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EL40TM: SCREENWRITING: THE NARRATIVE WITHIN THE FRAME (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:27


Course Overview

This course will investigate different forms of scriptwriting by writers from a range of historical periods. We will be considering narrative form and content as shaped by subject selection and storytelling devices and structures. The filmic themes will be considered from aesthetic, historical and theoretical perspectives. Through a series of seminars, workshops and screenings, students will develop approaches to visualising film narratives, culminating in a scriptwriting folio of work.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Alan R Marcus

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Either English (EL) or Film And Visual Culture (FS)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

From script to screen, this course will focus on the creative fusion of writing with images and writing with words to devise a film narrative. We will investigate different forms of scriptwriting by writers from a range of historical periods. We will be considering narrative form and content as shaped by subject selection and storytelling devices and structures. The filmic themes will be considered from aesthetic, historical and theoretical perspectives. Through a series of seminars, workshops and screenings, students will develop approaches to visualising film narratives, culminating in a scriptwriting folio of work.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 18

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Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Tutorial/Seminar Participation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Original Screenplay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
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Folio of ten pages of screenplay together with a reflective essay of 1,500 words to be submitted in Week 11.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Original Screenplay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

A four-page screenplay outline and treatment for an individual feedback session in Week 7.

Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

Draft screenplay

Assessment Type Formative Weighting
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Students will submit the following non-assessed work: a 1st draft of their screenplay and a series of six weekly exercises.

Learning Outcomes
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Resit Assessments

Open book essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralApplyDevelop an understanding of the screenplay through seminar exercises and producing practice-based work. Write to deadlines and to commissions.
FactualRememberUnderstanding of historical and contemporary conceptual approaches to scriptwriting. Able to critically distinguish between different modes of narrative representation.

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