Screenwriting - Intermediate
Are you serious about writing, but finding it difficult to finish a screenplay? Maybe you've finished a first draft but are struggling with the inevitable re-write- or you have several ideas and can't decide which are worth pursuing. If that's the case, then this is the course for you. Throw away your dull dialogue and hackneyed cliches and develop unstoppable narrative drive that delivers a climax which emotionally and viscerally fulfils your audience's deepest needs!
Over 10 weeks, we will look at practical screenwriting techniques for deepening your ideas and building them into a structured and satisfying screenplay.
You will learn techniques to help you create thematic unity and powerful image systems to bring out the deeper meaning of your story and explore innovative narrative technique to unleash creativity.
Who should take this course?
This course is for continuing or experienced writers who want fresh ideas, sympathetic feedback, and structured analysis in a collaborative and fun environment.
We recommend that you do our Screenwriting - Beginners short course or a similar course before enrolling on this intermediate course.
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.
For this course:
As part of your weekly assignments, you will be asked to view the films listed below (even if you have seen them before) which we will be analyzing in detail in class. I recommend that you buy or rent them in advance. For each session, it will also be useful if everyone brought writing material (though lecture notes will be sent out after each session).
The films are:
You Can Count on Me, American Beauty Groundhog Day Being John Malkovich, Pulp Fiction and Looper.
As this is an intermediate course, I will expect you to be familiar with and to submit your writing assignments in proper script format. This information is covered in my beginner's class, and I will not have time to cover the basics again, although we will be exploring advanced screenwriting grammar.
As well as 'industry standard' software such as Final Draft, there are a number of sites on the web which give you help with formatting, as well as free downloadable software programmes such as celtx.com. The important thing is not that you follow exact parameters, but that you understand the logic behind script formatting. The best way to do this is to read recent, properly formatted scripts: these can be downloaded free from sites such as www.simplyscripts.com' (although I will, whenever possible, send out pdfs of scripts to everyone in advance). It will help you to come with an idea you want to develop (or have begin to develop) into a full length feature script, but, most of all, come with an open mind.