How to write, produce, and direct your own short film: understanding budget, fundraising, narrative structure and distribution options.
Duration: 6 weeks
Start date: 2nd week of June
2 weeks of lectures (narrative three act structure, escalation, momentum, budgeting, fundraising, outsourcing, three stages of production)
4 weeks of workshopping (loglines, outlines, two drafts of an original short
Note: This is a pre-production seminar which prepares you to film your own short. It does not include equipment or the actual producing of the short film.
Duration: 11 weeks
Start date: 2nd week of January
3 weeks of outlines, lectures, and preparation: understanding sequences, structure , understanding the Hollywood mold
8 weeks of drafting (15 pages per week, totaling a full 120 page script)
Note: Financing options available if necessary
One-on-one services are available upon request, such as:
- Individual tutoring
- Coverage on a completed script
- One-time introductory structure seminar
- Consultation on undergrad/graduate school applications/admissions process
Duration: Dependent on individual student
L.M. Harter was born in the rural foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Always having a thirst for education, she took her first college course at Ohio University at the age of thirteen, eventually earning a Bachelor of Science in Communication, with a focus on video production. In 2010, L.M. received her Masters in Screenwriting from University of Texas' Radio-Television-Film (RTF) program.
L.M.'s writing focus has been on the horror genre: her feature-length script "The Guilty" earned her a second round placement at the Austin Film Festival (2010), as well a finalist placement in the Horror/Thriller category of the Slamdance Writing Competition (2011). Her teleplay "Voodoo Tattoo" was a Slamdance finalist (2011) and an Austin Film Festival (AFF) second round selection (2012). In addition, her thriller script "Seclusion" was a quarter-finalist for Francis Ford Coppola's screenwriting competition Zoetrope (2011).
Since completing graduate school in August 2010, L.M. has written, directed, and/or produced six short films, five of which are horror/thrillers. To this end, she formed Galt Productions with her partner, Matt DeVillier, which was formally incorporated in April 2011.
“Birth Mother” screened at Short Indies, Austin’s premiere independent short film showcase, in the spring of 2013.
Two shorts, “MothMan” and “The Dueling Darlings” (formerly “T is for Tightrope”) have been selected for inclusion in the international horror compilation 'World of Death' (Winter 2013).
Besides travelling to film festivals for “La Llorona,” L.M. is working on producing her first feature, “The Rapture.”
"The only man never to be redeemed is the man without passion."
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged