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Course Overview

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.

Cinematic story, form and structure
  • Cinematic story and form
  • Story structure
  • Reflections
Character, writing the scene and first draft
  • Character
  • Creating the scene
  • Writing your first draft
  • Next steps

There are no formal requirements for this course, just an interest in screenwriting.

By the end of the course you will receive an Ozone certification.  This certification is evidence that you are able to…
  • Explore key issues in the practice of creating screenplays
  • Explain the basic principles of the screenwriting process
  • Identify the essentials of the screenplay format
  • Discuss the construction of a professional script
  • Design a story ‘pitch’