Media and film studies

Screenwriting

Module code: P5012
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Workshop, Practical
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module develops your understanding of the art and craft of screenwriting.

Your group will undertake a thorough investigation of plot structure, and develop a sophisticated understanding of character development and theme. You also consider other screenwriting concepts including subtext, scene design and cinematic juxtaposition.

The practical dimension of the module involves you writing a script for an 8-10 minute short film. Through guided writing exercises and viewings, you will work through a script development process that guides you from initial conception to the completion of a fully revised draft.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically understand the cultural conventions around storytelling.
  • Deploy key storytelling techniques through the creation of a short film script.
  • Effectively communicate detailed story analysis.
  • Critically assess and identify a creative text within a cultural context.