MI6002 - Screenwriting 3

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What will I learn on this module?

Screenwriting 3 is the concluding module of your chosen specialist pathway in Film & TV Production, where you get the opportunity to produce a practical project portfolio of work that is the culmination and demonstration of all that you have learned in the programme modules, but specifically follows submission to your chosen pathway.

You will learn how to develop a feature film script from idea to final draft, or a TV pilot and series bible from idea to final draft . There is also a’ project to write a short f by the end of the course, which can be done in conjunction with other students on the course from either pathway. Through this module you will learn advanced methodologies for creating compelling characters, strong narrative structures, believable dialogue, whilst maintaining the author’s original voice. You will learn how to work as part of a creative team through writer’s room sessions and build on what you have already learned in relation to modern screenwriting theories. You will also develop a professional attitude to your work, enabling you to take notes and apply them to the script, hit draft deadlines and become a valuable member of a creative team. You will be able to work on your own to a structured delivery pattern and to initiate and resolve your own research.
This final screenwriting module, should be regarded as the capstone of your study in the form, it relies on full participation from each student, who is required to attend all workshops, tutorials and any associated writer’s rooms (which are made available on request.)

How will I learn on this module?

The module makes provision to engage in practical project based work supported by workshops including writer’s rooms, and tutorials via one on one script editing sessions, leading to the creation of a feature length script/teleplay pilot with series treatments (equivalent to 5000 words) and a final script project (equivalent to 1000 words).

You will be guided from initial idea, through several drafts until an industry standard script for a final draft feature or Television Pilot Episode and series bible is written. You will learn through interaction with your tutor how to receive and assess script notes and work to deadlines.


Learning materials, seminar guidelines and module information will be placed upon the eLearning Portal and professional screenwriting software is provided in the form of Final Draft, which is industry standard, screenwriting and formatting software.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Based on a dissertation model, the module begins with some contextualising lectures but soon focuses on, workshops such as the writer’s room, where you can brainstorm your original ideas with your tutor and other students, which then leads on to one to one tutorials in an effort to develop your autonomous learning and initiative in your practice, as self-motivation is a key skill of the writer for the screen. The module will be delivered by tutors experienced in the common practice of writing for the screen, as a day to day activity, with realistic deadlines set. The structures of drafting, workshopping through writer’s room sessions and feedback through script editing sessions are inbuilt into this module.
In this way, the argument for work becomes central as does a reflective methodology that responds to continual feedback in the form of notes, from the tutor acting as script editor / producer – which is the norm in professional TV and film production.
The module is fully supported on the eLearning Portal with all learning materials made available.
Following the formative feedback you receive at several points during the module, full written summative feedback is offered on submission of the work, this will direct you towards ways to improve your skills as a screenwriter, or creative producer, as well as understanding your strengths and weaknesses. Final Draft software is provided by the university, for the correct formatting of script and to aid delivery of successive drafts.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of advanced narrative scriptwriting, covering story structure, development of credible and motivated characters and effective dialogue.

2. Identify the potential of a story and/or subject for a narrative film.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Critically analyse your own and others work.

4. Create scripts of a professional standard in an appropriate format while using and understanding the techniques of screenwriting and audio-visual presentation where relevant to scriptwriting.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Apply cultural and ethical awareness as part of professional deportment and working to deadline.

How will I be assessed?

You will receive verbal feedback throughout the module as you complete the various exercises designed to explore the information/ideas in the lectures addressing MLOs 1, 2, 4 & 5. You will receive written feedback on your final summative submissions which will detail areas of your methodological practice and critical and creative skills, that could be improved in future work. You will also be offered the opportunity to receive further verbal feedback following this formal assessment, so that you can follow up any concerns they have regarding your critical development and future learning.

Summative assessments will test skills of critical engagement and practice and will be focused upon the application of key issues arising from the syllabus addressing MLOs 1, 3 & 5. You will be assessed by producing an individual screenwriting portfolio that will be equivalent to 6000 words. The portfolio will contain the script for a final feature screenplay, as well as previous drafts and treatments and script addressing all MLOs.

Pre-requisite(s)

none

Co-requisite(s)

none

Module abstract

You will learn how to develop a feature film script from idea to final draft, or a TV pilot and series bible from idea to final draft. There is also aproject to write a short film which can be created in conjunction with other students on the course from either pathway. Through this module you will learn advanced methodologies for creating compelling characters, strong narrative structures, believable dialogue, whilst maintaining the author’s original voice. You will learn how to work as part of a creative team through writer’s room sessions and build on what you have already learned in relation to modern screenwriting theories. You will also develop a professional attitude to your work, enabling you to take notes and apply them to the script, hit draft deadlines and become a valuable member of a creative team. You will be able to work on your own to a structured delivery pattern and to initiate and resolve your own research.
This final screenwriting module, should be regarded as the capstone of your study in the form, it relies on full participation from each student, who is required to attend all workshops, tutorials and any associated writer’s rooms (which are made available on request.)

Course info

UCAS Code P310

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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