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Screenwriting: First Steps

City University London
Course summary
10 weeks
460 GBP
Part time
Next available date: 30/04/2020 - London
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Screenwriting: First Steps

Course description

Screenwriting: First Steps

Screenwriting can seem like a dauntingly technical form. This introduction to our Screenwriting short course teaches you how to write a film script, with plenty of writing exercises and analysis of scripts and films.

On completion of the course, you will have a set of tools for writing your own scripts: learning to write visually, working with character and conflict, and building narrative. The main focus is on screenwriting for the UK market but the US and European markets are also explored.

What will I learn?

You will be able to:

  • Acquire the basic tools to write a feature script
  • Gain an understanding of screenplay structure
  • Learn how to write character outlines, an outline and treatment for a feature script
  • Gain an understanding of the professional and industry aspects of screenwriting

Suitability - Who should attend?

Prerequisite knowledge

Some knowledge of films and/or filmmaking.

Training Course Content

  • Week 1 - What is a screenplay? Writing a visual world
  • Week 2 - Elements of a screenplay (continued)
  • Week 3 - Character and conflict – with clips
  • Week 4 - The 3 Act 8 Sequence structure
  • Week 5 - Review and Regroup
  • Week 6 - Focusing your idea
  • Week 7 - Writing dialogue and creating ‘space’
  • Week 8 - Sculpting in Time
  • Week 9 - Symbolism and iconography
  • Week 10 - Industry

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City University London

City University London

City, University of London is a special place. With skill and dedication, we have been using education, research and enterprise to transform the lives of our students, our community and the world for a hundred years. We are proud of...

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EC1V 0HB London

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