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Introduction to Screenwriting

Writing 352 - Spring 2020

SPECIAL NOTE: Admission by Wait-list only. Preference will be given to Film & Media Studies AND English majors/minors. Writers will explore the various elements, structure and styles used in crafting a motion picture screenplay. They will experience this process as they conceive, develop and execute the first act of a feature-length script. Writers will create a screenplay story, present an outline for class discussion and analysis, then craft Act One. Writers will be encouraged to consult with the instructor at various stages: concept, outline, character and scene development, and dialogue execution. While the students fashion their screenwriting independently, the class will also explore the general elements of THEME, GENRE, and VOICE. A more specific examination of mechanics, the nuts and bolts of story construction, plotting, pacing, etc. will follow to support the ongoing writing process. In-class exercises will aid the writer in sharpening skills and discovering new approaches to form and content. Writers' work will be shared and discussed regularly in class. Screening of film scenes and sequences will provide students with concrete examples of how dramatic screenwriting evolves once it leaves the writer's hands. Priority given to majors.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumAS HUMFA HUMAR HUM

Section 01

Introduction to Screenwriting
INSTRUCTOR: Chapman
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