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Foundation Screenwriting (Course)

Refine the craft. (Play the video for a course introduction from Robin.)

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Cost:

GBP £250

Sign up and publish your profile for a 10% discount and get the course for GBP £225. For most people this takes no more than ten minutes.

You will need a device that enables connection to the seminars, like Zoom. Scriptwriting software would be an advantage. Final Draft is the preferred medium, but there are free alternatives such as Celtx.

Enrolment closing date:

13 January, 2021

Timing:

10 weeks from 14 January, 2021

Five one hour live seminars every two weeks on a Thursday evening starting at 7pm. Regular workshops to peer-review assignments within each fortnight. Final written feedback on assignments from the tutor after the last seminar.

“Robin is a tutor who has great passion for his subject. With decades of experience as a professional screenwriter, Robin is able to give detailed advice on every aspect of scriptwriting, from the development of ideas to the final draft. His enthusiasm is infectious and he will give you the confidence to take your first steps into believing in yourself as a scriptwriter.”

Adele Cordner, Former MA Scriptwriting student


Introduction

Through a series of intense seminars and workshops you will master the key elements of professional screenwriting, covering everything from sourcing ideas to refining dialogue.

Writing assignments, delivered through fortnightly seminars, will build to a compelling creative portfolio, alongside a complete script of either a short film or an excerpt from a longer piece.

What We'll Do

With five live interactive seminars, five clearly defined collaborative peer-group assignments and final feedback from the tutor, you will:

  • Learn how to source and develop powerful ideas.
  • Free your imagination by establishing a secure foundation in structure.
  • Develop writing economy with precise visual storytelling.
  • Create authentic, engaging characters.
  • Write sharp, effective dialogue.

Who The Course is For

This is a course for:

  • Those who are already making films but want to make them better.
  • Directors who want to develop their writing capabilities.
  • Writers in any medium who want to sharpen their art.
  • Students preparing for a Masters in Scriptwriting.
  • Alumni who wish to polish their skills.

Tutor

Robin Mukherjee is an award winning screenwriter with many years experience in teaching scriptwriting at all levels. He is Course Director of the MA Scriptwriting Programme at Bath Spa University and the author of The Art of Screenplays, published by Creative Essentials.

His first feature film, ‘Dance of the Wind’, won the Audience Prize at the London Film Festival. His most recent feature, ‘Lore’, has won numerous awards world-wide and was Australia’s official entry to the Oscars.

Syllabus

Seminar 1: Ideas. What is a good idea? How do I find ideas? How do I develop them?

Seminar 2: Story Structure. Three views of story structure.

Seminar 3: Characterisation. Writing compelling characters.

Seminar 4: Visual Storytelling. The use of motif to power your stories.

Seminar 5: Dialogue. Writing authentic, convincing, engaging dialogue.

Process and Tools

All seminars and peer-group workshops will be delivered remotely using the online tools Zoom and Slack. Preparatory training in these tools will be provided ahead of the start date for those that need it. There will be an optional hour-long session at 7pm on Tuesday 12th January for this purpose. All seminars will be recorded and immediately made available to participants (for those that have to miss any seminars or wish to review them afterwards).

The maximum number of students on the course will be sixteen.

Cancellation

You can cancel at any time up to three days before the course start date and receive a 90% refund. If you cancel three or less days before the course, no refund will be made.

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Participants

Robin Mukherjee Bath spa, United Kingdom

Award-winning scriptwriter who's written extensively for television, radio, theatre and film.

  • Primary Admin
  • Tutor

Abigail Martin Bristol, United Kingdom

23-year-old writer from Devon; English and Creative Writing Graduate; MA Scriptwriting at Bath Spa University; Blogger, feature writer, screenwriter, script editor. Just completed my latest film project, 'Bruise'.

  • Admin
  • Marketing

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Elvira Higueras Garcia Bristol, United Kingdom

Actor. I've got experience in theatre and on camera. Also happy to help out with extra work and offer support during filming. Eager to learn and get involved in new and refreshing projects. Spanish native.

  • Participant

Nicci Brighten London, United Kingdom

Nicci is an award-winning British stage and screen actress, voice artist, and producer based in London and LA. She is CEO of SUPERBRIGHT PICTURES, a production company creating offbeat and social impact narrative and commercial content.

  • Participant

Jordan Whitefield Unpublished

I'm an independent filmmaker of over seven years', looking to develop my skills in screenwriting, which has always been a secret passion if mine, but have never fully committed to, until now.

  • Participant