Singapore University of Social Sciences

Scriptwriting: Telling a Compelling Story

Applications Open: 01 April 2019

Applications Close: 31 May 2019

Next Available Intake: July 2019

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1312 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Digital Media

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed


Synopsis

This course takes students through the process of brainstorming a concept or idea, conceiving the storyline, evaluating the target audience, and determining the purpose of the script. Students will learn about the elements of a good story and the importance of point of view, character, action, dialogue, setting, and mood. Through a series of practical writing and critique exercises, students will develop and write a script for a one to two-minute narrative that emphasises visual storytelling. Students will also be required to pitch their scripts using loglines, which is a necessary industry skill.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July

Topics

  • Deciding on the story
  • Evaluating the audience
  • Determining the purpose of the story
  • Working out the elements of a good story
  • Generating the blueprint for the script
  • Doing research for the script
  • Structuring the script
  • Writing the script
  • Revising and refining the script
  • Making it visual
  • Checking copyright and clearance issues
  • Pitching the script with a logline

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise the appropriateness of different creative storytelling methods and narrative design.
  • Prepare information and assessment of the script’s purpose, audience, budget, and schedule.
  • Show the ability to conceptualise ideas for content and select relevant ones for the given media platform.
  • Develop elements of a script for content, making use of audience engagement techniques that best suit the story.
  • Create a short script designed for the given platform and target audience.
  • Examine the copyright or legal issues related to script development and make script changes or obtain the necessary clearances.
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