THE ART & CRAFT OF SCI-FI
Mastering Genre Storytelling for Screenwriters & Filmmakers
Sci-fi is an increasingly popular genre with an identifiable audience and lots of fresh opportunities for story-world development. This genre, once thought to require expensive budgets, is increasingly being written for low-budgets by emerging filmmakers, such as Mike Cahill’s Another Earth (2011) or I, Origins (2014). More recently, 2015 BIFA Award winner, Ex Machina created a powerful human story in a future dystopia which competed well when up against conventional and powerful dramas of that year.
This one-evening course – part of the Mastering Genre series – helps you understand the conventions and tropes of specific genre storytelling. Whether you stick to the conventions or bend them, your ability to write a sci-fi genre screenplay that sells requires a deep understanding of the style and structure of the specific genre as a foundation to make your script exceptional.
This evening class is available separately or as part of the Mastering Genre Workshop Series.
What you’ll learn:
- Define and distinguish sci-fi genre
- Learn structural and story conventions of sci-fi genre scripts
- Understand style and thematic tropes of science fiction
- How and where to bend and play with these conventions in the script
- How understanding “genre” can help you write a strong story outline
Whether your passion is to create an award-winning short film, the next viral web series or feature screen gem, this short course will help provide a writer’s road map for your script.