The art of screenwriting

THE Australian Film Television and Radio School will be bringing a one-day course, “Screenwriting Part One”, to Canberra next week.

The course is an introduction to the art of screenwriting and provides students with the essential skills to construct and deconstruct  film story lines.

Professional playwright and screenwriting lecturer Carl Caulfield uses clips and scripts from well-known classic and modern era films, from “Citizen Kane” to “Slumdog Millionaire” and “The King’s Speech”,  to guide participants through the processes, techniques and tools needed, exploring not only the “story” but the importance of its structure, how to build scenes, suspense and  captivating characters.

Dr Caulfield has lectured in screenwriting in the UK, the University of  Newcastle and Australian Film Television and Radio School.

His scripts and plays include the 2010 CONDA award-winning “Shakespeare’s Fool”. His play for young people, “The Mystery of Roger Mullaney” is  a popular text in Australian schools and his play, “Being Sellers”, was staged in the UK and US in 2011.

This initiative is part of the school’s recently expanded regional training program, “AFTRS OPEN”, offering a broad range of film, television and radio courses all year round across Australia in partnership with local organisations, here by Screen ACT.

The Australian Film Television and Radio School, “Screenwriting Part One”, ScreenACT training room, 216 Northbourne Ave, Braddon, Saturday,  June 16. Cost: $95. Bookings essential to

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