Screenplays form the starting point for most dramatic films, the essential work from which all other filmmaking flows. All of the tender romance, terrifying action and memorable lines begin at the screenwriter's desk. This free online course will introduce you to the basic elements and key concepts behind a professional screenplay.
You'll learn from a mixture of basic theory, script analysis and practical exercises. We will explore key principles as they're expressed in great films, then immediately apply these concepts. Videos, articles and discussion steps will offer you the opportunity to learn and engage with other learners on key concepts and ideas. By the end of the course, you will understand the key concepts necessary to write an effective screenplay and be fluent in the language used to discuss the form.
The University of East Anglia's School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing have built this course with instructors and recent alumni from their famed course in Creative Writing.