|Short Title:||Media Writing|
|Full Title:||Media Writing|
|Field of Study:||Audio-visual techniques and media production|
|Module Author:||CAROLINE EARLEY|
|Module Description:||Build on the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired in Introduction to Media Writing.
Enable students to utilize the various tools of scriptwriting in both short and feature length scriptwriting.
Provide an environment in which students can practice and develop the techniques of scriptwriting.
Facilitate an exchange of ideas between students in addition to developing an ability to critically assess the quality of story ideas and completed scripts.
|On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
||Demonstrate an understanding of and utilise the elements of dramatic scriptwriting
||Critically assess the quality of scripts and narrative ideas
||Write a short script in standard format and to a professional standard
||Develop an idea and write a treatment for a feature-length script using the standard three-act structure
|No Co-requisite modules listed|
Module Content & Assessment
|Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change)
Tools of ScriptwritingThis section will establish & develop the principles and basic elements of scriptwriting.
Pre-writing; generating, filtering & testing ideas.
Story & Plot
Structure: basic three-act structure.
Character: creating & developing character; visual dynamics of character; character motivation; conflict.
Language: verbal; visual; writing scene direction; sound.
Preparation and PracticeIn this section, students will put into practice the elements of scriptwriting acquired in Section 1. These elements will be applied to the following:
(a) Writing short scripts
(b) Introduction to & preparation for feature-length scriptwriting: developing an idea; writing the film treatment; character biography; log-lines; plot points
||% of total
||Indicative Assessment: Short Script; Treatment for Feature; Character Biography; Opening 10 Pages of Feature Script
||Sem 1 End
|No End of Module Formal Examination
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.
IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment
|Workload: Full Time
||Average Weekly Learner Workload
|Independent Learning Time
||Reading, Viewing, Writing
|Total Weekly Learner Workload
|Total Weekly Contact Hours
|This module has no Part Time workload.|
|Required Book Resources|
- McKee, Robert 1999, Story: substance, structure, style and the principles of screenwriting, Methuen
|Recommended Book Resources|
- Field, Syd 2007, The Screenwriter’s Workbook, Delta Publishing
- Mc Grath, Declan, Mc Dermot, Felim 2003, Screenwriting, Rotovision
- Courgill, Linda 2005, Writing Short Scripts Structure & Content for Screenwriters, Lone Eagle
- Dancygen, Ken & Cooper, Patricia 2004, Writing the Short Film, 3rd Ed., Focul Press
- Vogler, Christopher 2007, The Writer’s Journey, 3rd Ed., Michael Wiese Production
- Parker, Philip 2006, The Art and Science of Screenwriting, Intellect Books
- Field, Syd 2005, Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting, Delta
- Campbell, Joseph 1993, The Hero with A Thousand Faces, Fontana Press
|This module does not have any article/paper resources|
- Indicative Screenings: Chinatown (Polanski, 1974)
- Indicative Screenings: The Shawshank Redemption (Darabout,
- Indicative Screenings: The Truman Show (Weir, 1998)
- Indicative Screenings: Jaws (Spielberg, 1975)
- Indicative Screenings: L.A. Confidential (Hanson, 1997)
- Indicative Screenings: Billy Elliot (Daldry, 2000)
- Indicative Screenings: Rabbit Proof Fence (Noyce, 2002)
- Indicative Screenings: The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah, 1969)
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