Vocational course specializing in a specific film/TV project. Scriptwriting and dramaturgy for commercial feature films and drama series.
Story II is a one-year in-depth vocational course in scriptwriting and dramaturgy. The course provides the knowledge, tools and work ethics required for a career in screenwriting and storytelling.
The course offers the opportunity to work in-depth with own projects, with personal mentoring from a professional screenwriter who provides continuous feedback throughout the project. You will also participate in a ”writers´ room”, working on a TV drama series to be produced during the spring semester together with the Film Crew course participants. By writing/rewriting script and following the demands and views from the production showrunner, you will learn the requirements of scriptwriting on demand in accordance to orders from producers and directors.
The course features some of the industry´s most acclaimed dramatists and have a regular visit from established screenwriters from Hollywood. During the final weeks of the course you get the opportunity to pitch your personal projects at meetings with a number of leading Swedish film companies.
After completion of the course you have in-depth knowledge in the craft of scriptwriting, you have developed and written script for a real-life production and you have gone through the process of preparing and presenting a pitch to a professional audience. You will now be well prepared for commencing your scriptwriting career.
The course encompasses:
• Personal mentoring from a professional dramatist
• Opportunity to develop own projects
• ”Writers´ room” development of a TV drama series
• Participating in the on-set studio film production of your scripts
• Preparation and presentation of a professional pitch
The course is held at Gotlands Filmcentrum in Fårösund.
After completion of the course, the participant should be able to:
Apply classical script structure, theme, character development, conflicts, etc.
Develop commercially viable stories
Thoroughly analyze own and other´s ideas and scripts
Work professionally in a ”writers´room” team
Adapt own script according to changing demands from the production team
Prepare and present a professional pitch
Establish personal contacts with production companies and producers in order to promote yourself as a screenwriter and pitch your scripts.
Course: 26 Aug 2019 – 5 Juni 2020
Application date: 30 April
Study tempo: 100 %
Study length: 1 year
Study allowance level: Folk high school
Study fees: 3 000 SEK/school year.
How to build powerful and captivating stories
Create and present script concepts for feature film and drama series
Analyse idea concepts and form clear loglines
Build a powerful story with writing techniques developed by Hollywood's top dramatists and taught at the world leading film schools USC and UCLA
Create themes, living characters and dramaturgical structures that can captivate a universal audience.
Create memorable, visually strong and dramatic scenes
Write to reach the person to judge your script
Practical techniques for building the various parts of your story
Promotion and pitch
Presentation and argumentation techniques developed by professionals
Feedback from fellow course participants and active professional film producers
Build your platform as a professional screenwriter
Practice and perfect your professional pitch
Some necessary tools you learn
Learn to communicate subtly through
subtitles — what isn’t said or visible.
Learn the importance of a strong midpoint in the story
Point of view
Get unique knowledge in how you can work with the so called POV (point of view) both in telling and in the actual script and how you change POV without losing the interest of the viewer or the reader who is judging your script.
Learn how you can construct the structure for powerful scenes and good transitions between them.
Learn theories how to create unique voice for your character, that also communicate the theme effectively.
Learn how to create unforgettable characters and how you get them to convey themes from different perspectives.
Learn several theories to structure an organic plot, in which the character/characters act out of the plot and their own role as well as personality in it.
Learn different ways to make the theme or underlying issue of the story become visible.
Action vs event
Gain tools to create active characters and the motives that they base their actions on.
Format & Stil
A badly written script won’t be read by professional producers. Learn to write like a professional—and give the producer reading your script a fantastic experience so that your script can be realised!
Most stories fail in the key part known as ‘act 2’ and which the course will teach you everything about.
Get an understanding of the importance of creating a unique world for the story so that the themes of the film may be conveyed.