In this course, students will come up with an idea for a film or short play. They will write a treatment, short story or synopsis based on this initial concept, and shape the story into a script. Through the workshop process, story ideas will be subject to critique, and students will be encouraged to develop their early drafts. Lectures will address theoretical and practical concerns involved in writing stories, screenplays, film and drama scripts, and will examine several relevant examples. The course will include some consideration of the practical processes involved in the production of screenplays and plays.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- write a screenplay treatment or play synopsis, and a screenplay or play utilising correct and effective style and formatting;
- develop the treatment or synopsis into a screenplay or short play script, integrating suggestions from writing workshops, and/or utilising analysis of published or other students’ creative work to modify their own;
- research and analyse a produced screenplay and film, or a work of drama;
- describe, analyse and make editorial suggestions for peers’ prose, screenplays and short plays; and
- reflect on your own creative work in relation to its translation of prose to script (either screenplay or short play), their writing process, and works (filmic or theatrical) in similar styles or genres.
- Portfolio of creative work comprising drafts and rewrites of a treatment and screenplay or stage play (3500 words) (50) [LO 1,2,5]
- Reading journal (500 words) (15) [LO 4]
- Essay (1000-1500 words) (25) [LO 3,5]
- Draft story, treatment or synopsis (10) [LO 1]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of tutorials.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Lill, Michael, Dreams in Crowded Rooms (short play)
Proulx, Annie, McMurtry, Larry, and Ossana, Diana. 'Brokeback Mountain: Story to Screenplay'
van den Berg, Dylan, 'Milk
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