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Developing the Low Budget Feature Length Film with David Barlow

August 11, 2018 - August 12, 2018

10:00am – 5:00pm

Red River College – Princess Street Campus (160 Princess St.) — Room W411


This workshop is now sold out!

About the workshop 

During this two-day interactive course, participants will learn various techniques on developing effective low budget screenplays. The course instructor will teach the writers about the elements of creating projects and
review the current Canadian market for projects. The instructor will also provide an overview of script development programs.

On the final day of the course, each participant will receive a one-on-one tutorial session to discuss the participant’s individual questions and to discuss projects that they might be developing. 

Day One – Saturday, August 11th

  1. What is your concept?
  • Where did the idea come from?
  • Why this film? What are its strongest selling points?
  1. What is your stage development?
  1. The screenplay as the core
  1. Tailoring the concept
  • Premise and genre
  1. Development
  • Developing the script
  • Preparing the first-stage pitch
  1. Script Development Programs
  • NSI Features First
  • Talent to Watch  -Telefilm – Tehranto
  • CFC Features
  • Harold Greenberg Fund
  1. Packaging for Development
  • Lookbooks and Sizzle Reels – Looperand Whiplash
  • Proof of Concept
  • Short films – THX, Bottle Rocket, La Jete, Sin City, Ahmal

Day Two – Sunday, August 12th
Individual consultation – 45 minute sessions


About the Instructor
David Barlow
Writer/Producer/Story Editor

Barlow’s features for TV include a drama about Canadian peacekeepers in Croatia (producer), a comedy about the creators of the Trivial Pursuit board game (producer/director), a romantic adventure set in the wilds of northern B.C. (producer/co-writer), the finale of the popular TV series Street Legal (co-writer), and a documentary about minor-league baseball (producer).

These productions Barlow has written, produced or story-edited have received over 45 awards and nominations, including a Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series and two Geminis for Best Comedy Series. He is the recipient of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s Margaret Collier Award for his body of work as a screenwriter and his contribution to the Canadian television industry.

Barlow teaches screenwriting and supervises portfolio projects in the Bachelor of Film and TV Program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario and has conducted screenwriting workshops across Canada, as well as in Singapore and Dublin.


Film Training Manitoba is committed to creating an inclusive and healthy workplace where participants, instructors, and staff are treated with dignity and respect. We will not tolerate any forms of harassment and reserve the right to remove any patron creating an unsafe environment.



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:

1) In Person– Cash, VISA and MasterCard, and debit are accepted. 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.

2) 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

Refreshments will be provided


August 11, 2018
August 12, 2018