Dr Alison Peirse
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue
John Yorke, Into the woods : a five act journey into story (London: Penguin, 2013)
Paul Ashton, The calling card script : a writer's toolbox for stage, screen and radio (London: A&C Black, 2011).
Edward Fink, Dramatic Story Structure: A Primer for Screenwriters ISBN: 9781135081225 (e-book) (London: Routledge, 2013)
I highly recommend that you purchase a second-hand copy of Into the Woods. There are print copies in the Library but they are limited. The Calling Card Script and Dramatic Story Structure are both available as eBooks through the library catalogue so you do not need to purchase copies of these if you are happy to read these books online. All film and television viewing will be freely available to stream anytime via Box of Broadcasts.
Weekly Viewing and Reading:
Week One: Introduction
My mad fat diary : series 1 [videorecording]. (2013 - 2014, created by Tom Bidwell, E4, UK)
Series One Episode One ‘Big Wide World’. 47 mins.
Series One Episode Two ‘Touched’. 47 mins.
Chewing Gum (2015 – 2015, created by Michaela Coel, E4, UK)
Series One Episode One ‘Sex and Violence’. 25 mins.
Series One Episode Two ‘Binned’. 25 mins.
Michael Rabiger, Developing Story Ideas 3rd ed. (London: Routledge, 2016), pp.73 – 78. Chapter ‘The Tools of the Dramatist’.
Paul Ashton, The Calling Card Script (London: A&C Black, 2011), pp.11 – 13, 49 - 54. Sections ‘The Writer as Medium’, ‘Where to Begin’.
Week Two: Character I
Point break [videorecording]. (1991, dir. Kathryn Bigelow, USA). 122 mins.
Point Break Screenplay. All scripts will be provided as PDFs on Minerva.
John Yorke, Into the Woods: A Five Act Journey into Story (London: Penguin, 2013), pp.3 – 31; 45 - 60. Chapter 1 ‘What is a Story?’, Chapter 2 ‘Three Act Structure’, Chapter 4 ‘The Importance of Change’.
Ashton, The Calling Card Script, pp.77 – 93. Section ‘Getting into Character’.
Week Three: Character II
Bros, ‘When Will I Be Famous?’ Official Music Video (1988): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvQTTA9raJU 4.20 mins.
Bros, ‘I Owe You Nothing’ Official Music Video (1988):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yu0T9n5uos 3.40 mins.
Bros : after the screaming stops [videorecording] (2018, dir. Joe Pearlman & David Soutar, UK). 98 mins.
Yorke, Into the Woods, pp.123 – 151. Chapters 12 – 15. Chapter 14 available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.
Ashton, The Calling Card Script, pp.122 – 138. Section ‘Deeper into Character’.
Neil Landau, TV writing on demand : creating great content in the digital era ISBN: 9781138705715 (pbk.); 9781138705692 (hardback); 9781315202150 (e-book) (London: Routledge, 2018), pp.127 – 150. Chapter 7 ‘Character Empathy vs Sympathy’.
Week Four: Dialogue I
Fleabag (2016, created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, BBC3, UK)
Episode One. 26 mins.
Episode Two. 26 mins.
Episode Three. 25 mins.
Episode Four. 26 mins.
Episode Five. 23 mins.
Episode Six. 25 mins.
Fleabag Pilot Script.
Ashton, The Calling Card Script, pp.198 – 217. Section ‘The Character’s Voice’.
Edward Fink, Dramatic story structure : a primer for screenwriters ISBN: 9781135081225 (e-book) (London: Routledge, 2014), pp.84 – 105. Chapter 5 Dialogue.
Recommended further reading:
Steven Maras, Screenwriting : history, theory and practice ISBN: 9781905674817 (pbk.) : £16.99; 9781905674824 (hbk.) : £45.00; 1905674821 (hbk.) : £45.00; 1905674813 (pbk.) : £16.99 (London: Wallflower, 2009). Chapter 4 'Reading the Screenplay', pp.63 - 78.
Week Five: Plot & Structure I: Linear Films
Wallace and Gromit : the wrong trousers [videorecording]. (1993, dir. Nick Park, UK). 29 mins.
The Script Lab on 'Three Acts' - read sections on Act One, Act Two, Act Three: https://thescriptlab.com/category/screenwriting/structure/three-acts/
The Script Lab on the alternative, 'eight sequence' model: https://thescriptlab.com/screenwriting/structure/the-sequence/45-the-eight-sequences/
The Script Lab on the midpoint: https://thescriptlab.com/features/screenwriting-101/1755-dramatic-midpoints-raising-the-stakes/ and on the midpoint mirror: https://thescriptlab.com/screenwriting/script-tips/895-understanding-the-midpoint-mirror/
Read a couple of The Script Lab Five Plot Point Breakdowns: https://thescriptlab.com/5-plot-point-breakdowns/
Go into the Story How to Raise the Stakes: https://gointothestory.blcklst.com/reader-question-how-to-raise-the-stakes-in-the-plot-378a187d532d
You may wish to revisit Chapter 2 'Three Act Structure' of Yorke, Into the Woods
Then read IYorke, Into the Woods, Chapter 3 'Five Act Structure', (Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva) Chapter 5 'How We Tell Stories', Chapter 8 'The Inciting Incident' (Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva).
