OverviewThis module offers students an introduction to the terms, ideas and craft, involved in the creation of screenplays. Screenwriting is a unique form of writing with very different concerns from the novel, theatre and radio. Although the screenplay is a vital component of a film's success, it tends to be neglected as a separate art form.
In this module we explore the conventions of dramatic structure, new narrative forms and short film variations. Students are encouraged to think critically about screenplay writing and will have an opportunity to write their own screenplay. A selection of writing exercises have been designed to take them through the writing process; from preparation and initial concept to final draft.
The emphasis here will be on practical knowledge and support as students uncover their creative voice. This module does not aim to provide vocational training for students wishing to pursue careers in the feature film or television industries.
This module appears in:
Total contact hours: 33
Private study hours: 267
Total study hours: 300
Method of assessment
Essay (2000 words) (30%)
Research File (20%)
Aronson, Linda (2000). 21st Century Screenplay. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
Dancyger, Ken, and Cooper, Patricia (2005). Writing the Short Film. 2nd ed. Burlington, MA: Focal Press.
Horton, Andrew (1994). Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay. Berkeley: University of California Press..
McKee, Robert (1997). Story. New York: Focal Press.
Parker, Phillip (1998). The Art and Science of Screenwriting, Bristol: Intellect.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Obtain a knowledge and critical understanding of the history of Screenwriting and understand the techniques of practical screenwriting in order to creatively develop an idea from concept to completed screenplay.
- Have an ability to apply historical, theoretical and aesthetic approaches to a range of different examples of screenwriting of which a critical understanding will enhance their overall capacity for theoretical analysis of films.
- Develop an awareness of significant methods of enquiry and be able to evaluate their relevance to understanding the role of Screenwriting in the film-making process.
- Develop a structured understanding of the development process.
- Demonstrate an ability to devise a short film script based on a sustained engagement with key processes, practices and theoretical insight.
- Develop the capacity to engage in productive critical reflection on the screenwriting process with other class members in group situations.