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Screenwriting 1: An Introduction to Writing for Film and Television (Online) (10 credit points)

Course Times & Enrolment

Mondays from 17th April 2023 (Code FM188-301) Add to Basket Mondays from
17th April 2023 11:00am - 1:00pm • (10 classes)
Online • Tutor: Douglas Dougan MA MAIE
£196.00 Concessions and discounts

Course Summary

This lively and interactive course will explore the process of script development and writing, from idea to script. It will show how to generate ideas, write a logline and plot synopsis, flesh out characters, structure the story as a screen drama, create a compelling narrative for visual drama, and get it all down in professional script format.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge or experience is needed but students should have an interest in film / television drama. The course will have a high practical element so students will need to be prepared to write and work with other students. It would benefit students if they could have watched the two set films prior to the course beginning: The Shawshank Redemption and Thelma & Louise. Students will also need to be able to confidently use videoconferencing software and be comfortable with using websites.

Special Information

In order to participate in this course, you will need access to a computer with a speaker, microphone and an internet connection.

Content of Course

1. Getting Started: introduction and ideas generation.

2. What is a script?

3. Writing for an audience.

4. Finding the Premise.

5. Advanced Story Development.

6. The structure and core elements of visual drama.

7. How your film story should work.

8. Writing the Synopsis.

9. Creating compelling characters.

10. Revealing Character through Story.

Teaching method(s)

This course will be taught through a combination of available materials and live online sessions. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Layout and present a script in a professional manner.

  • Develop an idea into a workable story.

  • Write effectively for film and television.

  • Critique scripts, diagnose problems and find solutions.

Sources

Core Readings

Essential:

  • Frensham, R.,1996. Teach Yourself Screenwriting, Hodder & Stoughton

  • Vogler, C., 1999. The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structures for Storytellers and Screenwriters, Pan

  • Goldman, W., 1996. Adventures in the Screen Trade, Abacus

  • Goldman, W., 2001. Which Lie Did I Tell?, Bloomsbury

Filmography:

  • Darabont, F., 1994. The Shawshank Redemption (film).

  • Boyle, D., dir., and Beaufoy, S., wr., 2008. Slumdog Millionaire (film).

  • Docter, P. & Peterson, B, 2009. Up (film).

Web Sources

http://www.script-o-rama.com/index.shtml

Drew's Script-O-Rama: hundreds of movie and TV scripts to download and read (for education purposes).

http://onlinescripts.cjb.net

Movie Scripts Online: professional movie and TV scripts.

Assessments

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.

Studying for Credit

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.

Queries

If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.