to write a short film. Writing a short film allows potential and experienced filmmakers and screenwriters the opportunity to face all the challenges of making a full-length feature film without the demands of a longer and more costly project. A strong short film can be a highly effective calling card for breaking into the industry as a filmmaker; it can also serve as the perfect pitch for a potential television series or feature film.

In the class, participants will break down their own ideas for movies, learning what’s best for the short or long form. They will learn to identify what makes movies memorable for audiences and how to develop an engaging and compelling story, expressly written for the screen. Discussions, written exercises and feedback will cover all areas of successful storytelling; these discussions will include character, dialogue and visual description, as well as what key aspects are essential for an original, unforgettable emotional experience for your audience. Overall, the idea of screenwriting will be completely demystified as participants learn how to write the movies they want to make.  

The goal for each student will be to complete a short film script (up to 15 pages) by the end of the workshop. All writers will receive feedback from the workshop in
a supportive, courteous and forthright environment.  Writers will also have the opportunity to rewrite and develop their script based off the workshop feedback. By the end of the workshop, all students will have developed their screenwriting skills and broadened their perspective on writing for the cinema as a whole. Most importantly, they will have a script headed for production into a film.




Gordy Hoffman’s screenplay, LOVE LIZA won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. He made his feature directorial debut with his script, A COAT OF SNOW, which world premiered at the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival.  He was selected for Fox Searchlab, a director development program at Fox Searchlight, where he wrote and directed three digital shorts, THE WOMAN WHO STOPPED SEEING MOVIES, JACK SIGNS and UNTITLED.

Gordy has taught short script development and screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, as well as led workshops all over North America, Poland and the UK. Currently an instructor at UCLA Professional Program, Gordy founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge.  His latest short film, DOG BOWL, has recently been completed, and he’s presently developing a feature with Abigail Spencer, slated to shoot in 2015.