Media and film studies

Writing the Short Film

Module code: P5010
Level 4
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, 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 will also consider other screenwriting concepts including subtext, scene design and cinematic juxtaposition.

The practical part 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

  • Evaluate and apply different approaches to solving problems related to screenwriting.
  • Structure a narrative with effective plot points.
  • Develop well rounded characters.
  • Convey the principles of storytelling through the creation of a short film script.