Idea to Outline: Fundamentals of Story Structure in Film - May 25, 2024

Fundamentals of Story Structure in Film is a free, in-person screenwriting workshop for early-career and aspiring filmmakers with little-to-no formal training.

This workshop is designed to reassure creatives daunted by the writing process while fostering community with local artists in a safe and supportive space. The workshop will provide an overview of how structure in film is built, empowering participants to better tell their own stories.

Emphasis will be placed on the fundamentals of character development and story structure. By using short films from local and BIPOC Canadian artists as examples, the workshop participants will analyze key elements of structure and characterization.

Participants will become familiar with the plot pyramid structure and the foundations of character development. Together, everyone will come together to identify the outline of a short film and put their new knowledge and skills to use.

This workshop is a part of Community Connects by Brampton Arst Organization (BAO).

The Community Connects series strengthens the links between members of the diverse multi-disciplinary Brampton creative community while fostering communal learning and knowledge sharing as well as developing individual members' facilitation skills.

  • Knowledge and clarity on how to approach storytelling for film

  • A safe and encouraging environment for participants to move through any anxiety and self-doubt about making short films

  • Confidence about understanding how to give shape to their ideas and add dimension to their work

  • An opportunity to network and connect with other emerging filmmakers in Brampton with the potential to work on future projects together


  • BIPOC youth interested in filmmaking

  • Emerging filmmakers with little-to-no formal training.

  • Photographers and visual artists looking to transition into directing

  • Emerging filmmakers with some experience but looking for more structure in their writing

  • Individuals interested in learning how to approach conceptualizing a short film

Paula Ner Dormiendo is a Filipino Canadian director and editor in Brampton. She is an alumna of the Canon FUTURES Program, and the WIFT Connect Mentorship under Peabody Award Winning Director, Karen Shopsowitz with work screened internationally, including the Canadian Film Festival, WIFT, Reelworld, and a national broadcast on CBC Gem. Paula’s passion for meaningful, inclusive storytelling extends to her work with emerging artists, having been a co-facilitator for The Friendly Screenwriting Program, mentor for Flaunt It Movement and artist | @paulanerdormiendo


Pam Lau is an independent photographer from Toronto. Pam is a recipient of the Applied Arts Young Blood Photography Award and has been named one of five photographers to watch in a 500px spotlight on Asian Heritage Month. Ambassador for Canon Canada and co-founder of Ecru. | @pamelaloud


Brampton Arts Organization is a registered non-profit that champions Brampton’s diverse arts, culture and creative industries and advocates for the #BramptonArtist. We work to build a thriving, confident, valued, and empowered creative scene by offering a range of programs, services and resources. | @baobrampton

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