Script, Screenwriting Development & Pre-Production Module

DevelopmentCourse Overview

Over three weeks, participants will learn how to develop their projects (a 10 min documentary and a 15 min short film script) for the screen by giving them the chance to train, network and pitch one’s project to others.

The program’s second objective is to develop an effective Pre-Production strategy for participating projects, through a series of group sessions, individual consultations, case studies and Q&A sessions.

The courseware aims to clarify and improve the participating projects’ production potential in terms of target markets & audiences, and offers them opportunities to connect with the industry through co-operations, co-productions and Film Festivals.

Development & Pre-Production – 3 Weeks

  1. Script Structure
  2. Character Development
  3. Script Dialogue
  4. From Script to Storyboard
  1. Storyboarding
  2. Research
  3. Locations
  4. Equipment
  1. Crew
  2. Props & Costumes
  3. Casting
  4. Schedule, Permits & Release Forms

Courseware is a mix of classroom lessons, brainstorming workshops, assignments and a final course project.


Development & Pre-Production – Course Hours Breakdown:

School Hours:
27 Hrs. Contact (Theoretical – with Tutor)
9 Hrs. HandsOn (Practical – with Tutor)

Extra Hours:
15 Hrs. Self Study (Assignments)
80 Hrs. Assessment (Course Project)

131 Hrs. Total Course Hours


Starting Date Option 1: 23rd October 2017 – 700

Starting Date Option 2: 30th April 2018 – 750

Classes: 4 Days/Week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Time:  10:00-13:00

Open to anyone 18yrs + and courses are delivered in English. Students are required to provide their own laptop.

All classes have a participation of a maximum of 6 students, to guarantee individual attention.

Tutors are available on phone & online to provide 24/7 support.

Participants are encouraged to assist on other HandsOn Malta Student’s film productions as a member of their crew, providing everyone with extensive on set experience.

Participants are given the opportunity to enhance their portfolio by participating and delivering on commercial projects. (T&Cs apply)

Professional Equipment will be provided by the School for the duration of the course.

No other fees.

Booking & More Info:

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