Have you ever sat through the credits of a movie, marvelling at the sheer number of people involved? Do you know which single, small, unassuming object brings them all together? It’s the script. Without the screenwriter, none of this could have happened. Without it, there is no movie. So, every time you watch those credits roll, there is one name in there that brought them all together. The screenwriter.
This course will take you through each component required to write a successful screenplay, guide you through creating your own, and help you with the editing and pitching processes.
The course begins by introducing the screenplay as a written form, explaining the main steps of a story, with examples, and looking at the various choices to be made when structuring your screenplay. We’ll look at how to develop well-rounded characters with strong backstories and believable presentation and explore dialogue, examining character speech and narration, the function of dialogue in a movie, and how to use it.
From there, we will work towards writing the first draft of act one of a three-act screenplay. You’ll move onto writing act two, including the rising action of your movie and try/fail cycles of increasing challenge. It’s then onto the ending – act three – where you will learn to write the climax for your movie, the falling action and the ending. We will also explore some standards for writing tricky scenes, including love scenes, action scenes and adaptations.
The Screenplay Writing Diploma Course concludes with a look at editing and pitching, including how to edit the first draft into a more polished standard, how to gather useful feedback on your script and what to do with your script once it is finished.
By studying this course, you will:
- Understand the components of a successful screenplay
- Write your own screenplay, following step-by-step guidance
- Become familiar with the editing process
- Know how to pitch your screenplay