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Screenplay Writing Course in Kolkata - RACPA Film Institute

Course Overview

RACPA’s Script Writing programme is designed to professionalize writers and present a genuine gateway into the film and television industries. Over the course of several months, students will work with leading industry practitioners to develop their screenwriting, pitching and story-breaking skills. By the end of the programme, each student will have developed a full-length feature film screenplay, a pilot TV episode and two short films. Like all courses, this programme is taught by practitioners and as such, it is vocationally-oriented and industry-focused. Students will have access to individual career guidance and training in how to navigate entry-level work in both the television and film industries.

Details of Screenplay Writing Course Module

Story Concept:

What is a story? Definition of a story. Understanding the elements of a story.
Script writing is telling the story through Scenes.
Difference between writing for print medium and screen medium. Comparison of the both.
Source of a story idea. Germination and nurturing an idea. The target audience of the story or script.

Structure of a Screenplay

Chronology:

The time span of the story.
Creating curiosity i.e. what next?
Creating the logic in the script i.e. why next?
Creating Emotion in the script.
Three Act structure.

Characterization

Character background:

The goal or need of the character. What does he or she want to achieve in the story span?
What are the obstacles against that goal?
What he/she does to overcome the obstacles or how they come into terms with it i.e. the action line of the character.
Their internal turmoil.i.e. the emotional line of the character.
The character as well as what they do are the subject of the story or script.
The story is a journey of a character. The character should evolve through the story. They cannot stand still.
Film Dialogues: It’s realistic as well as purposeful nature
Dialogue reveals the character as well as steers the story.
Importance of gestures instead of dialogue.

Scenes:

The basic unit or block of the script. A scene is an event.
Choice of location and time of scenes. Location and time say many things which can help the scene. Importance of Location & Time.
Context and Content of a scene.
Scene Structures.
Genres of Films
Twenty Master Plots for every script.
Analysis of masterworks as we proceed through this curriculum as well as Writing and developing short scripts by the students.