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Introduction to Screenwriting
Transfer ideas from your head onto the written page. Consider character motivations as you experiment with their story arcs and relationships. See how scripts use structure, genre, foreshadowing and motifs to create and fuel drama.
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- 01 Jun 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- identify and apply key technical and creative craft skills and concepts in screenwriting for drama
- analyse a range of screenwriting techniques, elements and approaches
- ability to create a short drama film script by applying relevant screenwriting techniques and story development concepts
- critically reflect on own practice and others.
- Story Instincts & Concepts: Introduction
- Stories on film
- Images, words and sounds
- Narrative structure models
- Theme and plot
- Asking the dramatic question: story premise & action
- Character: point of view, intention and motivation
- Character Arcs & Relationships: dialogue, subtext, performance
- Story Development in the digital era
- Writing Styles & Genre - comedy & tragedy & breaking the rules
- Symbols, Objects & Motifs
- Endings & Beginnings: foreshadowing, set ups & payoffs
Note: Level 2 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 subjects or other relevant experience.
No special requirements
The subject examines screening writing techniques and practices in how to develop and create a narrative screenplay for drama production across a range of genres.
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- Webinar contribution and presentation (40%)
- Digital story concept (20%)
- Formal writing: first draft screenplay (40%)
Writing the Short Film
Cooper, P and Dancyger, K