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Ideas for Successful Scriptwriting

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Mark Aitken


No story or screenplay is entirely original. Every story echoes others that came before it. Over 14 steps, this unique and innovative course offers techniques and skills to connect your writing with successful themes and ideas.

We will provide clear and practical strategies, including critical analysis of films and devising creative writing templates that ensure your ideas are developed to their full potential. We’ll also embrace and utilise other art-forms to stimulate and develop unified concepts. You will leave the course with at least one well developed story that may be taken into production.

Topics covered

  • A greater awareness of archetypes and character transformation in storytelling and film.
  • Experience of shared authorship and ideas development.
  • An appreciation of both theoretical and intuitive analysis of storytelling and film.
  • An ability to produce work that corresponds with the greater canon of storytelling and film.
  • At the end of the course, we intend for you to have greater confidence as a storyteller and writer.

Who should take this course?
Most creative careers involve storytelling so this is very much an upskilling course. Suitable for writing, advertising, film, TV, painting, photography.

Entry requirements: Good English is required but previous experience in scriptwriting isn't necessary.

Level: All levels

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Mark Aitken's practice includes film, photography and writing. Born in New Zealand, raised in South Africa, Mark moved to the UK to study art. His award winning documentaries have been broadcast internationally. With a reputation for striking visual elements and sound design along with complex themes, the most recent of which produced in a mental asylum run by its own patients being exemplary.  
Mark has lectured at Goldsmiths University in London and runs a non-profit that’s produced over forty films. He’s a published author and hosts a radio series on Resonance fm. Mark is currently working on a PhD and upcoming projects.

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Please bring to the first session:

Pen and paper or a laptop/ipad.

Students are encouraged to bring in a film, book, poem, painting, photograph - anything that might be a starting point for your story. The course is very open to all art forms.

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