5 Months Program

Semester Scriptwriting Course

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Semester Scriptwriting Course

Semester Screenwriting Course is practical, full-time, suitable for beginners and taught on our campus in Prague, the Czech Republic. This study program will teach you the basics of screenwriting techniques and includes every week screenwriting practising for short films of your classmates as well as writing script for the final high production value film. You will also be required to learn the basics of filmmaking to make you understand the entire process from pre-production to post-production, which is crucial for kick-starting your career in the film industry. The emphasis on scriptwriting specialisation is given mostly during practical classes

You will learn the basics of screenwriting and write scripts for high production value films.

COURSE FEATURES

Type: Hands-On Training

Dates and Tuition: see Price List & Dates

Application Deadline:
Non-EU Applicants: 30 Sep 2023
EU applicants: 15 Dec 2023

Study Mode: Full Time

Timetable: Mon – Fri (9am – 5pm) 

Language: English

Students: Small Group (10-15 people)

our value proposition

course highlights

Screenwriting Every Week

During the course, you will get a chance to practice writing techniques on dozens of short films of different styles.

High Production Value Film

Write a script for high production value final film shot by your classmates on the most popular cinema cameras such as Red Monstro, Alexa Amira or Sony f55.

Pitching a Script

You will have a chance to pitch your scripts to a panel of industry professionals.

High production value film

During the semester you will invest most of the time practising screenwriting on dozens of short films. At the end of the semester you will write a script for a final film of your classmates which will be of higher production value compared to average school films. Through the guidance of your tutors, you will write scripts that will be produced on the same level as professional film productions. Your movie will be shot with the professional filmmaking equipment at the value of more than 90 000 USD.

what you will study

scriptwriting module

Below you can see the basic topics which you will complete on the course. You will turn into practice all theory acquired in the classroom. During practical exercises, you will equip yourself with basic key skills needed for film scriptwriting and create industry-standard scripts. The curriculum of the Semester Scriptwriting Course is identical to the first semester of the 1 Year Filmmaking Program.

Writing to Theme

Basics of Writing Characters

Basics of Utilizing the Story Frame

Essentials of Dramatic Dialogue

Set-up/Pay-off, Casuality and Cosmology

Twin Tools of Drama: Intrique and Suspense

Introduction to Classic Narrative

Basics of Alternative Story Structures

Episodic Narratives for TV and Webisodes

Short Film Storytelling

Basics of Working with Genre

From Concept to Final Draft

Masterclasses

Learn directly from professionals from the film industry by listening to their personal experiences as scriptwriters.

Consultations with Teachers

Practical Workshops

Practicing screenwriting in the form of stylistic tasks focused on e.g. different genres and character development.

OTHER FILMMAKING MODULES

Cinematography

  • Principles of Camera and Lens Use in Cinematography
  • Basics of Safe Setup, Operation and Control of Cameras and Lenses
  • Practical workshop with Students of Cinematography
  • Compositional Theory of Cinematography
  • Features of Lighting in Cinematography in Creating a Visual Language
  • Different Approaches to Lighting

Directing

  • Basics of Mise-en-Scene Studies
  • Directing Actors
  • Film Theory
  • Basics of Film History
  • Mood Boards

 

Production

  • Film Crew: Roles and Responsabilities
  • Introduction to the Business of Film
  • Basics of Line Producing
  • Project Planning
  • Pitching
  • Casting
  • Basics of Movie Magic Scheduling Software

Post-production

  • Usage of Editing Techniques for Different Production Contexts
  • Types of Shots
  • Emotional Curve of the Scene
  • Timing and Pace
  • Editing for Different Genres
  • Editing in Da Vinci Resolve Software
  • Color grading in Da Vinci Resolve Software
  • Postproduction of Sound

program details

What To Bring?

We recommend that all new Prague Film Institute students purchase their own:

  • Portable external drive with minimum storage 2 TB
  • Laptop for self guided learning and post-production practice. Our goal is to teach students how to use their own computer for high quality results. Make sure that you choose a laptop which meets the minimum recommended specification. However, for tasks which requires specialist software tools, you will be also allowed to use Prague Film Institute’s computer equipment. 
ComponentMinimum RequirementRecommended Requirement
CPUIntel COre i7 or AMD Ryzen 7Intel Core i9 or AMD Ryzen 9
RAM16 GB32 GB+
GPU4 GB VRAM8 GB+ VRAM
Media StorageSSD or RAIDSSD, Direct Attached RAID or NAD RAID (10 GbE)

 

  • Budget for your films – our school emphasizes the importance of practical learning by making films. Unlike standard classroom education, the cost of practical filmmaking can vary a lot depending on your script and the vision of the director and cinematographer. For teacher-led workshops the school will cover all or most production costs. However, for shooting of your own films you and your classmates must pay yourselves. As part of our curriculum we will teach you how to be resourceful when it comes to production expenses. Even with clever budgeting, we estimate that you will need approximately 5 – 10 000 CZK per semester for shooting your projects and on top of it a budget for your final films at the end of each semester. The school will provide for you a bundle of filmmaking equipment and a transportation van, but all other production costs will be your responsibility. We encourage you to plan carefully about the budget of your short film. Write or choose a script that matches the funds you have available to produce it.

What is Included

We understand that by choosing to study with us you are making a big financial commitment. We want to make sure you understand exactly what your tuition fee will cover when you decide to become a Prague Film Institute student.

  • Lectures, workshops & master classes
  • Teaching materials
  • Prague Film Institute Certificate 
  • Equipment (see more here)
    • Industry standard cinema cameras & equipment
    • Full editing suite with post-production software
    • Individual licence to Premiere Pro/Da Vinci/AVID Pro Tool
    • School car for student projects
  • Green-screen and cinema room on-site
  • Field trips to industry partners
  • Discounts at our industry partners

Not Included

  • Air fare
  • Visa fee & health insurance
  • Living expenses (housing, food, transportation)
  • Production cost for your films (such as locations, actors, fuel) 

Hovewer Prague is still cheaper than many European cities. The capital offers very safe living environment with high rating in housing and healthcare.

qualification

After finishing the Semester Scriptwriting Course, you can choose to continue to 1 Year Filmmaking Course and become eligible for the BTEC Level 4 HNC in Film.

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