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Introduction to FINAL DRAFT Screenwriting Software

January 30, 2016 - January 31, 2016

$50 – $75


with Aaron Graham

in partnership with the Manitoba Writers’ Guild


Saturday, Jan. 30th, 2016 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Sunday, Jan. 31st, 2016 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Manitoba Writers’ Guild Classroom, 218-100 Arthur Street

$75  (Manitoba Writers’ Guild members: $50)


This two-day workshop will introduce you to the basics of the Final Draft Professional Screenwriter program, from both a writer’s perspective as well as from a production standpoint. You will learn essential formatting, terminology, and the pros and cons in using Final Draft. By the end of the course, you will have the basics to use Final Draft to tell your original story or, to alternately, know what is required of you if you work in the Production Office.

For emerging or more experienced writers, appearances of a properly constructed screenplay are everything. Final Draft allows you to not worry about such matters, allowing formatting to become second nature. Their motto is “Just Add Words”, and this course will demonstrate how easy it can be. If you have a collaborator, this course will also show you some tips & techniques in Final Draft’s Revision mode.

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 logo-finaldraft-wb_lo-resapproved 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 all that’s listed above.



– Discussion and examination of the screenplay format, using various screenplays

– Pros and Cons in using Final Draft

– Test Cases

– Formatting and Structure



– Covering the concept of script revisions and the colour order

– Shortcuts

– Integrating different files into Final Draft and clarifying/simplifying the process of what to change so that pages are “approval ready”

– Field examples and common problems that may occur

– Q&A


Who Should Take This Course:

> Those interested in simply learning the programs so that they can put into practice the writing of their own screenplays.

> Those interested in figuring out the shortcuts available in order to get pages ready for final approval on film productions.


Course Requirement: Each participant is required to bring their own laptop computer (not a tablet), and pre-load a demo version of Final Draft ( just prior to the workshop so that the demo is still active during the days of the workshop.


About the Instructors

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

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 and 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 (credit & debit) 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

Course participants are responsible for their own lunch.


January 30, 2016
January 31, 2016
$50 – $75


Film Training Manitoba


Manitoba Writers’ Guild Classroom
218 - 10 Arthur Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1H7 Canada
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