||MCW685 - Basics of Screenwriting
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|Course Description: Introduction to the craft of screenwriting, particularly in regards to the principles of narrative and storytelling, traditional three-act structure, character, and dialogue. Through intensive reading and writing exercises, along with workshop critiques, students produce a finished treatment and the beginning of a feature-length screenplay.
|Course Learning Outcomes:
- Develop view, read, analyze, and evaluate published and produced scripts for the
purpose of understanding the major constituent elements of a traditional
- Identify the individual components of a successful screenplay.
- Understand the traditional three-act structure and its elements, including initial
conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement.
- Generate a compelling and coherent plot of the level that would sustain a feature- length film.
- Create multi-faceted and complex characters, and be able to create effective
- Produce a complete and compact treatment, which successfully conveys their
script idea in an engaged and compact format.
- Produce a successful and significant sample of a screenplay draft.
|Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN CREATIVE WRITING
- Critique specific works of literature and
- Develop publishable-quality writing in fiction,
literary nonfiction, poetry, or screenwriting.
- Evaluate different literary formats.
- Evaluate various aesthetic theories of fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, or screenwriting.
- Formulate practical and theoretical models of teaching and learning the writing of fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry and screenwriting.
- Implement craft principles of plot, characterization, style,
point of view, narrative technique, language, form, dialogue, and
other issues of screenwriting.
Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.
Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.
The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations
National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:
Contact the Library:
- (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
- 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)
Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help
- Recorded class presentations
- Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:
- Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
- Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
- There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures