Free Complete Screenwriting Course from University College Falmouth

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Our screenwriting unit is designed to build your knowledge about story telling and focuses on the writing of TV, radio, short film and feature film scripts. Whilst primarily dealing with forms of dramatic fiction, you’ll also look at documentary and documentary drama. You’ll analyse different forms of script writing and screen writing, the elements they have in common and the specific tools that can help to deliver better scripts in each medium.

Week 1: Screenwriting – Introduction to Screenwriting

Tutor: Jane Pugh

Purpose / Aim of this session:
Our first week’s work is two fold:

In Part One: We will discuss what is scriptwriting, what does a scriptwriter do, and how do they do it? Finding ideas and choosing your subject, research and where inspiration comes from.

In Part Two: You will begin to write and develop a portfolio of ideas.

For this session you will need…

- A note pad and pen.

There are a total of four exercises we would like you to complete, one of which is ongoing. You can either listen to the lecture in full and then complete the exercises, or pause the lecture to complete the exercises as you go along.

For more information about this session, assignments and how to post your work, please visit: http://openspace.falmouth.ac.uk/courses/ma-professional-writing/screenwriting-unit/session-1-%E2%80%93-introduction-screenwriting

Week 2: Screenwriting – The Principles of Screenwriting

Tutor: Jane Pugh

A scriptwriter is a storyteller, like a novelist, playwright or short story writer. To write a screenplay you must be a craftsperson, which can be taught, and talented that cannot be taught — but it can be nutured and developed. The craft helps you understand and apply screen language, the talent is the ability to interpret the world around you, coherently, creatively, dramatically, with meaning and originality. If you can achieve all that you’re a writer whether you are paid to write or not. To help you achieve this let’s spend this week looking at dramatic structure.

For more information about this session, assignments and how to post your work, please visit: http://openspace.falmouth.ac.uk/courses/ma-professional-writing/screenwriting-unit/session-2-principles-screenwriting

Week 3: Screenwriting – Theme

Tutor: Jane Pugh

Purpose/Aim of this Session:
Welcome to Week Three but before starting let’s recap:

In week one we looked at IDEAS

In week two we looked at the THREE ACT STRUCTURE

And you have tackled a short story for your homework that follows the three-act structure.

Now we are ready to explore THEME and start developing ideas for your portfolio.

For more information about this session, assignments and how to post your work, please visit: http://openspace.falmouth.ac.uk/courses/ma-professional-writing/screenwriting-unit/session-3-theme

Week 4: Screenwriting – Dramatic Forms and Genres

Tutor: Jane Pugh

Purpose/Aim of this Session:
In this session we will study different dramatic forms and genres . We also look at inspiring films and filmmakers. By combining theme with dramatic form, we will explore ways of finding your own voice.

For more information about this session, assignments and how to post your work, please visit: http://openspace.falmouth.ac.uk/courses/ma-professional-writing/screenwriting-unit/session-4-dramatic-forms-and-genres

Week 5: Screenwriting – Character Development

Tutor: Jane Pugh

Purpose / Aim of this session:
Welcome to Session five of our online course. In this session we will be looking at one of our favourite aspects of screenplay writing — character development. Who are your characters, how do they think, feel and act?

This session has been split into two parts:

Part one — Discovering your character
Part two — Realising your character within your script

For more information about this session, assignments and how to post your work, please visit: http://openspace.falmouth.ac.uk/courses/ma-professional-writing/screenwriting-unit/session-5-character

Week 6: Screenwriting – Writing Dialogue

Tutor: Jane Pugh

Purpose / Aim of this Session:
Welcome to our sixth session where we will explore the craft of dialogue.

For more information about this session, assignments and how to post your work, please visit: http://openspace.falmouth.ac.uk/courses/ma-professional-writing/screenwriting-unit/session-6-dialogue

Week 7: Screenwriting – Storytelling

Tutor: Jane Pugh

Purpose / Aim of this Session:
Welcome to week seven where we will explore visual and atmospheric storytelling throughout a scene and a script.

For more information about this session, assignments and how to post your work, please visit: http://openspace.falmouth.ac.uk/courses/ma-professional-writing/screenwriting-unit/session-7-visual-and-atmospheric-storytelling

Week 8: Screenwriting – Writing for Alternative Media

Tutor: Jane Pugh

Purpose / Aim of this Session:
Welcome to Week Eight where we will explore different areas of, let’s call it, the Moving Image Industry because there are lots of non traditional opportunities in an ever changing and expanding industry if you know where to look.

In this session we will get you started with a brief run down of the different opportunities and the details of one organisation that works in this field.

For more information about this session, assignments and how to post your work, please visit: http://openspace.falmouth.ac.uk/courses/ma-professional-writing/screenwriting-unit/session-8-alternative-media

Week 9: Screenwriting – Outlines and Treatments

Tutor: Jane Pugh

Purpose / Aim of this Session:
Part One: Outlines and treatments.

Part Two: Is Your Big Idea Big Enough?

For most of this session we will look at your idea for your final project but first we’d like to turn your attention to Outlines and Treatments and step outlines.

With this session in mind, we recommend reading How to Make Money from Scriptwriting by Julian Friedmann published by Boxtree. Friedmann, a well established agent, was instrumental in starting the Screenwriter’s Festival and runs courses for script editors.

For more information about this session, assignments and how to post your work, please visit: http://openspace.falmouth.ac.uk/courses/ma-professional-writing/screenwriting-unit/session-9-outlines-and-treatments

Week 10: Screenwriting – The Professional Screenwriter

Tutor: Jane Pugh

Purpose / Aim of this Session:
Welcome to session ten in which we will assign you mini-research projects.

In this our final session we need to turn our attention to the outside world, away from the relative sanctuary of the security of studying. It’s an exciting time and a scary time but before you embark on your journey let’s plot a route.

In this session we will be focusing on agents, producers, broadcasters, opportunities, and how to conduct yourself as a writer. For this session, we must to largely put aside the creativity of a writer and view of ourselves as business people.

For more information about this session, assignments and how to post your work, please visit: http://openspace.falmouth.ac.uk/courses/ma-professional-writing/screenwriting-unit/session-10-working-professional-screenwriter