Creating Film

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
31 March 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W900 Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film),
BA W900MV Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film)

Module description

This module, which builds on and expands the work from the first year, adds a further aspect to the students' progression in filmmaking as well as introducing students to writing for television.

As a complement to learning on other modules in directing for the camera and the practical aspects of filmmaking, in this module students will now be taught how to frame a narrative, generate dialogue, and create characters for a variety of purposes. The will see their writing realized via actors and experience the process of directing actors to perform a small script they have written.

Module aims

To introduce students to a range of screenwriting styles and contrasting approaches used to create original work
To introduce students to some of the techniques used to construct a successful screenplay
To enable students to find their voice and create engaging, original and thought provoking scripts
To familiarise students with terminology used by screenwriters.

Module learning outcomes

1. Understanding of the narrative structures and genre conventions used in the development of scripts
2. Ability to develop ideas into concepts, stories and scripts
3. Understanding of the critical language used by screenwriters.
4. Ability to critically analyse and edit your own work
5. Understanding of the differences of writing for different projects (TV / Film / Games)

Module information

Tasks set by the tutor with an accompanying portfolio of project work.
Portfolio of short writing assignments: 5 entries of 2 minute scenes (50%)
Short Film Script (not produced): 15 minutes script (50%)

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching will be predominately Seminar based, with screenings to take place on occasion. Students will meet with their tutor for 2 hours a week across the year but will be expected to be carrying out research and writing tasks independently outside of these hours.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Portfolio of short writing assignments    60% 
Coursework   Short film Script    40% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

Ms Rosalind Maddison
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Head of Production
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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