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Introduction to Final Draft and Movie Magic

October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am - October 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


with Aaron Graham

Red River College – Princess St. Campus – Room W411

*A laptop is required, but Final Draft has a 30 day free trial, as well as a 14 day free trial for MovieMagic*

This course will serve as an introduction to the basics of both programs as well as the specific techniques of each. You will learn the essential formatting, terminology, and pros and cons for these commonly used screenwriting programs.

One of the most critically important tasks while working in the Production Office is to turn newly revised pages over in an expedient fashion for both cast & crew. Once the writer or director has approved pages, it is necessary for the designated person in the office to make sure the page numbers match up with the currently approved draft and to ensure that new pages are released to the necessary individuals in the proper colour order.

This tutorial will provide a comprehensive guide on the two programs that are most commonly used on film productions: Final Draft and Movie Magic Screenwriter.

These programs have been fluidly designed to assist and provide simplicity in the creation of a finished screenplay for the budding writer, but there are crucial built-in functions and shortcuts that you will need in order to issue revised pages with ease.

This course is targeted for two types of participants:

  1. Those interested in simply learning the programs so that they can put into practice the writing of their own screenplays.
  2. Those interested in figuring out the shortcuts needed to know of the programs in order to get pages ready for final approval on film productions


–Discussion and examination of the practices of each.

–The Pros and Cons of using one over the other.

–Formatting and Structure


–The Intricate Settings of Each: Settings, industry standards in regards to font, size, etc.

–Covering the concept of script revisions and the colour order

–How to integrate different files into each different program and clarify/simplify the process of what to change so that the pages are “approval ready” — Final Draft and Movie Magic

–Field examples and common problems that may occur with both programs

–Overview of the day: Stressing how important it is to double-check that all information is correct before prepping the file for the Assistant Director(s) on the production

–Overview of the day: for prospective writers interested in either program, finding out which program they prefer



About the Instructor

Aaron Graham is a full member of the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) and was elected to serve on executive of the DGC Manitoba’s district council. He has served as a Production Coordinator and Assistant Production Coordinator on such Winnipeg-based productions as “Midnight Sun”, “Sunnyside”, “The Pinkertons”, and “A Dog’s Purpose”.

Aaron also has an extensive background in freelance film writing including the publications Screem Magazine and Art Decades. A partial list of his interview subjects includes Terry Gilliam, John Landis, James Gray, Richard Franklin, Charles B. Griffith, Stuart Gordon and Richard Linklater. Graham was also selected to the Berlinale Talent Campus at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.

Film Training Manitoba Course Registration Policy

– Participants must be 18 years of age or older to register and attend the course.

– Participants must register in advance of the course. No drop-ins.
– Registration is on a first come, first served basis – unless otherwise specified. Enrollment may be limited.
– Registration for all courses, including weekend workshops, must be done between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).
– All registrations must be received and confirmed in-person or by telephone with an FTM staff member during office hours. We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.
– Payment in full is required to secure a spot in an FTM course.

Course Registration

Registration can be done in one of two ways:

In Person – cash, cheque, VISA, MasterCard, and debit are accepted. (Please make cheques payable to Film Training Manitoba.)

Our offices are located at 100 – 62 Albert Street, in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. We are open to the public Monday to

Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

By Phone – VISA and MasterCard only. Registrations are accepted via the main line at 204-989-9669.

*We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.

Cancellation Policy


Participants must cancel up to 4 full business days prior to the course start date to receive an 80% refund.

No refund will be given to participants who cancel within 4 full business days before the course start date, or if they do not attend the course.

Film Training Manitoba reserves the right to cancel, or postpone, any course where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for a course that is canceled will receive a full refund.



Breaks and refreshments


All course participants are responsible for their own lunch.


October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am
October 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


Red River College – Princess Street Campus, Room W411
160 Princess Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1K9 Canada
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