Designed for upper level undergraduates, Advanced Screenwriting is a lecture and conservatory-style course for prospective professional feature film writers, directors and producers.
The thesis is: in feature film-making, everything begins and ends with the story.
The course is: a process of discovering and creating stories suitable for feature film; how characters are formed by the story, and also dictate it; and how different characters would tell different stories.
The central aim of the course is to guide students towards developing themselves as writers, through a re-examination of the fundamental elements of screenwriting: the creation of story, character and theme, and reflection on the student’s attitude to these elements. Each student will then put her/his skills to work by writing a new full-length screenplay from scratch.