Screenplays form the starting point for most dramatic films, the essential work from which all other filmmaking flows. All of the tender romance, terrifying action and memorable lines begin at the screenwriter’s desk. This free online course will introduce you to the basic elements and key concepts behind a professional screenplay.
The University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing have built this course with instructors and recent alumni from their famed course in Creative Writing.
By the end of the An Introduction to Screenwriting course from University of East Anglia by FutureLearn , you'll be able to:
- Explore key issues in the practice of creating screenplays
- Explain the basic principles of the screenwriting process
- Identify the essentials of the screenplay format
- Discuss the construction of a professional script
- Design a story 'pitch'
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Programme StructureWhat topics will you cover?
- Basic characteristics of screen story
- Development of a basic storyline
- Story structures including The Three Act Structure and alternate story structures
- Characters and developing character outlines
- The construction of scenes including the role of dialogue and character voice
- The workflow for writing a first draft of feature film screenplay
- The process for screenplay formatting
- Writing – and finishing – a first draft
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- 14 days
Start dates & application deadlines
- No Attendance
- Proactive tutoring and support
- Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)
DisciplinesFilm, Photography & Media Creative Writing View 31 other Short Courses in Film, Photography & Media in United Kingdom
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
There are no formal requirements for this course, just an interest in screenwriting.
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InternationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 USD per year during 14 days.
NationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 USD per year during 14 days.
It's free to join and study this course, you have the option to upgrade and receive a digital and printed certificate for $54. Additional benefits can be reached via the Unlimited FutureLearn product.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.