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This module provides you with an opportunity to write an extended piece of scripted work for film, television or multi-platform production and to develop that work through a process of workshopping. You will develop and extend your knowledge of screen writing and your understanding of the film/TV/multi-platform industries.

This module will give you an introduction to the study and practice of feature film storytelling. You will learn how to use appropriate dramatic narrative strategies to create original dramatic work. You will research your subject material and write extracts of a feature film.

Module Guide MED5003 Screenplay 2018-19.pdfModule Guide MED5003 Screenplay 2018-19.pdf

You will continue to learn how to write short film scripts and begin to study longer form scripts for TV. You will study a variety of short films and television programmes to understand how they are structured. You will create development documents and scripts/ script extracts based on original ideas of your own. The module will be a mix of lectures, workshops, practical writing sessions and online activity, encouraging you to become an effective learner and writer. 

Indicative Content will include: the viewing and analysis of short fiction films, the national and international contexts of film and TV production, the viewing and analysis analysis of television drama genre, creating outlines/treatments, developing characters, establishing protagonist desire, goal, objective, developing scenes, using flashbacks, developing sequences, using metaphor, creating montage, developing 3/5 Act structure, writing dialogue, understanding representation and ethical practice. These will be approached through 1) Workshops–online peer feedback and in class 2) Rewriting and working with tutor feedback.

This module develops and consolidates your ability to undertake a major research project. It explains the various approaches taken, indicating the epistemological differences between positivist and interpretive traditions. The two main approaches, quantitative and qualitative, will be explicated, exemplifying how data are collected and analysed within each of these areas, looking at the different conceptual frameworks and tools available, including software packages. Attention will also be paid to ensuring that research is ethical; that students are aware of disciplines’ codes of practice, ensuring, especially, that human participants are treated properly, that no unfair means are used, and that environmental and cultural issues are considered. Research skills will include: how to manage your project in terms of time, workload, and record-keeping; how to undertake an effective literature search including the use of digital resources; and, lastly, how to communicate your work effectively. However, to give this module more salience, each Cluster will develop these research skills within the context of its particular subject areas, emphasising cultural, historical, theoretical, conceptual and practical elements as necessary.

This module provides you with an opportunity to write an extended piece of scripted work for film, television or multi-platform production and to develop that work through a process of workshopping. You will develop and extend your knowledge of screen writing and your understanding of the film/TV/multi-platform industries.

This module will give you an introduction to the study and practice of feature film storytelling. You will learn how to use appropriate dramatic narrative strategies to create original dramatic work. You will research your subject material and write extracts of a feature film.

Module Guide MED5003 Screenplay 2018-19.pdfModule Guide MED5003 Screenplay 2018-19.pdf