• A part-time course taught over 20 weeks.
• Over 40 hours of contact time
• Next runs Spring Semester 2019 • 12th January – May 7th
• Starting with a taught weekend in Stratford-Upon-Avon followed by 12 x 2 hour live, online, virtual classes on Tuesday evenings.
• Learn about every stage of the screenwriting process from initial idea to fourth draft script.
• Suitable for beginners, no previous experience is required.
• Fees from £750
A detailed course schedule and syllabus for Spring Semester 2019 is below.
Each student will develop and complete a 15-20 minute short-form script (Short Form = short film, webcast comedy, viral video, sketches etc)
WHAT WILL YOU STUDY?
You will be introduced to the concepts of screenwriting through the process of writing a short film. Week by week you will develop your script from a three line premise to a 20 page script. Each week you will receive notes and feedback on your script from the course tutor.
You will be introduced step-by-step to the screenwriting process and to the function and format of the different types of documents used in that process including pitches, outline proposals, step outlines, treatments and scripts.
You will be introduced to the concepts of narrative logic, three act structure, rising jeopardy and to professional techniques for creating successful characters and dialogue.
This course is open enrolment and there are no entry requirements. However, to get the most out of the course, you should be able to both speak and write in English to a reasonable standard.
Minimum Age: 18 at start of course.
Required Equipment: To study on this course you will need
- A computer with webcam and microphone
- Evening access to a fast broadband connection
- Daily access to an email account
FIRST COME FIRST SERVED: In order to make enrolment as fair as possible and to enhance your learning experience, please be aware that we have a maximum of 15 places available for each course and operate a first come, first served basis.
101 • Introduction to Screenwriting • Detailed Schedule And Syllabus:
|Saturday 12th January 11-5||Day 1 Intro To Screen Story
• The origin of story and why it matters
• The meaning(s) of screen stories
|Sunday 13th January 10-4||Day 2 Intro To Screen Story
• The history of story on screen
• Story, plot & theme
|Tuesday January 15th||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 1
• The Premise
|Tuesday January 22||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 2
• Three act structure
|Tuesday January 29||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 3
• The Outline Proposal
|Tuesday February 5||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 4
|Tuesday February 12||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 5
• The Step Outline
|Tuesday February 19||Writing Week|
|Tuesday February 26||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 6
|Tuesday March 5||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 7
• Backstory and subplot
|Tuesday March 12||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 8
• The Treatment
|Tuesday March 19||Writing Week|
|Tuesday March 26||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 9
|Tuesday April 2||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 10
• The Script
|Tuesday April 9||Writing Week|
|Tuesday April 16||Writing Week|
|Saturday April 20th||Feedback Saturday|
|Tuesday April 23||Writing Week|
|Tuesday April 30||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 11
• What next? Getting your script read
|Tuesday May 7||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 12
• What next? Festivals and screenings