#CA-03-01 An Introduction to Screenwriting
About CourseUniversity of East Anglia
Why join the course?
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.
Where could this course take me?
The course is a must for anyone new to scriptwriting and for more experienced writers who wish to raise their scriptwriting to a professional level. It will establish a common vocabulary for approaching the screenplay and form the basis for upcoming courses in dramatic adaptation, the crime screenplay, and other genres and skills.
What and how will I learn?
You’ll learn from a mixture of basic theory, script analysis and practical exercises. We will explore key principles as they’re expressed in great films, then immediately apply these concepts. Videos, articles and discussion steps will offer you the opportunity to learn and engage with other learners on key concepts and ideas.
By the end of the course, you will understand the key concepts necessary to write an effective screenplay and be fluent in the language used to discuss the form.
What Will I Learn?
- 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'
Topics for this course
Introducing the course
Meet the team
An introduction to this course00:02:17
Cinematic story and form
What do we mean by cinematic story and form?
Panel thoughts on story and form00:06:40
Developing a basic storyline
The Five Finger Pitch: an explanation00:04:28
Create your own Five Finger Pitch
What is story structure?
The Three Act Structure
Panel thoughts on the Three Act Structure00:06:31
Alternate story structures
Stories that don’t fit the Three Act mould00:08:48
It´s a clear, very well structured and organized course! I learned a lot! Thank you for all of the lessons and keep up the great work!
Thanks to this course I now watch movies differently and I have a better understanding of what it takes to write a screenplay from start to finish.
I'm really enjoying this course. I love getting information that goes at key moments in a screenplay. I think it will help a lot in structuring my screenplays.
I think this is a good start for a beginner like. Would have liked some ideas on content generation, inspirational sources, how to pick a genre etc.