Screenplay & Scriptwriting Training Courses

Screenplay & Scriptwriting Workshop

Our one day intensive screenplay and scriptwriting workshop is run by an award-winning tutor who has had over 30 scripts produced and written for several BAFTA winning productions.

We will provide the springboard you need to put your ideas into reality, creating film and TV scripts that will really work on screen. This course shows you how to create compelling, believable characters that leap off the page, effective, engaging story structures and believable dialogue. You will also learn how to format your script like a professional, a vital skill in such a competitive arena, and how to make your scripts stand out in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Led by a professional film and TV writer you will gain a valuable insight into the world of film and television writing from someone with real world experience.

Whether you’ve already written for other media and want to find your voice in the world of Film and TV or are bursting to get your ideas on paper for the first time, this course provides you with the solid foundations you need to get your work produced. Using a combination of tutor examples, script analysis, clip screenings and writing exercises, you’ll be armed with the tools you need to give your work the chance it deserves.

Through a combination of lecture and discussion, you will gain an understanding of the basic building blocks necessary for translating your vision into a dramatic, page-turning film or TV script. From three-act structures to character conflict, developing interesting back stories to dealing with criticism of your work, This course provides you with the valuable tools you will need to give your scripts the very best chance.

A brilliant introduction to the principles of writing and actually a whole lot of fun too.

Iain Coyle, Commissioning Editor UKTV.
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Duration: 1 day.

Price: £195.

Location: 21st Century Studios, St Albans, Hertfordshire. For security reasons, further details are only provided upon booking.

Times: 10.00am to 4.30pm.

Equipment: Our fully featured training room includes six top-of-the-range iMac computers configured to work in both Macintosh (OSX) and PC (Windows) modes, ensuring you the maximum familiarity with your chosen operating system.

Further assistance: Our FAQ page contains the answers to many common questions. Alternatively please call 07543 403616 to arrange to speak to our training manager.

You will learn tons about writing (and selling) really successful scripts.

Elaine Cameron, Producer of Men Behaving Badly and Sherlock.
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COURSE CONTENT

HOW TO START

  • Beginning from a Blank Page
  • Overcoming Writer’s Block
  • Making the time to write and finding the best time to do it

PLOT

  • Making sure the idea has ‘legs’
  • Making sure the plot works throughout the whole script
  • Looking at the main plot in detail as well as the secondary and tertiary plots

CHARACTERS

  • Ensuring the characters are believable and not just one dimensional
  • Giving each character an in-depth back story
  • Looking at the relationships between main and secondary characters

STRUCTURE

  • Breaking an idea down into three acts
  • Breaking each act down into scenes
  • Making sure each scene drives the plot forward

DIALOGUE

  • Making sure each character has their own individual ‘voice’
  • Using the background of the character to colour their dialogue
  • Learning where the visuals can replace dialogue

GENRE

  • Romance, Comedy, Science Fiction, Drama, Horror etc. each will be discussed
  • How do scripts differ through various mediums, eg TV, Radio, Cinema etc
  • The various types of Comedy scripts and why they do or don’t work

HOW TO SUBMIT SCRIPTS

  • How to choose a production company
  • What to send to production companies

WRITING SOFTWARE

  • Learning how to use Final Draft, Trelby Celtx and others
Informative and in-depth course that has given me a great foundation. Brilliant that there was such a small class too.

Dare Digital.
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