Introduction to The Screenplay

Your submission for the creative element of your Film Studies coursework is comprised of two elements:

  1. A screenplay (1800 words) for the opening of a feature-length film or a complete screenplay for a short film. (45 marks)
    1. The standard conventions of screenplay writing should be observed. 
  2. An analysis (approximately 1,000 words) that selects key features of the screenplay and reflects critically on both the creative process and the product. (15 marks)

Here is the first page of a good example so you can see the sort of thing you are aiming for and I will be looking for the following:

  • Your use of the screenplay format 
  • Your description of the locations in your screenplay
  • The narrative sense and development
  • The use of genre (repertoire of elements)
  • Visual sense – I can see the scene (like a film)
  • I can hear the music and diegetic sounds in your sequence
  • The description of the characters and their voice
  • The rhythm of the scene and variety between scenes

The first step though is developing some ideas for a scene. Here is a slideshow on ideas:

Film Inspiration

Take a copy of this document and choose the following:

  • A location
  • A sound – Freesound.Org
  • An item of clothing
  • A character

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