Introduction to Final Draft & Movie Magic with Aaron Graham

July 31st, 2021 – 12:30PM – 4:00PM via Zoom

$40 to register
Click this link to register and pay online. Select “Final Draft with Aaron” in the list of online courses: https://www.filmtraining.mb.ca/pay-for-courses-online/

About the workshop
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
  • Introductions
  • Discussion and examination of the practices of each.
  • The Pros and Cons of using one over the other.
  • Formatting and Structure
  • Shortcuts
  • 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 programs

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.


FTM is a member of the Province of Manitoba’s sector council program through the Department of Economic Development and Training. FTM builds a highly skilled and adaptable film industry workforce to support the activities of Manitoba production companies. FTM collaborates with members of the film and television industry to identify the training needs within the community. 

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