First Draft Doctor
Scriptwriting Training Course in Script Reading
The course is designed to be studied in the home and its
modular nature makes it perfect for 'distance learning' in this way. It is based over a 10
week timeframe, however, the course can be completed over a shorter or longer
timeframe - whichever suits the student's particular needs. A strong practical element has been
introduced to all the courses which means you will be analysing a screenplay from the
outset - and your work will be scrutinised to aid learning.
Each week, you will be sent a training
module (online by email attachment or by post by
prior arrangement) which contains specific topic information and a practical assignment to
complete. Practical assignments should be completed and returned for marking (by email
or post) before receiving the following topic module. However, the course timeframe is
open to the individual student's needs, hence practical assignments can be completed
over a matter of weeks if necessary.
There is no better way to learn the
art of critical Script Reading than to actually read. A set
script will be assigned from the outset which will provide the basis for applying script reading
techniques as they are learned. The student will learn to identify the fundaments of the
successful script; from story creation; character exploration; and thematic construction,
through to dialogue delivery; visual acuity; and ultimate saleability.
The final week's practical assignment
is to complete a full script report on a second, set
script. The finished script report will be judged also.
Course content is as follows:
Script Reading Modules
Script Format - industry standard layout. How to format and why nothing less is acceptable
Film Genres and Conventions - Overview
Story Structure Part 1 - narrative; exposition; backstory, 3 act structure; beyond the 3
act structure, etc.
Story Structure Part 2 - inciting incidents, subplot; subtext; resolution; denouement; deus
ex machina etc.
Theme and Leit Motif - the real story behind the screen action; how to spot it, how to
Character Writing - antagonists, protagonists, mentors, heroes, villains,delineation,
character as story constructor, etc
Dialogue Writing - how screen characters speak and when they shouldn't; dialogue as
Visual Acuity - will this script look good on the big screen? Will the locations destroy the
Further Techniques - successful scene sequencing; foreshadowing; book-ending etc.
Writing the Report - industry 'standard' 500/500 word layout; accept or reject; constructive
Final script report practical assignment
Modules are subject to change to include up-to-date information.
The First Draft Doctor Scriptwriting Training Course in Script Reading - £99 UK Sterling
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