Terrarium is a platform for scriptwriters where they get help to develop, refine and complete their scripts.


Terrarium. Intensive 2021

Course’s program

The program is based on mentoring and collaboration in a closed group. A mentor is a person who independently determines the intensity and directs the course. The course will have a theoretical part, which includes the basics of dramaturgy, and a practical part. The main task is to write a film script and develop a project in a group of like-minded people led by the mentor of the course. A system work within the group consists of regular practical tasks and their discussions with the subsequent implementation of new tasks to improve projects.

Courses’ goal

The goal of the course is to create a feature film script and prepare participants for national and international pitches. Practical tasks on a regular basis will help you to develop your project. The course provides sufficient time to write, improve, and rewrite the first draft of a short film or a feature film screenplay as well as to prepare for the pitch and create a competitive project.

Main lector and mentor of the course – Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk

Director and screenwriter. Over 7 years of experience in teaching and mentoring. 

In 2021, Dmytro has completed the shooting of his debut feature film “PAMFIR”.

Production: Bosonfilm (Україна), together with Madants (Poland) and Les Films D’Ici (France)
Producers: Oleksandra Kostina, Klaudia Smieja, Laura Briand

“Pamfir” project was developed at the number of screenwriting workshops:

  • TorinoFilmLab (Script&Pitch), Ghent (Belgium), Brignogan (France), Torino (Italy)
  • MIDPOINT Intensive, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
  • Locarno Film Academy, Locarno, Switzerland

“Pamfir” project was financed by national and international funds:

  • Ukrainian state film agency (the winning project of 11th pitch), Ukraine
  • Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, Ukraine
  • Aide aux cinémas du monde | CNC, France
  • Hubert Bals Fund (HBF+Europe program), The Netherlands
  • Visions Sud Est (Switzerland)
  • Polish Film Institute (Poland)

Participation of the “Pamfir” project in international pitches:

  • Cinefondation pitching (Cannes Film Festival, France)Sofia Meetings (Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria)
  • Industry Section Pitching (Odesa International Film Festival, Ukraine)
  • Boat meeting (Molodist International Film Festival, Ukraine)

Course’s philosophy

The proportion of theory and practice on the Terrarium Intensive Course 2021 – 30/70. Lectures take place at the stage when all participants pass a certain module with the lecturer. Classes aim at students acquiring new tools through structural analysis and practical tasks. “Tools” – a universal means of acquiring any skills, not as a rule, but as a means to achieve goals. The work will be based on the principle of “scriptdoctoring”, each of the participants will be given an analysis of their texts with individual examples to improve their “tools”. Thus, each of the participants will be able to develop independently and in accordance with his/her level of experience.

The course consists of a monthly module. The module has a theoretical part and practical tasks based on the theoretical part.

The selection of participants is based primarily on the proposed project.
Scripts at different stages of development are allowed. Up to 15 feature film scripts are selected on a competitive basis.



Start – April 24, 2021

Duration – 4 months


Tuesday – start at 19.00 (2 hours)
Thursday – start at 19.00 (2 hours)
Saturday – start at 12.00 (4 hours)




7000 UAH/ 1 month* (special offers for those who pay for the entire course at once).

*discount for Terrarium participants

Coordinator’s contact details

Phone: +380 96 521 71 47
E-mail: terrariumintensive@gmail.com

Course’s topics

(For Screenwriters)

  • Script structure.
  • Where to get a basis for scripts. Empathy and experience.
  • Documentary research of the chosen topic for writing the script.
  • Work with selected topics.
  • Logline. Synopsis. Treatment. (Rules of writing and application requirements of to various funds)
  • Scene. Scene – frame. The films that were shot in one frame.
  • Episode. A set of techniques from scene to scene (increasing the dynamics and growing interest in history)
  • Narrative and canonical three-act structure. (Exposition, Inciting incident and action development. Culmination)
  • Event.
  • Turning points.
  • Obstacles.
  • Genre. Film language at the stage of writing the script.
  • Adaptation of a literary work. Working with prose text.
  • Examples of free screenwriting. Violation of generally accepted rules. Screenwriter. Screenwriter-director.
  • Plot. Meta plot. The plot in the painting.
  • The finale of the film. Last scene (frame).
  • Types of conflicts.
  • Character. Character development. Motivation. Behavior. Evolution. Character’s arch.
  • Character types. Analysis. Habits. Supporting characters.
  • Dissonant behavior of the character, the norm and deviance in the movie.
  • Formal reception.
  • Dialogue in cinema.
  • Suspense and emotion. Methods of influencing the viewer.
  • Detail in the script and on the screen. «Pars pro toto»
  • “Parsing” the text with the actor. (Parsing ready-made scripts.)
  • Script readings.

(For Screenwriters-Directors)

  • From short film to feature film.
  • Screenwriter during the filming process and editing. Collaboration of screenwriter and director.
  • The atmosphere of the film. Directing as a way to create your own worlds with special laws and “physics”.
  • Method. Techniques and “tricks”. Work behind the scene. Rehearsal.
  • Copyright.
  • Preparation for pitch.
  • Programs for project development. Script workshops.
  • Project financing at the development stage and financing funds for international projects.

Practical Assignments

  • Each lesson will have a general task and several smaller individual tasks for each participant.
  • The list of movies you must watch. Sometimes these films will be different for everyone depending on what the screenwriter is working on. The analysis will be made based on the film examples.
  • The course is based on practical classes, so works and practical screenwriting assignments of participants will be constantly analyzed as well as various reference films.
  • Tasks will include practical analysis and research.

Course's guest speakers

Lukyan Halkin

Producer and Film Critic
Tetiana Lifer

Lawyer, Copyright Specialist
Maksym Kurochkin

Dennis Ivanov

Oleksandr Mykhed

Literary Critic, Writer