Finding the lightbulb moment: creativity and inspiration in the teaching of the craft of screenwriting
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The writing of a screenplay requires inspiration and its development via the processes of creativity and the tools of craft. This paper explores a practical integration of creativity and craft in The Creativity Workshop for Screenwriting, a workshop intensive where university screenwriting students were encouraged to seek inspiration through a structured series of creative exercises and develop an awareness of their own creative process in the writing of the proposal for a screenplay. This paper overviews key theories of creativity and the treatment of creativity in screenwriting craft manuals and considers the importance given to the creative process as an element of the teaching of screenwriting craft. It builds on earlier work by the author in the paper Can Creativity Be Taught? (McVeigh, 2014) which outlined the stages of the creative process in the teaching of screenwriting.
13th Annual ASPERA Conference. Screen Production Research: The Big Questions
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Film, Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified