Script Writing (Screenwriting) 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Script Writing (Screenwriting) 100 Hours Certificate Course
This online course in Script Writing, otherwise known as Screenwriting is an excellent starting point for anyone who wishes to realise their dream of writing films, television shows, plays, radio presentations and computer games. It is also ideal for those involved in amateur dramatics, responsible for creating company presentations, training and public information productions. This course also covers script writing for the internet and for children's broadcasts.
Script Writing is often a freelance occupation, meaning that everyone having a talent for telling a story or having one to tell, can indulge their creative instincts even in their spare time.
Because screen writing involves a number of key personnel: Director, Editor, Production Crew and of course the Actors themselves, it is important that you include the aural, visual, behavoural and lingual information required, so that everyone understands how your story should be told. This is different to writing a book, where the audience is left to interpret the information for themselves. In addition, because script writing is a visual medium, you should show the audience your story (write visually), not tell them it as you would in a book. You should also remember the 5 S's: story, story telling, structure, sequences and spine.
Unless you have the financial resources to finance, produce and direct a project yourself, it is important to follow the rules of the game if you intend to submit a script to professional producers for consideration. Scripts that don't meet the correct criteria are likely to be filed in the bin and the correct protocols can even include sending them a set number of pages in a particular font type. Therefore, it is important to learn the rules of script writing and to use the correct language and film making definitions.
Whether you want to write professionally or as an amateur, Script Writing is an expertly written course, that will give you a solid foundation from which you can direct your creative skills in the best direction. And who knows how far this will take you? All great screen writers have to start somewhere, so start here with ADL.
Learning Goals: Script Writing (Screenwriting)
- Explain what script writing is and its many applications.
- Describe and compare techniques for plotting the story.
- Explain how to write the outline of a script and then write the script itself.
- Explain how to write good characters in your script.
- Explain the use of dialogue and sound effects in script writing
- Explain how to write for the internet, TV and film.
- Explain how to write for radio.
- Develop scripts for use in educational programs
- Develop scripts for an audience of children
- Develop scripts for an audience of children
- Develop an understanding of the business of script writing.
Lesson Structure: Script Writing (Screenwriting)
There are 11 lessons in this course:
1 Scope and Nature of Script Writing
- Introduction: what are scripts? where are scripts used?
- Writing scripts: The story you want to tell, one page one minute rule, visual, behavioural and aural story telling, show don't tell, handling time, formatting your script
- Abreviations: general abreviations, camera abreviations and terms for script writers, other terms
2 Plotting the screen play
- Introduction: types of stories
- What are the specifications? duration of the performance
- Developing the storyline: the story pyramid, creating a story board, techniques for plotting a story, fiction and creative non-fiction, non-fiction - educational, corporate, presentation writing
- Screen play formatting guide
3 Outline and Writing the Script
- Writing the outline: always outline, cliff hangers in a script, formatting outlines, how to write the script, formatting
- Writing good characters: building characters, character planning, character goal setting and motivation, character language
5 Use of dialogue and sound effects
- Dialogue in script writing
- Writing dialogue: dialogue tags, tips on writing dialogue, examples of dialogue
6 Writing for internet, TV and film
- Internet, TV and film: time frame, fiction or non-fiction, pace, sound effects, visuals, writing for TV, writing for film/screen writing, writing for the internet
7 Writing for Radio
- Radio and audio: components, voice, music, sound effects, hints, other points to consider
8 Writing for Training/instructional videos
- Training, instructional and audio: one person script, two person script, multiple persons script, scene, visual in training presentations
9 Writing for Children
- Broadcasts for children: fiction/non-fiction hybrids, socialisation, gender, roles and stereotyping
10 Writing for Advertising
Writing for Advertising: purpose of advertising, writing and analysing adverts, summary skills, tips for summarising, writing for informercials
11 The Business of Script Writing
- Commercial opportunity: start your own production business
- Ethical and legal considerations: the law, defamation
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Character Goal Setting and Motivation
A character’s goals and motivations help define who they are. If you don’t know what your character wants, it’s much harder to figure out what drives them, and what drives them is an integral part of who they are. This is especially important for your main character or characters. As you develop your profiles, ask:
• What is the most important thing in my character’s life? What do they need/want?
• Why is this the most important thing in his/her life?
• What does he/she want more than anything?
• Who does he/she love the most?
• What does he/she want to get at the end of this story?
• Why do they want to get it?
Example: Beauty and the Beast
Main characters: Beauty, the Beast
What is the most important thing in my character’s life?
Beauty: her father’s safety
Beast: having someone else in the castle
Why is this the most important thing in his/her life?
Beauty: Because she loves him, he’s her family
Beast: Because he’s lonely and angry
What does he/she want more than anything?
Beast: To break the spell
Who does he/she love the most?
Beauty: her father, later the Beast
Beast: himself, later Beauty
What does he/she want to get at the end of this story?
Beast: To break the curse
Why do they want to get it?
Beauty: to be herself
Beast: to be himself again
Note how the two characters have similar goals and motivations, but approach them differently. This helps us learn more about them as characters. The Beast in the story brought his fate on himself by being selfish and arrogant, and now he wants to be himself again – through the story, he learns to love someone more than he loves himself. Beauty, on the other hand, already loved someone more than herself, but wasn’t free to be herself. Who the characters are defines much of the story.
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