Write a screenplay in a week! This fun and interactive course will explore the process of writing for screen, from idea to finished script. It will show how to generate ideas, develop a story for visual drama, flesh out characters, write sparkling dialogue, and get it all down in professional script format. No previous experience necessary – just bring enthusiasm and imagination.
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.
Write a Short Film Script
- Ideas Generation - What constitutes a good idea for a film story? Students will work in groups to research and develop ideas.
- How a Film Story Works - Lecture, film clips and discussion on the key screenwriting topics of story development and film structure.
- Developing Your Story and Plot - In guided writing exercises, students work in groups and individually to plan their story and then plot their film (includes peer-to-peer class feedback session)
- Character Design and Visual Storytelling - Create dramatic characters for their own story and make them live and speak.
- Write your story for the visual medium - Imagery, symbolism and how to write action.
- Writing the Treatment - Polishing and presenting your script (individual or group feedback session).
Lectures and analysis of clips/script excerpts, practical exercises to work on individually and in groups to master the skills demonstrated.
Cooper, P., & Dancyger, K., 2004,(Third Edition) Writing The Short Film. UK: Focal Press.
Vogler, C., 2007, (Third Edition) The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structures for Storytellers and Screenwriters, USA: Michael Wiese.
Goldman, W., 1996, Adventures in the Screen Trade, UK: Abacus.
Class handouts will be provided.
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