MA in Screenwriting
The LFS MA Screenwriting course is an intense one-year programme with the emphasis on developing the writer's original voice through small group and one-to-one mentoring from industry professionals.
LFS aims to encourage writing as a continuous practice, to stimulate reflective and critical approaches and to provide a specific historical background to film narrative, genres, and dramaturgy.
The course is aimed at developing screenwriting skills in the context of a filmmaking community where writing is an everyday practice and a collaborative process involving actors, directors, musicians, editors and producers. At LFS we explore the boundaries between writing and directing and stimulate debate through classes in film history, crosscultural approaches to dramaturgy and script readings with professional actors. Regular screenings of classic and contemporary films in our own film theatre and visits by contemporary filmmakers complement the core practical work of developing a feature screenplay.
The MA Screenwriting programme provides a year of critical and creative development, a network of future contacts and a space where a writer can define their interests and particular talent. This is a course that is more interested in content over structure, individual development over the imposition of a universal model or set of rules. At LFS we believe that the study and practice of screenwriting requires an understanding of the technical aspects of filmmaking and of different approaches to narrative as well as the working methods and practice of professional screenwriters as members of a creative team.
We are looking for writers who are excited about writing for the screen, who have a background in writing for other mediums, directors who are seeking to write their own feature script and writers who wish to establish long-term mentoring relationships with development professionals.
- To encourage writing as a state of mind and everyday practice
- To stimulate a reflective and critical approach to practice
- To provide an historical background to film narrative
- To place the screenplay in the context of a collaborative filmmaking process
- To explore the boundaries between writing, directing and producing
- To stimulate alternative approaches to screenwriting through awareness of different dramaturgical traditions
- To take on writers who wish to develop a long-term mentoring relationship with working professionals
- To focus on the writers individual development above issues of structure and dramaturgy
- To create a context where the writer works with others involved in the filmmaking community - directors, actors, musicians, producers
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