Module Identifier TF20220  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Terence F Bailey  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Pre-Requisite TF10210 , TF10320 , TF10410 , TF10510  
Co-Requisite TF32330  
Mutually Exclusive FT20220  
Course delivery Lecture   12 Hours 12 hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   20 Hours Tutorials 1 hour  
  Other   Workshops 18 hours  
Further details For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at  

Learning outcomes

Typically, on completion of this module, a student will be able to:
demonstrate an ability to develop, produce and present, in a specific format, a 10 minute screenplay to a specified process and a specified schedule.

demonstrate an understanding of, and an ability to manipulate, a number of fundamental elements of dramatic narrative construction.

apply the knowledge and skills gained in these processes to a critical reflection on their own, other students' and other writers' methods and screenplays.

Brief description

In Semester 1 you will develop your idea for a short film screenplay through the writing of a 40 word premise, a 100 word Story Outline, a 500 word Treatment and a 1500 word Step Outline by December. In Semester 2, you will develop and revise your Step Outline into a 10 minutes screenplay and complete the development of your Critical Project Appraisal.

During the lectures and workshops over both semesters you will be discussing and practising a number of approaches to the following building blocks of dramatic screenwriting: subject, story, structure, plot, character, dialogue, narrative devices, presentation and format.


Reading and Viewing

As well as working in detail with a number of short films from my own collection, we'll also be examining techniques used in the following generally available films among others:

The Usual Suspects
Jackie Brown
Citizen Kane
The 39 Steps
The Shining
Raining Stones
Cinema Paradiso
Rosemary's Baby
Hamlet (Brannagh)
Groundhog Day


This module is at CQFW Level 5