Drama for Social Change

This course provides the skills for producing video that inspires change, covering all stages of drama production: scripting, recording, directing and editing.

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For thousands of years, people have told stories - created drama to express opinions and garner public opinion. Drama is intrinsically woven into the fabric of our society, from the productions that we watch on stage, to the films and TV programmes that form our opinions. In the right context, this ultimately makes it a powerful tool for social change.

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Barbara Streisand

“Art does not exist only to entertain, but also to challenge one to think, to provoke even to disturb, in a constant search for the truth”

Course outline

In this course you will learn:

  • How to understand target audience needs and behaviours through mapping
  • How to conceptualize creative ideas for stories
  • A, B and C plots/storylines and how to use them
  • About effective symbolism in storytelling
  • How to translate ideas into industry-standard scripts
  • How to develop character guides for episodic dramas
  • How to plan each stage of production
  • Storyboarding and visualization techniques
  • About the distribution of drama programmes

Course outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

✔ Pitch your production ideas
✔ Script, record, direct, and edit vibrant, powerful, original video dramas
✔ Produce low budget dramas using mobile technology
✔ Edit using industry-standard software

Course modules

▪ Mapping your target audience
▪ Using social media for insights
▪ Pitching target audiences
▪ What is learning and why is it important in 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 (storylines)
▪ Moral premises to focus narrative

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

▪ The production process
▪ The Creative Business: the Treatment, the Logline, the Outline
▪ Screenwriting 101: formatting your screenplay to industry standards
▪ Creativity and brainstorming
▪ Working with actors
▪ Shooting and editing video

In the third week, we unite the theory and the technical skills in creating an original, scripted drama of your very own, in a format of your choosing.

You will thoroughly plan, script and work with actors to produce a video that is aimed at creating social change. The final project will put all the theory into practice, enabling you to apply it to any topic you choose.

▪ Preparation of the premise of your drama
▪ Pitching, with feedback
▪ Pre-production and planning of your project
▪ You will receive mentorship and feedback at each stage of the practical phase
▪ Hands-on production and editing of your project
▪ Viewing, feedback, and final assessments

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After you have completed all the course sessions and assignments, you will receive an RNTC certificate and join the ranks of more than 6000 successful RNTC alumni worldwide.

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