40 credits at level HE6
This module is an opportunity for you to explore, examine and develop your creative imagination in the context of writing an original feature film screenplay or equivalent (90-120 minutes) of episodes from an original tv drama series. You will employ a wide range of dramatic techniques appropriate to your project, and develop your ability to work with a script editor (your dissertion supervisor) and use self-criticism for a creative purpose.
This screenplay will form a major part of your portfolio of work on graduation, and an extract will either be performed script in hand at the Degree Show, or produced for the Show. You will be required to attend rehearsals, rewrite your extract as necessary and attend the Degree Show.
You will write a draft of the screenplay or episodes from the original tv drama series, based on a treatment or pitch document written in Screenwriting Workshop C.
You will attend an individually-agreed number of tutorials- at least 4. In the tutorials you will discuss work in progress, as well as your strategy for developing the next elements or drafts.
You will produce a first draft to deadline, and attend a tutorial on the first draft. You will write a critical commentary on the screenplay, reflecting on the creative process, assessing the achievement to date, and proposing strategies for further development of the work.
1. 1st draft of 90-120 min screenplay or equivalent TV series episodes 80%
2. A 2000-2500 word critical commentary on assessment one which reflects on the writing and rewriting process and proposes strategies for further development. 20%
The emphasis is on supported independent study. The main support strategy is the individual tutorial, and the student is required to attend these on time, and well prepared. The number of tutorials will vary from student to student, but is usually between four and six. Supervisors will advise on research and script development, and will respond flexibly to individual students' needs. Students who wish to workshop their dissertation script will have the responsibility for organising this themselves, although the University will facilitate this through the provision of space and photocopying facilities. The supervisor will normally attend such a workshop.
The dissertation represents 200 student learning hours, of which between 4 and 12 may be expected to involve tutorial contact or group workshops.
Standard MWP lateness penalties apply to work submitted late. See Programme Handbook.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Be able to use your accumulated knowledge and understanding of dramatic writing for moving image productions, to write and rewrite an original screenplay||show competence, judgement and creative imagination in drafting and redrafting an original screenplay|
|2.||be able to use accumulated critical judgement to analyse first draft achievement, to develop strategies for development and to rewrite effectively||show insight and critical judgement in analysing a screenplay at various stages of redrafting|
|3.||be able to exercise independent imaginative and critical abilities in original writing||show technical competence, creative imagination and critical ability displayed in the context of drafting and redrafting original work and astuteness in self critical analysis|
|4.||have a command of dramatic narrative, character, structure and the languages of drama appropriate to your medium||show a near-professional standard in these four criteria|
|5.||implement professional standards of script presentation appropriate to the medium, and in hitting deadlines in writing and rewriting||Ditto|
|6.||have good research skills appropriate to dramatic writing||show dramatic authenticity in your writing|
|7.||write with economy and purpose in ways appropriate to a given creative or critical project; show the same skills in oral communication||Purposeful, relevant and accurate communication in writing and speech|
|8.||be aware of opportunities and markets for scripts and script development within the UK film/tv industry||Idenitfy appropriate producers/ commissioning editors/ script editors /script development schemes to send your work to.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||90-120 minute minute screenplay||2000-2500 word critical commentary|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
To be agreed individually with the supervisor. You are expected to use your initiative and independent judgement in reading /screening appropriate texts.
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