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This fun and practical course guides those with a basic knowledge or experience of screenwriting in more advanced creative writing techniques. It will explore structure, character, scene writing, dialogue and screen forms in detail, and enable you to develop marketable story concepts.
Students should have either a basic theoretical knowledge of screenwriting or some limited personal experience of writing scripts. It is an ideal continuation for those who have studied the Screenwriting - an Introduction to Writing for Film and TV course, but this is not a prerequisite.
Lectures, screenings and analysis of clips/script excerpts. Students will be given practical exercises to work on individually and in groups to master the skills demonstrated.
By the end of the course students should be able to:
McKee, R., 1997. Story, Harper Collins.
Vogler, C., 1999. The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structures for Storytellers and Screenwriters, Pan.
Edelstein, L., 1999. The Writer’s Guide to Character Traits, Writer’s Digest Books.
Tierno, M.,2002. Aristotle’s Poetics for Screenwriters, Hyperion.
Drew's Script-O-Rama (Hundreds of movie and TV scripts to download and read) - http://www.script-o-rama.com/index.shtml
Done Deal (Resource for screenplay, pitch, treatment sales and more) - http://www.scriptsales.com
Screen Daily (Daily updates from the screen trade) - http://www.screendaily.com
Qwertyuiop (Screenwriting magazine) - http://www.qwertyuiop.net
Back-up notes, information and practical guidelines will be handed out at every class.
Open Studies 10 credit courses have one assessment. Normally, the assessment is a 2000 word essay, worth 100% of the total mark, submitted by week 12. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40%. There are a small number of exceptions to this model which are identified in the Studying for Credit Guide.
If you choose to study for credit you will need to allocate significant time outwith classes for coursework and assessment preparation. Credit points gained from this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher Education.
Please see the Open Studies Studying for Credit Guide for details about credit study, assessments and marking criteria. Full details are available from Reception.
Let our Student Guidance Officer know if you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study an Open Studies course or complete assessments. Please contact Reception to arrange a confidential appointment with her. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Disability Discrimination Act.