Screenwriting: First StepsCity University London
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- Short course
- Islington (Inghilterra)
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The student will be able to:
Acquire the basic tools to write a feature script
Gain an understanding of screenplay structure
Learn how to write character outlines, an outline and treatment for a feature script
Gain an understanding of the professional and industry aspects of screenwriting
Week 1What is a screenplay? Writing a visual world
Exercises and analysis of shooting scripts in different styles with clipsWeek 2Elements of a screenplay contd
Filmic elements and film grammar with clips and exercisesWeek 3Character (and conflict)
Character work; protagonists and antagonists; how characters create the drama. With clipsWeek 4The 3 Act 8 Sequence structure
(with pitfalls of this approach!) - film analysisWeek 5Review and regroup
Writing exercises with clipsWeek 6Focussing your Idea
'Form' - shorter? Longer? Genre? Drama?
Pitches and one pager exercise.Week 7Writing dialogue and creating 'space'
Functions of dialogue in film With clips.
ExercisesWeek 8Sculpting in Time
Working with time in film writing; transitions, with clips
ExercisesWeek 9Week 9 - Symbolism and iconography
Poetic cinema…with clips
Writing Comedy Week 10Industry
Scriptwriting as a collaborative form: working with script editors, financiers, directors; producers and other writers (guest lecture)
Teaching and Assessment
The student will:
Demonstrate writing visually
Acquire the basic tools to write a feature script, Analyse screenplay structure
Write character outlines, an outline and treatment for a feature script
Understand professional and industry aspects of screenwriting
Prepare a pitch for an idea
Analyse both shooting scripts and films of varying genres and identified the screenwriting techniques involved
Worked on practical exercises in developing character outlines, a treatment, dialogue, sample...