Certificate Program in Screenwriting
From script to the screen – learn how to think creatively and use words to weave a picture
What is screenwriting?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What kind of certification will I obtain from this program?
On successful completion of all the courses included in this program, the user shall be given a certificate from Whistling Woods International. You can download the certificate in the form of a PDF.
Is there a specific time limit for this program?
There is no specific time limit or schedule to do a module-based program such as this one. However, the access period to the program is 6 months.
How many hours of study are required to complete this program?
This is a module-based program, so there is no specific schedule to adhere to. However, 2-3 hours of study per week should enable the user to complete the program comfortably within the access limit of 6 months.
Is there any financial aid available for this program?
There are no financial aid available for this program.
What are the key topics covered in this program?
Please refer to the curriculum tab on the course page of the program.
What type of learning should I expect from this program?
This program comprises of learning through video-based lectures. You will also be given the transcripts of these lectures. The content is derived from the knowledge base of Whistling Woods faculty and Industry experts along with specific case studies used to explain the concepts and theories.
Are there any assignment or coursework in this program?
No there are no coursework or assignments in this program.
Does the program include live sessions with the faculty?
No there are no live sessions included as part of this program
Program fee: INR 10,000
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- No work experience is required to apply for any of the programs
- Applicants need to have cleared the equivalent of high school education (XII th grade)
- All candidates need to have reading and speaking proficiency in English
How you benefit from this program :
- Content Duration : 8 + hrs
- Format of learning : Self-paced learning
- Accessibility : On mobile, Laptop and Desktop
- Access period : 6 months
Completion of this program will earn you a 20% discount on the Filmmaking Academy Program. For more info please click here.
- You can pay for the program with a debit or credit card as well as through a bank wire transfer. On clicking the apply now button below, you will be directed to the application form and the payment page.
- On successful payment transaction, you will receive a confirmation mail with the order no. and payment acknowledgement.
- You will be provided a course login URL within 48 hours of making a payment. Please register on the URL given to gain access to the course.
- In case of any issues during payment, please write to us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete all the courses in the module successfully to obtain this recognition from Whistling Woods International