What is the course about?
This course provides a supportive and creative workshop environment in which can develop your ongoing project and benefit from constructive criticism. You'll also enjoy a deeper understanding of how screenwriting works as a result of tutor presentations and group discussion on key issues of technique.
There will be no class on Monday 7 May 2018 and Monday 28 May 2018 due to bank holidays.
The Tutor: David Lemon is a writer of film, TV and radio. Credits include the feature films FAINTHEART (film4) starring Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner and Jessica Hynes, and CONTAINMENT, a thriller starring Lee Ross, Louise Brealey and Sheila Reid. FAINTHEART was the closing film at the 2008 Edinburgh International Film Festival and was nominated for the Michael Powell award. He has also written a number of short films, radio dramas including afternoon drama and a supernatural horror starring Mark Gatiss, and has written for live action and animated television. He is currently developing a third feature and a pilot for Sky television. David has also taught screenwriting at several institutes including: Central St Martins, London Film School, Goldsmiths and the University For The Creative Arts.
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?
The essential skills of screenwriting will be examined, including character, structure, dialogue, and the construction of individual scenes. You'll learn to critically appraise a finished screenplay and develop a strong outline for your own project.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Write an outline and pitch for your own feature film
- Write key sample scenes for your own feature film
- Assess your own and other material and respond critically and positively.
- Demonstrate an increased understanding of screenwriting technique.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have completed either Screenwriting: stage 1 or another introductory screenwriting course, plus have a one-page proposal for an original film project from which to work. As the course focuses on the development process, please note we won't be able to discuss full first draft scripts in their entirety. New students who wish to apply should send a sample of their writing to [email protected] to be reviewed by the co-ordinator for creative writing.
The course is project-based, i.e. aimed at developing your own work, but you should be prepared to give generously in helping your fellow participants with their own projects, as they will with yours, under the overall supervision of the tutor. If you are not ready to share your work, or are reluctant to freely contribute to the work of others, then this course may not be for you.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each week you'll be set a task relating to your film project, usually either structural (e.g. "Describe what happens in your first act") or dialogue-based (e.g. "Write a crucial three-page scene"). Subject to time limits, you'll present your work at the next session for discussion and suggestions. During the course you'll also have the opportunity for a one-to-one session with your tutor.
All writing courses at Build will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs. Please bring a pen and paper. You should try to read as many screenplays as you can - many are available for free online.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
All students are invited to join us at Build Talks Back, our monthly performance night for Build writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Visit bildutrapagaran.info/citylittalksback for more details or if you're interested in reading your work. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology. Learn more at bildutrapagaran.info/betweenthelines. 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