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Showcase Spotlight: MA Screenwriting

Illustrated by Humiraa Firdaws. Image provided by Chris Leonard, MA Screenwriting.
Written by
Chloe Murphy
Published date
15 February 2021

Faced with uncertain times, our MA students have continued to adapt and innovate with true creativity.

In celebration of our Postgraduate Showcase, we’ll be sharing work from a range of graduating designers, thinkers and makers as they explore new, thoughtful and experimental approaches to creative communications.

MA Screenwriting

As one of the UK's leading film and TV scripting courses, MA Screenwriting at London College of Communication (LCC) introduces students to the foundations of contemporary industry practice through a range of practical and theoretical contexts.

With opportunities to develop feature film, television and radio narratives, students are supported to hone their own unique voice while developing key scriptwriting and research skills. Throughout the course, they build their understanding of narratives, structure, characters and worlds, developing their own strong, industry-relevant portfolios while opening doors into script reading, script editing and script development work.

MA Screenwriting | Postgraduate Showcase

During Lockdown, the graduating MA Screenwriting Class of 2020 were given a 10-day collaborative task to brainstorm, write, script edit, shoot and record a short drama on Zoom. They rose to the challenge, casting friends, relatives and actors to turn the restrictions of the medium to their advantage. Some chose to explore pandemic anxiety and loneliness, while others found comedy in their new rules. All tell a brief tale that illuminates our contemporary zeitgeist.

Image credit: Chris Leonard, MA Screenwriting.

Chris Leonard

Chris Leonard is an ex-journalist and corporate communications professional who focuses on telling inspiring and engaging stories to wider audiences. He is particularly interested in narratives around individuals finding a purpose to their lives, and learning how to embrace change.

Examples of Chris' work include the feature-length script, Ripples of Romania, which is set in the 1990s. Inspired by the true story of a Somerset hairdresser who pivoted to supporting Romanian orphans, the comedy drama demonstrates how one person has the ability to bring people together in her family, her village and across Europe.

A black and white graphic which reads: 'Cake and Bubbles'.
Image credit: Isidora Marras Bronfman, MA Screenwriting.

Isidora Marras Bronfman

Isidora Marras is a Chilean director, screenwriter and editor. In 2014, she was one of 20 directors chosen for the inaugural Global Directors Initiative at FOX. Her first feature, I AM NOT LORENA, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, and was also shown at a range of other film festivals across the globe.

Cake and Bubbles is an example of one of Isidora's projects from her time on MA Screenwriting, and follows a conversation between siblings as a sister discovers a small earthquake has rocked their hometown. Isidora explores familal relationships through a conversation affected by both the physical distance of 2 time zones, and the emotional distance of emotional ties.

Image credit: Robin Baxter, MA Screenwriting.

Robin Baxter

Robin Baxter is a screenwriter who explores the formats of both feature films and television episodes. His work uses genre frameworks to tell human stories, entertaining audiences with thought-provoking themes.

Examples of Robin's postgraduate work include The Red Globe, a TV crime drama focusing on the hunt for a serial killer inspired by Shakespeare; Phoenix, a sci-fi/action feature film which follows a traumatised MI5 agent returning to the field through time travel; and A Civilised Political Discussion, a comedy short filmed on Zoom which explores the nuances of fictional marketing professionals from the UK's major political parties.

Illustrated by Chunhui Sheng. Image courtesy of Adam Sorrell, MA Screenwriting.

Adam Sorrell

Screenwriter Adam Sorrell aims to develop enthralling, humorous and heartfelt stories across a number of genres, including drama, sci-fi, thrillers, and comedy.

His major film script, Love Smacked, explores the relationship between a lonely English boy with a hero complex and a sarcastic pen-pal from France. After choosing to run away from the looming responsibilities of adulthood, the boy and his companion are forced to evade chaos from a number of antagonists as their imaginations gradually fall back to earth.

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