An INTRODUCTION to screenwriting. Why you should become a writer and what
level of commitment is needed to succeed.
Week 2: FINDING YOUR VOICE. Who are you? What fascinates
you? We help release your personal voice.and the unique story that is
already bubbling inside you.
Week 3: A HISTORY OF DRAMATURGY. We discuss the essence
of story and its function in society, from Aristotle to the modern 90-minute
movie we know today.
Week 4: The AUDIENCE. They decide the success of your
movie; we will help you identify the audience you want to write for and
ensure you communicate to them as clearly as possible.
Week 5: Inventing the HIGH CONCEPT. We make sure your
movie has a hook, or catchy premise, that will be written on the billboard
to draw audiences into the cinema.
Week 6: Identifying THEME. This is what your film is
really about, the message that the audience takes away, and why they urge
their friends to go and see it.
Week 7: Understanding GENRE. An essential framework which
positions your film in the market, we analyse all the major genres and
reveal which are most successful for first time writers.
Week 8: Learning PLOT STRUCTURE. The essential tool for
communicating story, we explain the major events driving a story forward
and propelling the audience to the climax.
Week 9: Focus on CHARACTERS. Learn to clearly identify
your hero and your villain, and discover the other interesting characters
that enrich screen stories.
Week 10: SEGMENTS. See how eight short films make a feature,
each with a beginning, middle and end, and a hook to pull the audience
through to the next stage.
Week 11: SCENES - the events that make up the meat of
your film. We show you how to make scenes dramatic so that the events
have a causal relationship and build in tension.
Week 12: How to write OUTLINE'S & TREATMENT'S. To
sell your movie, you'll need some form of summation of your story - essential
for submission to producers and funding bodies, also the best way to clarify
your ideas before committing precious time and energy to a full script.
Week 13: PITCHING. It is crucial to be able to present
your story in a concise and dramatic way. This prepares you for professional
meetings and enables you to practice your idea quickly and effectively.
Week 14: STORY FORM & FORMATING how to recreate the
movie experience on the page and the correct presentation of your script.
This is essential for attracting interest from a film company who will
want to read your script before getting involved any further. Film companies
will not even look at your script if it is formatted incorrectly - don't
let all your hard work go to waste.
Week 15: DIALOGUE. If characters spoke in films as we
speak in real life, we would be asleep in minutes. We will teach you handy
techniques for writing dialogue that leaps off the page.
Week 16: HOW TO WRITE A SCRIPT IN 3 WEEKS - scheduling
the writing process and going through what should be on each page of your
script -a chance to recap.
17: SELLING YOUR PRODUCT - now you have a finished script you
are ready to go out and sell it. Discover how to get funding, go to festivals,
build relationships with producers, and copyright your script in the UK
and the US.