Getting Started in Screenwriting


Course description

It is one thing to write a great story for film, television or new media, it is another matter to have it produced. This course covers the fundamentals of screenwriting and the common mistakes made by beginners. The theme of the course is avoiding common mistakes, endless rewrites, and eliminating pre-conceived notions about the art.

It will focus on creating a commercially viable story that will meet the requirements for potential success. This includes choosing the best genres, creating characters that will attract bankable actors, writing for budget and distribution, proper structure and formatting and creating strong emotional connections with the audience.

We will also explore resources, tools, software and the emerging new media where companies such as Netfix are challenging the supremacy of the studio model. We will also look at the changing technology in the craft that can make low budget films look larger than life.

The course has a number of exercises where you will analyse scripts and compare them with finished productions to get a better understanding of the evolution of the writing process.

You will also learn how to outline your stories so they can create a treatment in various formats to register your ideas and to serve as a pitch document.

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