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  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: Barbara Cox (subject to change)
  • Assessment: a character profile of 500 words (0%), 10-minute script, which consists of a complete story in correct script format (75%) and evaluation essay of at least 1000 words (25%)

Module description

In film and TV drama, everything starts with the script. In this module we introduce you to the basic principles and practice of screenwriting, and consider the dual function of a script as both a piece of creative writing and a set of instructions for the production team, actors and director.

You will gain practical experience of creating, developing and writing script projects, so that you develop both screenwriting skills and a general insight into the development and production processes, as well as a wider knowledge of existing film and TV drama.

Indicative syllabus

  • What's different about writing for the screen?
  • What does a script look like and why?
  • Characterisation and character motivation
  • The importance of a strong beginning to your story
  • Using visual elements and sound
  • Story structure and story order
  • Planning a script
  • Research
  • Dialogue
  • Genre and tone
  • The script in production