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Writing and Screen Project Development

Writing and Screen Project Development

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MODULE TITLE:
 
Writing and Screen Project DevelopmentMODULE CODE: SCA11100CREDIT VALUE: 20MODULE LEADER: James Mavor 
 j.mavor@napier.ac.uk
MODULE TUTORS: JM and Nigel Smith
ni.smith@napier.ac.uk
+ Visiting Lecturers + video lectures by MarkGrindle (on webCT).Location of Module: Screen Academy Production Centre, Studio 2(10-1, Thursdays)Tutor’s room: B30 Merchiston (by appointment)Number of Groups: This class is shared between students on MAScreenwriting and MA Screen ProjectDevelopment. The module is delivered as acombination of lectures, seminars, group work andtutorials.
Student Workload
Lectures, Seminars and Workshops 36 hoursTutorial 1 hour Individual Learning Activities 163 hoursTotal 200 hours
Assessments
There are two assessments in this module:
Script Report
:Each student is required to submit a
Script Report
 October) that will account for 50% of the overall module assessment.
Story Report
:Each student is required to submit a
Story Report
in Week 12 (Thursday 26
th
 November) that will account for 50% of the overall module assessment.
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What you will learn and what this module is about
In this module, you will be introduced to the key tools, language and conceptsinvolved in creating and developing projects for the screen - film, televisionand interactive/new media.Through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and screenings you’lllook in depth at the principal elements common to all forms of storytelling –character, structure, genre and tone. You’ll also explore the differencesbetween the various media and debate the different opportunities anddemands of each form.The module’s assessments – a story report and script – will help you developyour own critical faculties and gain an insight into the kind of documents andprofessional approach used in the film industry.
Module content
A series of lectures, seminars and workshops introduce students to the coretools, concepts and crafts skills commonly used in the development of projects for the screen whether in film or television, drama or documentary, or any of the various new media and interactive forms.Lectures examine the key elements, skills and terminology of dramaticscreenwriting (premise, pitch, character, structure, theme, visual style, genre,dialogue, etc) and review the key documents generated in the developmentand commissioning process (idea, concept, premise, outline, proposal,detailed proposal, treatment, first draft, revised draft, etc).There is a critical exploration of the role and importance of research in screenproject development – research as it relates to the project content of theproject (e.g. documentary, adaptation, historical drama) but also researchrelating to the market potential of the project itself.The module aims to develop the critical and practical abilities needed inscreen project development: an understanding of the language andterminology; personal and interpersonal skills; a critical understanding of thevarious roles in the creative and industrial process; a sense of the marketplace across the various forms and formats.Crucially, the critical, analytical and inter-personal skills required keypersonnel in the development process (writers, producers, script-editors,developers, and financiers) are examined and then developed and tested in aseries of exercises, including the module’s major pieces of assessment – thestory report and script report.
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