Suggested further reading:
Craig Batty, Screenplays : how to write and sell them ISBN: 9781842436448 (e-book) (Harpenden: Kamera, 2012), pp.75 – 100. Chapter 6 ‘Designing a Structure’.
Week Six: Plot & Structure II: Nonlinear Films
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind (2004, dir. Michel Gondry, USA). 108 mins.
Ashton, The Calling Card Script, pp.55 – 63. Section ‘Kinds of Stories’.
Ken Dancyger and Jeff Rush, Alternative scriptwriting : beyond the Hollywood formula ISBN: 9780240522463 (pbk.); 9780240522470 (ebk.); 9781136053627 (ebk.) 5th ed. (Abingdon: Focal Press, 2013), pp.193 – 202. Chapter 14 ‘The Non-Linear Film’.
Recommended further reading:
Pilar Alessandra, The coffee break screenwriter...breaks the rules : a guide for the rebel writer ISBN: 9781615932825 (pbk.) : £9.99 (Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese, 2018), pp.56 – 64. Chapter 6 ‘News Flash: There is No Structure Jail’. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 17/01/2019)
Week Seven: Plot & Structure III: The Importance of Genre
Student choice, at least one episode from Secrets of Cinema genre series
Student choice, at least five shorts in chosen genre from https://www.shortoftheweek.com/
Dancyger and Rush, Alternative Scriptwriting, pp.91 – 121. Chapter 8 ‘Why Genre’, Chapter 9 ‘Working with Genre I’.
Robert McKee, Story : substance, structure, style, and the principles of screenwriting ISBN: 9780413715609 (pbk.); 0413715604 (pbk.); 0413715507 (New York: Regan Books, 1997), pp.79 – 99. Chapter 4 ‘Structure and Genre’.
Week Eight: Plot & Structure IV: The TV Drama Pilot
Veronica Mars : the complete collection [videorecording]. (2004 – 2007, created by Rob Thomas, UPN / The CW, USA)
Episode One. Pilot. 42 mins.
Scandal : the complete first season [videorecording]. (2012 – 2018, created by Shonda Rimes, ABC, USA)
Episode One. Pilot. 45 mins.
Killing Eve [videorecording]. (2018, created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sid Gentle / BBC America, USA / UK)
Episode One. Nice Face. 43 mins.
Veronica Mars Pilot Script.
Scandal Pilot Script.
Killing Eve Pilot Script.
Pamela Douglas, Writing the TV drama series : how to succeed as a professional writer in TV 3rd ed. (Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese, 2018), pp.13 - 37.
Daniel Calvisi, Story maps : TV drama. The structure of the one-hour television pilot (Act Four Screenplays, 2016), pp.32 - 59.
Recommended further reading:
Jason Mittell, Complex TV : the poetics of contemporary television storytelling ISBN: 9780814769607 (pbk.); 9780814771358 (hbk.); 9780814744963 (New York: New York University Press), pp. 55 – 85. Chapter 2 ‘Beginnings’.
Week Nine: Dialogue II
Peaky Blinders (2013 - , created by Steven Knight, BBC2, UK)
Series One. Episode One. 58 mins.
Peaky Blinders Pilot Script.
Yorke, Into the Woods, pp.163 – 168. Chapter 17 ‘Subtext’.
Steve Waters, The secret life of plays ISBN: 9781848420007 (pbk.) : £10.99; 1848420005 (pbk.) : £10.99 (London: Nick Hern Books, 2010), pp.114 – 140. Chapter 6 ‘Powers of Speech: Language as Rhetoric’.
** Easter break. Write and Redraft Screenplay for Summative Assessment**
Week 10: Table Read
No set viewing or craft reading in preparation for this week.
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We should all be feminists ISBN: 9780008115272 (paperback) (Fourth Estate, 2014)
- Aristotle, Poetics (London: Penguin Classics, 2000).
- Mieke Bal, Narratology : introduction to the theory of narrative 4th ed. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017)
- Tara Bennett, Showrunners [electronic resource] : how to run a hit tv show (Titan Books, 2014)
- Christopher Booker, The seven basic plots : why we tell stories(London: Continuum, 2004).
- Wayne C. Booth, The Rhetoric of Fiction Rev ed. (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1983).
- David Bordwell, The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2004).
- Chris Bower, et al, My Very End of the Universe (Rose Metal Press, 2014)
- Randall Brown, A Pocket Guide to Flash Fiction (Matter Press, 2012)
- Daniel P. Calvisi, Story maps : tv drama (Act Four Screenplays, 2016)
- Louis E. Catron, The elements of playwriting (Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, 2002)
- Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street (Bloomsbury, 2004)
- Shelley Cobb, Adaptation, authorship, and contemporary women filmmakers ISBN: 9781137315878 (e-book) (Palgrave, 2014)
- Marti Cook, Write to TV : out of your head and onto the screen 2nd. ed. (Routledge, 2014)
- Sloane Crosley, I was told there'd be cake : essays ISBN: 9781846271854 (pbk.) : No price 9781846271851 (Granta Books, 2008)
- Ken Dancyger & Jeff Rush, Alternative scriptwriting : beyond the Hollywood formula, 5th ed. (London: Focal, 2013).
