Writing the Short Film (P5010)
15 credits, Level 4
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.
100%: Practical (Practical, Workshop)
100%: Coursework (Portfolio, Project)
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 106 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses: