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Advanced Screenwriting

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, students will have a strong understanding of the complex differences in writing for television and web. They will build a knowledge of the process of film, TV and content production – and the varying role of the writer in these industries. Their critical understanding of screenwriting in relation to TV and web will have been enhanced. They will also be provided with an extended network of contacts in the TV, film and web series industries via field trips and guest lectures.
Assessment:
100% assessed - 7000 word script/script excerpt for a continuing TV drama or web series plus 2000 word treatment and 1000 word critical document
Reading:
Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity, by David Lynch
TV Writer's Workbook, Ellen Sandler Publisher: Delta
Writing the TV Drama Series 3rd Edition: How to Succeed as a Professional Writer in TV, Pamela Douglas, Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box Alex Epstein Publisher: Owl Books
The Calling Card Script: A Writer's Toolbox for Screen, Stage and Radio Paul Ashton Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd
Writing Great Screenplays for Film and TV Dona Cooper Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Co, U.S.
Into the Woods, John Yorke London: Penguin Books
Story, Robert McKee London: Methuen
Alternative scriptwriting, Dancyger & Oxford: Focal Press Rush
Autumn Term:
  Week 1 Introduction/ The Concept aka Catching the Big Fish
  Week 2 TV Series - Drama (UK)/Episode Structure - A Close Look at Happy Valley
  Week 3 TV Series – Drama (US)/Episode Structure - A Close Look at Six Feet Under
  Week 4 TV Series – Drama (UK/US)/Episode Structure - A Close Look at Black Mirror
  Week 5 Guest lecture by TV and Film Producer Dan Cleland (Lions Den Films)
  Week 6 Reading Week
  Week 7 TV Series – Drama (US) - Series Structure – A Close Look at Breaking Bad and Six Feet Under
  Week 8 TV Series - Drama (UK + US) - Character and Conflict, from UK to US - A Close Look at Killing Eve
  Week 9 TV Series –Drama (UK) – Writing Reality/Limited Series – A Very English Scandal
  Week 10 TV Series – Developing your Story and Treatment
Spring Term:
  Week 1 Guest lecture by TV/Web Professional/Field trip to a working studio
  Week 2 TV Series – Comedy Drama (UK)/ No Offence (TBC)
  Week 3 TV Series - Comedy Drama (US)/A Close Look at Transparent
  Week 4 TV Series – Comedy and Satire (UK)/ The Thick of It
  Week 5 TV Series – Sitcom (UK)/ A Close Look at Green Wing
  Week 6 Reading week
  Week 7 Web - Introduction and the evolution of the Web Series – A Close Look at F To the 7th and The Mis-Adventures of an Awkward Black Girl (TBC)
  Week 8 Packaging your Script with Optional Teaser
  Week 9 Development Workshop and/or shooting your teaser
  Week 10 Student presentations of their TV or web series idea for critique with optional teaser