Drama for Social Change

Triggering lasting behavioural and social change

Drama for Social Change

As long as society has existed people have created drama, and that drama has been used to express opinions and garner public opinion. It is intrinsically wound into our society, from the productions that we watch onstage, to the films and television that form our opinions. In the right context, this ultimately makes it a powerful tool for social change.

“The theater itself is not revolutionary: it is a rehearsal for the revolution”, Augusto Boal,  founder of the Theatre of The Oppressed movement.

This course gives participants the theories and skills they need to craft great stories in drama. While the course focuses on video drama, the techniques can also be applied to radio, theatre and novel.  The course includes advanced script-writing in which story arcs and character guides are developed. During the course we plan the drama from treatment to storyboard, and finally shoot short form dramas. You will understand how to tell stories and produce drama that can change attitudes through target audience behavior mapping techniques.

Alongside story theory, the course explores how drama stories mirror learning pathways, therefore offering alternatives. The course also introduces participants to hundreds of different formats, genres and styles of drama. All this provides you with the creative techniques to tell great, persuasive stories in an original way.

Dramas conceptualized at RNTC and during our trainings have gone on to major film festivals, won significant awards and shown direct impact. During your three weeks at RNTC, you will develop a pilot episode of social change drama for your own cause.

Duration
This is a 3-week course.

Venue
This course takes place at the RNTC training centre and studios in Hilversum, which is about 20 minutes by train from Amsterdam Central Station.

Costs
Academic Year: 2019 - 2020

Course fee: 4655.00 Euro

All-in-fee 6500.00 Euro

Course fees include all necessary equipment

Outcomes

On graduation, you will be competent in all stages of drama production: scripting, recording, directing, editing, and producing vibrant, powerful, original video drama. Outcomes include:

  • How to understand target audience needs and behaviors through mapping.
  • How to conceptualize creative ideas for stories
  •  A, B and C plots and how to use them
  • Using symbollism and effective symbols in storytelling
  • Translating ideas into industry-standard scripts
  • Developing character guides for episodic dramas
  • How to plan each stage of production
  • Storyboarding and visualization
  • Low budget drama production using mobile technology
  • Advanced drama production using professional equipment
  • Editing on industry standard software
  • Understanding distribution of drama programs

 

For more information

Contact [email protected]

Course dates

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 09:00 to Friday, November 22, 2019 - 17:00

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Why take this course

This course gives participants the theories and skills they need to craft great stories in short-form video drama. You will understand how to tell stories and produce drama that can change attitudes and lead to social change via channels such as YouTube, and on social and mobile media.

Alongside story theory, the course explores how drama stories mirror learning pathways, therefore offering alternatives. The course also introduces participants to hundreds of different formats, genres and styles of drama. All this provides you with the creative techniques to tell great, persuasive stories in an original way.

You will produce a short pilot of your own social change drama while at RNTC as well as develop thee inputs for a series.

Course outline

This course is geared around participants producing their own video drama production and includes all the theory and hands-on practice to lead towards that final production.

WEEK 1:

In week one, we dive into audience mapping and targetting and the essentials of storytelling.

  • Mapping your target audience
  • Using social media for insights
  • Pitching target audiences
  • What is learning and why this is important to understanding audiences
  • How do people learn? Information, skills, and behaviours
  • The ingredients of persuasive aims
  • Investigating examples – persuading target audiences
  • Applying persuasion to your own context
  • Facts versus story: what are the differences and when is each appropriate.
  • The eight essential elements of story
  • Types of formats
  • Create characters to engage audiences, Character guides and arcs.
  • A, B, C plots
  • Moral Premises to focus narrative.

WEEK 2:

In week two, we learn some of the more technical aspects of producing online multimedia content:

  • The production process
  • The treatment, the Logline, The Outline: The Creative Business
  • Screenwriting 101, The script format and formatting your screenplay to industry standards.
  • Creativity and brainstorming
  • Working with actors
  • Shooting and editing video

WEEK 3

In the third week, we unite the theory and the technical skills in creating an online video soap. You will thoroughly plan, script, and work with actors to produce a video that is aimed at creating change. The final project will get you practicing everything you have learnt and apply it to a topic of your choosing.

  • Preparation of premise of your drama
  • Pitching with feedback
  • Pre-production and planning of your project
  • You will recieve mentorship and feedback at each stage of the practice phase
  • Hands on production and editing of your project
  • Viewing, feedback and final assessments
  • Graduation
Dates and deadlines

Course dates: 4 November - 22 November 2019 OKP & MSP Scholarship application window: 7 February - 14 March 2019

Admission requirements
You have a minimum of one year’s working experience in broadcast, print and/or online media, in a capacity as drama producer, writer, or director. Also suitable for media professionals who want to move into short-form, online drama production for social change.

You are able to provide the original proof (or a properly certified copy) of your most recent educational qualification in secondary or higher education.

You have sufficient skills in spoken and written English as this is the working language for our courses.

 

Certificate

After you have completed all the course sessions and assignments you will receive an RNTC certificate and join the ranks of our more than 5,500+ RNTC alumni worldwide.

Scholarships

You may qualify for a scholarship for an RNTC course. The most commonly awarded scholarships for our courses are the OKP and MSP (MENA) scholarships. OKP fellowships are available for 52 countries and MSP scholarships for 10 countries. For more information, please visit our scholarships page.