What is the course about?
The course is designed to introduce you to some of the concepts and skills required to enter this area of the media - screenwriting. The course will include analysing extracts and film clips and taking part in writing exercises.
The Tutor: Kolton Lee is an award winning filmmaker, novelist and academic. A graduate of the National Film & Television School, he has written for a number of television shows, has made two independent feature films and is a published author. He has taught Screenwriting and Directing at a number of different institutions including South Bank University, London Metropolitan University and The London Film School and the New York Film Academy. A former Programme Leader for the BA Screenwriting programme at Central Film School, Kolton is currently a Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking at Kingston University.
Build reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.
What will we cover?
You will cover: character; structure; dramatic conflict; dialogue; visual writing; audience involvement.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- respond to and assess pieces of writing with sensitivity
- demonstrate an understanding of the key elements of a script
- demonstrate an understanding of the contribution each element makes to the working of a good - i.e. engaging - script.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at beginners.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Partly in groups or pairs to facilitate practical, hands-on exposure to the ideas and information presented.
Mike Harris has written and developed a drama serial for Pearson Television and a pilot sitcom for BBC Wales. He sold his screenplay Broken Shell to Channel 4 and has worked as a story editor on The Bill. He has also written and directed for the corporate video market and taught screenwriting and film at colleges and professional bodies throughout the UK.
City lit reserves the right to change course tutors or venues from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor/venue.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Purchase of specialist publications is advisable. General guides such as Screenwriting (Syd Field) are recommended.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This one-day course acts as a taster in screenwriting. If you wish to pursue this further, you may wish to join a 'Ways into screenwriting' course. These run each term.
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for Build writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on and Twitter.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details