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.
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.
About this course
This course is geared around participants producing their own video drama production and includes all the theory and hands-on practical skills to lead towards that final production.
Alongside story theory, the course explores how drama can be used to teach people new knowledge, skills and attitudes.
Stories can be incredibly powerful: casting minorities and under-represented members of society in a film or series can have a major impact on viewers, and ultimately change their attitudes and behaviours in the real world.
This 3-week course includes advanced script-writing in which story arcs and character guides are developed. During the course, we plan the narrative from treatment to storyboard and finally shoot short-form dramas.
You will understand how to tell stories and produce narratives that can change attitudes through target audience behaviour mapping techniques.
The course also introduces participants to hundreds of different formats, genres, and styles of drama, including cinema, series and web content. All this provides you with the creative techniques to tell great, persuasive stories in an original way.
▪ 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
Upon graduation, you will be competent in all stages of drama production: scripting, recording, directing, editing and producing vibrant, powerful, original video drama.
✔ 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
✔ Using effective symbolism in storytelling
✔ Translating ideas into industry-standard scripts
✔ Developing character guides for episodic dramas
✔ How to plan each stage of production
✔ Storyboarding and visualisation
✔ Low budget drama production using mobile technology
✔ Advanced drama production using professional equipment
✔ Editing on industry-standard software
✔ Understanding the distribution of drama programmes
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