Screenwriting for Film Online

Online - Jan 05 2017

Venue
AFTRS Open Online Courses
Date
Jan 05 2017 - Mar 17 2017
Attendance Pattern
10 weeks, with 2 weekly online chats, Mon & Wed, 7:00pm to 8:30pm.First Chat is Mon 9th Jan. Enrolments close 5/1
Tutor
Anne Brooksbank
Course fee
$880 / $792

Streamline your screenwriting process with this online course that focuses on concept, structure, story and character. By the end of ten weeks, you will have developed your idea into a fully-fledged screenplay story with a traditional three-act structure!

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

You will learn all about the extensive groundwork you do before you actually start writing, and how to apply to those skills to your own screenplay idea. There is a strong focus on the basic elements of screenwriting, including:

  • Concept
  • Structure
  • Story
  • Character

This immensely popular course comprises ten modules with two weekly online chat sessions, a variety of assignments and collaborative activities.

STUDENT FEEDBACK

“Excellent course. I don't think the tutor could have done a better job. They ensured that the online platform for course delivery worked very effectively. Personally, I preferred online to tutorials in person. Much more democratic.”

"I did a few screenwriting courses overseas, but nothing compares to this one, which was so focused on the structure of the script. Everything was really helpful. I'll keep it forever for the development of my future scripts! Thank you so much!"

"An exceptionally valuable course. Each week I received detailed, skilled feedback on assignments submitted. In addition, each chat session was well structured and facilitated practical learning outcomes. The course provides outstanding value for money."

LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE

This is an introductory course. You do not need any prior experience.

WORKLOAD

This course runs for 10 weeks, with an online tutorial session every Monday and Wednesday evening, 7 - 8.30pm AEST.

There is a large workload. You will need to dedicate at least 10 hours per week to 2 × 90 minute online chat sessions, screenplay reading, film viewing, and written assignments.

Your screenplay idea should be original. This course is not appropriate for an adaptation of an existing literary work.

ABOUT THE TUTORS: ANNE BROOKSBANK

Anne Brooksbank is a screenwriter with six AWGIES and an AFI Award to her credit. She was one of the writers for the landmark Australian film Newsfront. She has written episodes for a number of TV series, including G.P., Wildside, Blue Heelers, Water Rats and Hallifax fp. She is the author of eight books, one shortlisted in 2012 for the Prime Minister's Literary Award. Her play, All My Love, about the lifelong love of Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore, toured Australia with good houses and reviews from July 2015 to March 2016. Another tour is planned for 2017-18. Her feature film adaptation, Heatstroke, from an American book, was shot in South Africa in 2013 and has sold to a number of countries. Anne has an MA in English Literature and was a mentor for the Australian Film Commision's Short Feature program. She was an assessor for the AFC, the SA Film Corporation and the Australian Writers Guild.

ABOUT THE TUTORS: GREG WOODLAND

Greg Woodland has been a writer/director of film and video for 25 years, graduating from AFTRS’ three-year directing course in 1989 with a major in scriptwriting. His directing work spans short films, documentaries, educational and corporate dramas, music videos and TVCs. His writing credits include features, short films and documentaries.

Greg has worked as a script consultant and script editor for sixteen years and been an assessor for all Australian and NZ film funding bodies, working on over thirteen hundred feature screenplays for funding bodies and private associations, including Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania, the Australian Film Commission, NSW Film & TV Office, South Australian Film Corporation, Australian Writers Guild, Pacific Film & TV Corporation, Film Queensland, and more.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

You should begin this course with the germ of an idea for a genre-based screenplay, one that has not yet been developed into a concept or screenplay, to work on during the course.

To participate in this course you MUST have an internet connection (broadband wired OR wireless 3G or 4G/LTE), Google Chrome, and the ability to enable cookies within your web browser.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: open@aftrs.edu.au or 1300 065 281

DISCLAIMER

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If a participant wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee. For more information on AFTRS Open's policies, including refund policies, please see our policies page

Acknowledgement

The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.