Script Writing: Write a Pilot Episode for a TV or Web Series (Project-Centered Course) (Coursera)
In this project-centered course*, you will design a series bible and write a complete pilot episode for your own unique television or web series, be it drama or comedy or something in between. You’ll learn to break down the creative process into components, and you’ll discover a structured process that allows you to produce a polished and pitch-ready script in just a few weeks. Completing this project will increase your confidence in your ideas and abilities, and you’ll feel prepared to pitch your first script and get started on your next.
“Loving it! I am so excited by what I'm writing. I have never done anything like this before…. I've been able to do a lot of research for my story and learn a bunch of history. It's like getting a Liberal Arts degree all in one assignment.” - Alesha
The course curriculum is simple: you’ll write, revise your work, and share feedback with your peers.
The ten scripts that receive the highest peer review ratings will also be personally reviewed by a group of well-regarded professional writers, and the script authors will receive personal feedback on their work.
What you’ll need to get started:
To begin with, any basic word processor will do. During week two, you can choose to download some free scriptwriting software such as Celtx or Trelby or you may choose to purchase Final Draft, or you can continue to use your word processor and do your own script formatting.
Learner Review: "I am in love with this course. Having never written a script before, or any substantive fiction since college (15 years ago) I had a small idea in my head that has now exploded into something I really believe in. David's guidance is spot on, he's his own compelling story teller, he gives you enough, and then you have to figure it out, make it happen, WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! "
*About Project-Centered Courses: This is a ‘project-centered course’, which means it is designed specifically to help you complete a personally meaningful real-world project, with your instructor and a community of learners with similar goals providing guidance and suggestions along the way. By actively applying new concepts as you learn, you’ll master the course content more efficiently; you’ll also get a head start on using the skills you gain to make positive changes in your life and career. When you complete the course, you’ll have a finished project that you’ll be proud to use and share.
Time: 1-2 hours of study, 30+ hours of active project work
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