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Screenwriting Practices 2B (FLTV20017)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeFLTV20017
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Through a series of workshops, screenings, readings, tutorials and creative practice, students build on screenwriting skills learned in Screen Practices 1A, 1B and 2A, with a focus on understanding and writing genre for the screen media. Students develop a basic working knowledge of the conventions used in various well known screen genres and how, and to what creative effect, they are used by screenwriters. Students are required to write at least one script that is anchored in the conventions a particular genre.

BFA (Screenwriting) students continue to undertake some filmmaking activities with the BFA (FTV) directing students, with a view to nurturing creative teams and promoting a pragmatic understanding of non-writing filmmaking practices.

Intended learning outcomes

The objectives of this subject is to give students:

  • A basic knowledge of conventions employed by well known screen genres, and why and how they can be employed by the screenwriter
  • Skills required to create and write a short film (or equivalent screen product) whose conventions are anchored in a particular genre
  • A wider general knowledge of genre filmmaking and it historical and current context
  • The opportunity to further develop creative relationships
  • A greater understanding of non-writing specific industry practices

Generic skills

The learning outcomes of this subject will be:

  • A greater understanding of key concepts involved in genre writing for the screen
  • To introduce students to professional skills involved in writing and developing genre stories for the screen
  • To allow students to explore their ‘voice’ through writing genre stories for the screen
  • To broaden the students’ general knowledge of screen genres and to understand and apply the factors that makes a genre script successful
  • To give students a deeper understanding of broader (non-writing) film and television industry practices
  • The ability to reflect on their own learning and creative processes

Last updated: 30 July 2019