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January 16 - April 12

Basic Screenwriting

A good story and script are the foundation of all successful films. Designed for the beginner screenwriter with little or no film or television experience, this workshop aims to build a solid foundation in screenwriting through a blend of lectures and writing exercises.

Taking the short film as a starting point, participants will learn about crafting their stories and ideas into screenplays with interesting characters and compelling plots. Participants will learn the fundamentals of the 3-act narrative structure, visual storytelling, and how to craft dialogue and characters for the screen. The learning experience is enhanced by online critique and discussion of writing exercises, in between class sessions. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have a completed first draft (up to 10 pages) for a short film.

To facilitate efficient learning, there will be two groups – Group A and Group B.

About the Instructors
GROUP A: Ellery Ngim

A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Ellery Ngiam has amassed a diverse portfolio of work as a series creator, director and writer. His short films “Crammed”, “Jia Fu” and “Dance of a Modern Marriage” have garnered numerous awards, and his scripts have won IMDA’s Scriptwriting Competition and Best Screenplay award at the Asian American International Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Ellery has also been selected to attend numerous workshops including Produit Au Sud at Festival of Three Continents, the Script Clinic and Talent Campus at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Asian Film Academy at Busan International Film Festival, Objectifs Filmmaking Residency Program, and the Next Masters at Tokyo Filmex. Since forming EN Films, Ellery has also served as series creator and executive producer for a number of television productions.


Ric Aw is a Singaporean filmmaker whose work often reflects on the human condition. His first feature film Standing in Still Water premiered at the Singapore International Film Festival 2014. He has been producing and writing for television since 2000. He currently produces and directs at The Creative Room, a production house he co-owns. He has made six short films, of which Buy Me Love won Best Short Film (professional category) at the MDA-Panasonic Digital Film Fiesta 2005. He has a Bachelor of Media from Macquire University in Sydney, Australia majoring in writing and scriptwriting and has previously worked as a producer at Oak 3 Films.


Group A: 16 January to 20 February 2018
Group B: 8 March to 12 April 2018

6 sessions / 2.5hr per session
Please refer to the Objectifs site (linked below) for specific dates and times, as they vary per group.

Venue: Objectifs, 155 Middle Road

Fee: $360

More details and the registration form can be found via the Objectifs site.


Objectifs is an independent non-profit gallery and educational space that is committed to advancing the practice and appreciation of film and photography. Through year-round educational programmes, exhibitions, screenings, residencies and mentorships, our mission is to build a community of image-makers and visual storytellers, creating and sharing artistic works that foster dialogue around local and international issues.


January 16
April 12
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155 Middle Road 188977 Singapore + Google Map