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.