- Pamela Douglas, The future of television : your guide to creating TV in the new world ISBN: 9781615932146 (pbk.) (Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese, 2015)
- ----- Writing the TV Drama 3rd ed. (Los Angeles: Michael Wiese, 2011)
- Will Dunne, The architecture of story : a technical guide for the dramatic writer(Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2016).
- Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Bloomsbury, 2018)
- Lajos Egri, The art of dramatic writing : its basis in the creative interpretation of human motives (Rockville, MD: Wildside Press, 2007).
- Syd Field, Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting (New York, NY: Delta, 2005).
- Jane Gaines, Pink-Slipped: What Happened to Women in the Silent Film Industries? (University of Illinois Press, 2018)
- Yvonne Grace, Writing for Television (London: Creative Essentials, 2014)
- Jonathan Gottschall, The storytelling animal : how stories make us human (New York, NY: Mariner Books, 2013).
- Dan Gurskis, The short screenplay : your short film from concept to production: Your Short Film from Concept to Production (Independence, KY: Cengage Learning PTR, 2006)
- Jeffrey Hatcher, The art and craft of playwriting(Cincinnati, OH: Story Press, 2000).
- Ari Hiltunen, Aristotle in Hollywood : the anatomy of successful storytelling (Bristol: Intellect, 2001).
- Christina Kallas, Inside the writers' room : conversations with American TV writers (Palgrave, 2013)
- Richard Kearney, On stories (London: Routledge, 2001)
- Gabrielle Kelly and Cheryl Robson (eds), Celluloid Ceiling: Women Film Directors Breaking Through ISBN: 9780956632906 (pbk.); 0956632904 (pbk.) (Supernova Books, 2014)
- Annette Kuhn (ed), Queen of the B's : Ida Lupino behind the camera ISBN: 9780948911897 (Praegar, 1995)
- Anne Lamott, Bird by bird : some instructions on writing and life (Bantam, 1980)
- Neil Landau, The TV Showrunner's Roadmap (Oxford: Focal, 2014)
- Neil Landau, TV writing on demand : creating great content in the digital era (Oxford: Focal Press, 2018)
- Tara L. Masih (ed) The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction (Rose Metal Press, 2013)
- Robert McKee, Story : substance, structure, style, and the principles of screenwriting (London: Methuen, 1999).
- Marsha McReadie, Women Screenwriters Today: Their Lives and Words (Praegar, 2005)
- Janet Neipris, A masterclass in dramatic writing : theater, film, and television (London: Routledge, 2016).
- Katarzyna Paszkiewicz, Genre, authorship and contemporary women filmmakers ISBN: 9781474425278 (e-book) (Edinburgh University Press, 2018)
- Joy Press, Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionising Television (Faber & Faber, 2018)
- William Rabkin, Writing the pilot : creating the series ISBN: 9781546599500 (paperback); 1546599509 (paperback) ISBN: 9781546599500 (paperback); 1546599509 (paperback) (CreateSpace, 2017)
- Dan Rhodes, Anthropology: And a Hundred Other Stories (Canongate, 2010)
- Matthew Ricketson, Telling true stories : navigating the challenges of writing narrative non-fiction (London: Allen & Unwin, 2014)
- Jack Robinson, Days and Nights in W12 (CB Editions, 2010)
- Phoebe Robinson, You can't touch my hair : and other things I still have to explain ISBN: 9780143129202 (trade pbk.) (Plume Books, 2016)
- Joanna Russ, How to suppress women's writing ISBN: 0704339323 new ed. (University of Texas Press, 2018)
- Linda Seger, Writing subtext : what lies beneath ISBN: 9781932907964 (pbk.) : £11.99; 1932907963 (pbk.) : £11.99 2nd ed. (Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese, 2011)
- Zadie Smith, Feel free : essays (London: Penguin, 2018)
- Maya Montañez Smukler, Liberating Hollywood : women directors and the feminist reform of 1970s American cinema ISBN: 9780813587479 (Rutgers University Press, 2018)
- Janet Todd (ed), Women and film ISBN: 0841909369 (alk. paper); 0841909377 (pbk. : alk. paper) (Holmes & Meier, 1988)
- Justin Torres, We the Animals (Granta, 2012)
- Sophie van Llewyn, Bottled Goods (Fairlight, 2018)
- Linda Venis, Inside the room : writing television with the pros at UCLA Extension Writers' Program (Penguin, 2014)
- Christopher Vogler, The writer's journey : mythic structure for writers (Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions, 2007)
- Calum Waddell, The style of sleaze : the American exploitation film, 1959-1977 ISBN: 9781474409254 (hbk.) : £75.00 (Edinburgh University Press, 2018)
- Devin Watson, Horror screenwriting : the nature of fear ISBN: 9781932907605 (pbk.) : £14.99; 1932907602 (pbk.) : £14.99 (Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese, 2009)
This list was last updated on 06/09/2019