EXPO: Introduction to Final Draft & Movie Magic Screenwriter, with Aaron Graham

In partnership with the DGC-MB District Council

November 21, 2020 – 12:00 – 4:30

$40 Regular fee
$10 for DGC-MB members and permittees

The DGC-MB discounted rate is made possible by the DGC’s generous contribution for its members.

This session will be over Zoom

You can now pay for this course online here — Under Online Course-Sign Ups just go to “Final Draft with Aaron” and select it, then check out.
For any DGC members or permittees you can select the “DGC Member/Permit Discount $10” option in the same menu.

This one-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 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 all that’s listed above.

Topics to be covered are:

– 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 have their own pre-loaded demo version (or full version) of Final Draft (trial.finaldraft.com) just prior to the workshop so that the demo is still active during the day of the workshop.

*Note – upon registration you will be sent a Zoom link to the workshop.
To register and pay for this course online you can go HERE and under Online Course Sign-Ups select “Final Draft with Aaron – $40.00”

You can also call into the office to pay with a credit card over the phone at 204-989-9669

About the Instructor

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.
  • Payment in full is required to secure a spot in an FTM course.

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.

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