About Us
ELSTREE FILM SCHOOL is a film production training facility that recently relocated to a two-floor dedicated training centre and green screen facility in St Albans, Hertfordshire after enjoying many years based at Elstree Film Studios, Borehamwood, England, home to many famous TV and Film Productions including Big Brother, Dancing on Ice and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

Elstree Film School run a variety of film production and scriptwriting courses, as well as film lighting training, movie making courses and TV production training.

Full time, part time and weekend courses are available and our trainers are highly experienced in the UK Film & TV industries. Please browse our courses on the right and we look forward to welcoming you at Elstree Film School.

Elstree Film School - An Introduction to Film and TV Scriptwriting

"I really enjoyed this course and I feel I have learnt a lot which will benefit me in the future. It was very useful to have a tutor who has real life experience, not only of writing film and TV scripts, but of breaking into the TV and film markets. My favourite elements of the course were learning about the structure of films and also of characterisation, and it was especially relevant to have these points demonstrated by film and TV clips so we could see the ideas in action."
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If you've ever wanted to write film and TV screenplays that sizzle but don't know where to start then our Film and TV scriptwriting introduction course will show you the way.

We will provide the springboard you need to put your ideas into reality, creating film and TV scripts that will really work on screen. This course shows you how to create compelling, believable characters that leap off the page, effective, engaging story structures and believable dialogue. You will also learn how to format your script like a professional, a vital skill in such a competitive arena. Let the Elstree Film School show you how to avoid the pitfalls and make your scripts stand out in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Led by a professional film and TV writer you will gain a valuable insight into the world of film and television writing from someone with real world experience.

Whether you've already written for other media and want to find your voice in the world of Film and TV or are bursting to get your ideas on paper for the first time, this course provides you with the solid foundations you need to get your work into the marketplace. Using a combination of tutor examples, script analysis, clip screenings and writing exercises, you'll be armed with the tools you need to give your work the chance it deserves.

Through a combination of lecture and discussion, you will gain an understanding of the basic building blocks necessary for translating your vision into a dramatic, page-turning film or TV script. From three-act structures to character conflict, developing interesting back stories to dealing with criticism of your work, This course provides you with the valuable tools you will need to give your screenplay the very best chance in the marketplace.

This course is designed for people new to film and TV screenwriting, offering a solid grounding in how to create compelling, professionally formatted scripts.

"The tutor clearly has great breadth and depth of knowledge covering the full spectrum of screenwriting. In addition he has great abilities as a teacher. The amount of material we got through in just two days was amazing. The handouts will continue to be useful. Great working lunches too."
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Duration: 2 days.

Price: £375.

Prerequisites: A keen interest in screenwriting.

Location: 21st Century Studios, St Albans, Hertfordshire. For security reasons, further details are only provided upon booking.

Times: 10.00am to 4.30pm.

Equipment: Our fully featured training room includes six top-of-the-range iMac computers configured to work in both Macintosh (OSX) and PC (Windows) modes, ensuring you the maximum familiarity with your chosen operating system.

Further assistance: Our FAQ help page contains the answers to many popular questions. Alternatively please call 01727 827733 to arrange to speak to our training manager.

"Informative and in-depth course that has given me a great foundation. Brilliant that there was such a small class too."
Dare Digital.
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  • Telling and selling stories
  • Film writing versus TV writing - writing shorter form dramatic structures


  • Writing for popular TV - knowing the series bible

The Audience

  • Demographics - knowing your audience and your genre

The Script

  • Script structure
  • Writing effective dialogue
  • Writing effective scene action


  • Story beats
  • Scene action and description - making your intentions clear and succinct
  • Rhythm - pacing your script
  • Hooks - creating a draw for you audience
  • Set-ups and Payoffs
  • Foreshadowing
  • Theme
  • Heroic structure
  • Endings
  • Subplots
  • Counterpoint


  • Character voice
  • Dialogue - creating convincing dialogue
  • Back-story - fleshing out your characters' pasts

The Business

  • The business and market place
  • How to get work
  • Next steps in submitting your scripts and ideas

5-15% discount if you book for more than one delegate!
Further discounts are available when booking multiple courses,
Please call our training secretary on 01727 827733.

Scriptwriting Training Courses
Date Days Total  
April 2014
24/4/14 2 375

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In addition to the courses displayed here at The Elstree Film School, we also run two other websites offering their own specific courses. The courses listed below are our web design training courses which we run at 21st Century New Media Ltd operating out of St Albans, Hertfordshire.

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21BIZ also offer an extensive selection of Microsoft Office training courses, (far too many to list here) including courses for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher and Outlook.