Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Industry and Feature Film
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Offered by||English and American Studies|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Students will strengthen their pitching skills, learn to write professional reader reports, understand how to approach adaptation and create their own examples, work with their supervisor to establish a successful idea for their feature film and develop it though several drafts to a polished screenplay.
The unit aims to:
Develop students’ practical skills at writing industry-standard reader’s reports.
Arm students with the knowledge and confidence of pitching their own original ideas and presentations successfully.
Equip students with an understanding of how to approach adaptation of texts and how to present their own vision for the material.
Polish and extend students’ screenwriting and storytelling skills so they can produce a feature length script at a second draft stage of an industry professional standard.
Teaching and learning methods
Knowledge and understanding
Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of script from pitch to completion of a polished feature film draft.
Demonstrate knowledge of why adaptation is used in screen industry and how to approach adapting existing material.
Demonstrate a professional level of creating reader reports.
Effectively and imaginatively respond to professional feedback.
Demonstrate a sophisticated and focussed understanding of possible career paths within the current UK Film and TV industries.
Develop a feature length (90-100 pages) screenplay from an original idea to a second draft stage.
Create reader reports of a professional industry standard.
Effectively present themselves and their script ideas both verbally and in writing
Construct scripts for different media and audiences and/or in different formats, genres and styles including adaptation.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Successfully and persuasively verbally pitch ideas.
Work effectively and flexibly with others.
Being able to offer criticism in a constructive manner.
Manage their time and workload effectively in order to meet deadlines.
|Write 2 reader reports||20%|
|Feature length screenplay||80%|
Feeback on pitching will be given verbally in workshops
Feedback on reader’s reports will be written and verbal
Feedback on first drafts and final drafts will be written and verbal
Blake Snyder Save the Cat
Syd Field Screenwriting
John Yorke Into the Woods
Alexander Mackendrick On Filmmaking
Robert McKee Story
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Independent study hours|
|Emma Clarke||Unit coordinator|