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South Africa’s feature film industry is mushrooming – and, as a result, is in desperate need of good home-grown scripts.
“South Africa has a booming film industry with world class technicians,” says Michéle Rowe, a noted South African screenwriter. “The one area where we lag behind is in the development of skilled screenwriters. With our growing links to international producers and content seekers, the time has never been better to tell our own stories.”
In response, All About Writing, the country’s foremost creative writing training organisation, has devised a course to teach the essential elements that make up a screenplay, whether for the big screen or television.
The course is run entirely online, with a great deal of personal feedback and individual attention, both written and via skype call.
Michéle Rowe and Richard Beynon, both multiple award-winning scriptwriters, who run the course, have decades of experience in the industry.
The 10-module course is filled with easy-to-learn principles on how to tell a great story, how to develop compelling characters, and the rules of plotting and structure. You’ll end the course having written a treatment. This essential blueprint is the first step in attracting the attention of producers and actors.
“Developing a story for film is a uniquely creative process, intensely collaborative and filled with exciting possibilities,” says Beynon. And Rowe adds, “If you have ever fantasised about watching your very own story unfold on the screen, this course is guaranteed to move you closer to that goal.”
Suitable both for beginners, who have never written before, and writers working in other mediums, it is substantive enough to satisfy screenwriters who are “stuck” or who want to refresh themselves on the basic techniques.
In short, anyone with a great idea for a movie can find in this course the means to take it that step further.
All About Writing is a writing training company founded in 2007 by two writing professionals, novelist Jo-Anne Richards and scriptwriter Richard Beynon. They offer courses, both online and face-to-face, which include creative writing courses, scriptwriting courses, intensive online writing workouts and a mentoring programme as well as workshops and writing retreats including an annual retreat in Venice, Italy.