Screenwriting - Beginners
Can you tell a good story? Then the chances are you can write a screenplay. Like all good stories, film and television dramas have to be structured. They need to grab your attention and hold it until the last frame. Whether you want to write commercial screenplays or break the mould, this course will teach you the basic principles.
- We will work on taking your ideas and finding their dramatic structure, then understanding how they fit into a classic genre.
- You will then learn the building blocks of satisfying storytelling and how to use conflict, tension and momentum to create a gripping story.
- Weekly writing assignments will put these principles into practice, while class discussion will encourage collaboration and confidence in your own creativity.
Entry requirements: None
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
David Lemon's screenwriting credits include FAINTHEART (Film4) starring Eddie Marsan and the'The Man In Black' radio horror series starring Mark Gatiss. He has lectured on screenwriting at The National Film and Television School, The Metfilm School and The University of West London. He also produced documentaries on such classic British films asTHE 39 STEPS, THE RED SHOES and BRIEF ENCOUNTER.
There are no specific advance requirements for this course.
You are encouraged to come with an idea that you would like to develop into a film.
You may also wish to buy or rent a video or DVD of Little Miss Sunshine and The Apartment ahead of time, as you will be asked to watch these films as part of your homework (even if you have seen them before). Moviemail is recommended for an excellent online mail order service; they also have a huge back catalogue.