Module Title:   Scriptwriting

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   EM-0155D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 4

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Film & Media

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Media, Design and Technology

Principal Co-ordinator:   Peter Lassey

Additional Tutor(s):   Mark Illis

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

Aims:
To develop the ability of students to understand the range of approaches to scriptwriting and to understand the processes of script development. To understand the key concepts of narrative, character, dialogue and genre and generate their own scripts in appropriate formats.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Discussion of key concepts in writing for TV will be illustrated with the use of screenings from films and TV programmes. Students will then practise techniques in writing workshops. Work produced within these workshops will be peer assessed with support and guidance from the module tutor. The script will test the ability to apply the knowledge of all aspects of script development and the contribution in workshops will test the ability to give and receive constructive feedback.

Lectures:   4.00          Directed Study:   176.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   0.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   20.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Describe key concepts of narrative, character, dialogue, and genre;

Identify a range of approaches and formats used in scripting.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Produce a script written for an agreed format.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Give and receive constructive feedback.

  Coursework   90%
 
  Script for a short film for an agreed television genre or format.
  Coursework   10%
 
  Individual contribution to workshop sessions
  Coursework   90%
 
  Supplementary: A script for a short film for an agreed television genre or format.
  Coursework   10%
 
  Supplementary: 500 word critique of a script

Outline Syllabus:
Genres, television formats - soap, sitcom, drama, documentary, adaptations, short films;
Research and the script development process;
Storytelling and narrative;
Character and dialogue;
The protagonist/antagonist relationship;
Time, place, and meaning;
Story, act, scene, and beat;
Scripting conventions and formats;
`Scripting ` the documentary - treatment, transcription and editing;
From script to performance.


Key Texts

Field, Syd (2002) The Definitive Guide to Screenwriting, Ebury Press: London

Frensham, Ray (2003) Screenwriting, Hodder & Stoughton: London

Gates, Tudor (2002) Scenario: The Craft of Screenwriting, Wallflower: London

McKee, Robert (1999) Story, Methuen: London

Moritz, Charlie (2001) Scriptwriting for the Screen, Routledge: London
Snyder Blake (2005) Save the Cat! Michael Wiese Productions

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