The Scriptology Way
Screenwriting courses typically
start with lots of screenwriting theory from a lecturer at the front of the room(particularlythe 3 act structure which has been elevated from tool to gospel). After which you are expected to be able to write.
Without the experience and practice of screenwriting, an assault of unfamiliar information upfront is abstract, meaningless, and rather empty.
Screenwriting is a craft and the best way to develop skill in a craft is to practice it, you need to be allowed to explore, play and experiment with hands-on exercises.
Scriptology is about learning through doing, and in the process of doing we will unpack and discuss screenwriting theory at the point when it is most meaningful and useful, that is to say as and when you need it to help you further develop your screenplay and your ability.
This approach helps bridge the gap between notional understanding and something altogether more substantial.
Course Details: Film Writing Fundamentals
Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Starts: Suspended due to COVID.
Duration: 12 weeks.
Day & Times: Thursday 6.45pm - 8.45pm.
Location: University of Brighton, Grand Parade.
Fee: £250 - Early-Bird discount until 16th December.
£350 - Regular Fee after 16th December.
The short film is widely regarded as harder to write than the feature film and that is why shorts are still the proving ground for aspiring
screenwriters. This course then focusses on understanding and writing the
Shorts demand a real command of story, creativity and economy. Learning the discipline of telling a great story in 10 pages or less will equip you with agrasp of narrative, structure, scene-craft and compelling character arcs that will stand you in good stead should you wish to move on to longer screenplay forms.
Sessions will include exercises for developing the premise, theme, and story proposition, thinking and writing visually, how to create compelling characters and how to map the audiences emotional and intellectual journey through your screenplay.
At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to hear your script read by actors at a public rehearsed reading in a theatre. This is an incredibly useful tool for further developing your screenplay, and should you wish to re-draft your screenplay after the end of the course your tutor will happily provide a further set of feedback notes up to 1 month after the end of the course at no extra cost.
If you are developing a feature film treatment or script, please get in touch to discuss one-on-one creative coaching, and mentoring.