Screenwriting

Lesson 1

Introduction to screenwriting

This introductory class will take you through the screenwriting process and its different elements: Premise, Theme, Story, Character and Structure. You will understand what writing a screenplay entails and the difference between writing a novel and screenplay.

Lesson 2

Elements of screenplay

In simple words, this class will teach you how to write a story. You will learn about different elements of a good screenplay and look at different processes that go into writing it, thereby making it a compelling film. This class will teach you to think like a screenplay writer.

Lesson 3

Character development

In this class, you will learn about character development, an important part of creating believable fictional characters. You will learn what makes for an interesting character and how you can make the audience resonate with them.

Lesson 4

Conflict

In this class, you will learn about conflict, the trials and tribunals of the protagonist. In every narrative, conflict is the key element that provides interest, tension and suspense, while also helping the protagonist transform himself/herself. This class will analyse the importance of this ingredient in a story.

Lesson 5

Structure

In this class, we will be talking about the structure of a screenplay. The structure is defined as the arrangement of the story elements into a specific order to evoke the perfect response in the audience. It is the chronological design of highs and lows, conflict and resolution etc. in the story.

Lesson 6

Scene design and dialogue

In this class, we're going to learn how to break the script down into smaller divisions, i.e. scenes and dialogues, and treat each part individually.

Lesson 7

Dialogue writing

In this class, we will learn the last step of completing the screenplay – inserting dialogues. Unlike structure and design, dialogue is the only thing each audience member will definitely notice. It can make or break your film. This class will examine dialogue writing with a few examples.

Lesson 8

Analysis of short film

In this class, we're going to take a well written short film and trace all the different elements of screenplay we’ve learnt about so far. We’ll discuss how everything comes together to form a complete narrative. The example that we're taking is the first film that Claude Berri wrote in 1964. It is a short film called LE POULET, the chicken.

Lesson 9 & 10

Hero's journey Part 1 & 2

This class will be split into two. The topic will be the hero's journey and we will be discussing screenplay on a more philosophical level. In this class, we'll discuss Joseph Campbell's concept of the hero's journey, based on the book, "A hero with a thousand faces". This concept discusses the pattern of narrative or character graph that every lead character is found to follow across cultures and time.

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From script to the screen – learn how to think creatively and use words to weave a picture

Screenwriting

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About this course

Preview Course

  • The story is in your head, but what sells it to the audience is the screenplay, the script. At Whistling Woods International Virtual Academy, we’ll teach you how to successfully transfer that story you have in your mind to the paper, and eventually to the big screen. A screenplay is the blueprint that keeps everyone working on the project on track. In essence, this is where a movie starts and thus, this is where we’ll start our journey to understanding filmmaking.
  • In this course, you will learn about the different styles of screenplay-writing, how to use your words to convey emotions, develop the characters so the audience can relate to it etc. The course aims at helping you discover your own style of writing and find your voice. Through the 10-part syllabus mentioned below, we’ll help you hone your writing skills and intuition for human emotions while in the process teaching you to think creatively.

FAQ's

What type of learning should I expect?

This would be a self-paced online video based learning. The learning shall involve an introduction to the subject matter, understanding of the various components of the subject along with using examples from actual films to gain a better understaning of the concepts, theories and practical implementation. The content is a virtue of the core knowledge base of Whistling Woods International and it’s faculty along with industry experts and film experts.

What kind of certification will I obtain at the end of the program?

Post successful completion of the module based learning , the user shall be given an online digital certificate from Whistling Woods International.

Is there a specific time-limit within which I have to complete the program?

No, there is no specific time-limit to complete the program. User can choose the schedule to undertake and complete the program at his/her own convenience.

What kind of help should I expect in my career from this program?

No, there is no specific time-limit to complete the program. User can choose the schedule to undertake and complete the program at his/her own convenience.

Is there any eligibility criteria to undertake this program?

No, there is no eligibility criteria to undertake this program.

Is there any pre-requisite knowledge or background required to do this program?

No, users do not need a specific background or knowledge to do this program.

Who all is this program meant for?

This program is meant for everyone with a keen interest in the subject of Screenwriting and wishes to gain knowledge and pursue career in this field.

What is the deferral or refund policy for this program?

Please refer the T&C document of this website.

Is there any financial aid available for this program?

There is no financial aid available for this module program.

What are the payment options?

The payment can be made online using Credit/Debit cards, Netbanking and UPI payments.

Is there a specific time within which I have to complete the program?

No, there is no specific time limit to complete the program. Access to the platform to complete this course is 1 year from the date of sign-up.

Syllabus

A good film is only as good as its story. At WWI Virtual Academy, you will get a chance to learn what exactly a screenplay writer does, and how scripts are written, from the best in the industry. Here you will get exposure to various script-writing styles. Through creative use of words, you will be able to convey the emotion of a character and tell a story. Having a great screenplay is what makes the film move forward. If you want to visually tell a story, then this is the course for you.

Lesson 1

Introduction to screenwriting

This introductory class will take you through the screenwriting process and its different elements: Premise, Theme, Story, Character and Structure. You will understand what writing a screenplay entails and the difference between writing a novel and screenplay.

Lesson 2

Elements of screenplay

In simple words, this class will teach you how to write a story. You will learn about different elements of a good screenplay and look at different processes that go into writing it, thereby making it a compelling film. This class will teach you to think like a screenplay writer.

Lesson 3

Character development

In this class, you will learn about character development, an important part of creating believable fictional characters. You will learn what makes for an interesting character and how you can make the audience resonate with them.

Lesson 4

Conflict

In this class, you will learn about conflict, the trials and tribunals of the protagonist. In every narrative, conflict is the key element that provides interest, tension and suspense, while also helping the protagonist transform himself/herself. This class will analyse the importance of this ingredient in a story.

Lesson 5

Structure

In this class, we will be talking about the structure of a screenplay. The structure is defined as the arrangement of the story elements into a specific order to evoke the perfect response in the audience. It is the chronological design of highs and lows, conflict and resolution etc. in the story.

Lesson 6

Scene design and dialogue

In this class, we're going to learn how to break the script down into smaller divisions, i.e. scenes and dialogues, and treat each part individually.

Lesson 7

Dialogue writing

In this class, we will learn the last step of completing the screenplay – inserting dialogues. Unlike structure and design, dialogue is the only thing each audience member will definitely notice. It can make or break your film. This class will examine dialogue writing with a few examples.

Lesson 8

Analysis of short film

In this class, we're going to take a well written short film and trace all the different elements of screenplay we’ve learnt about so far. We’ll discuss how everything comes together to form a complete narrative. The example that we're taking is the first film that Claude Berri wrote in 1964. It is a short film called LE POULET, the chicken.

Lesson 9 & 10

Hero's journey Part 1 & 2

This class will be split into two. The topic will be the hero's journey and we will be discussing screenplay on a more philosophical level. In this class, we'll discuss Joseph Campbell's concept of the hero's journey, based on the book, "A hero with a thousand faces". This concept discusses the pattern of narrative or character graph that every lead character is found to follow across cultures and time.

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