BA PW38 Film and Creative Writing,
BA PW39 Film and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA PW88 Film and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA PWH8 Film and Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad)
This module introduces students to some of the practical and theoretical aspects of writing for the screen. It will investigate script form and structure in feature and short films, as well as examining techniques of ideas generation and creating memorable characters and plots.
Students will be expected to write their own short films, essays which reflect their understanding of screenwriting, and also participate in creative pitching and ideas development sessions. Preparation for and participation in the module will involve compulsory viewing of all the films, preferably at the scheduled time on campus, attendance at weekly two hour seminars, the reading of relevant extracts and screenplays as well as some creative homework.
The aims of this module are:
1. To introduce students to a range of screenwriting styles and contrasting approaches used to create original work.
2. To introduce students to some of the techniques used to construct a successful screenplay and to inspire them to create original stories in a cinematic context.
3. To enable students to find their voice and create engaging, original and thought provoking scripts.
4. To familiarise students with terminology used by screenwriters and to enable students to write a short film script.
5. To introduce students to how the film industry works from a writers perspective.
After successful completion of this module, students will:
* be competent in screenwriting.
* be fluent in the critical language used by screenwriters.
* be able to distinguish a variety of critical approaches to screenwriting.
* understand how to navigate the industry as a screenwriter.
Selected readings and extracts from:
Robert McKee, Story, Methuen, 1998.
Syd Field, Screenplay, Dell Pub. Co., 1994.
Ken Dancyer and Jeff Rush, Alternative Scriptwriting, Elsevier/Focal Press, 2007.
Christopher Booker, The Seven Basic Plots, Continuum, 2004.
William Goldman, Adventures in the Screen Trade, Abacus, 2010.
Linda J. Cowgill, Writing Short Films, St Martin's Press, 2005.
Patricia Cooper & Ken Dancyger, Writing the Short Film, Elsevier/Focal Press, 2005.
J.J. Murphy, Me and You and Memento and Fargo, Continuum, 2007.
Christopher Vogler, The Writers Journey, Michael Wiese Productions, 2007.
John Yorke, Into the Woods, Penguin 2013.
Annie Proulx, Close Range, Harper Collins 1999/2006
Groundhog Day, It Follows, American Beauty, The Fisher King, Whiplash, Reservoir Dogs, Juno,
Brokeback Mountain, The White Ribbon, Stranger Than Paradise, Barton Fink, Little Miss Sunshine, The Player, Adaptation.