Media and film studies
Writing for the Screen
Module code: 872P4
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Workshop, Practical
Assessment modes: Coursework
The module will cover topics including:
- The essentials of storytelling: what do all stories have in common?
- What is a Screenplay?: is it a Blueprint? Literature? How is it formatted?
- The restorative act structure
- Alternatives to the restorative act structure
- Creating convincing characters
- What is motivation?: how does it manifest?
- Dialog and the art of subtext
- Writing visually: writing stage direction for spec scripts
- Script reports: how to analyse a script
- Script readings and feedback
Module learning outcomes
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the stages required for planning and producing a completed script;
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the practice of screenwriters and their use of script formats, conventions and narrative structures;
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relation between the script and film production;
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a critical approach to narrative in films based on an advanced reading of scriptwriting techniques, practices and narrative theory
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how to review and analyse your own and others¿ work in a professional manner.