Cinematic Writing

Course Description

Analysis and structural breakdown of classic and current screenplays and introduction to the ‘cinematic idea.’ Students will learn how screenwriters from the past and present achieved cinematic storytelling in a written work designed to be part of a larger collaborative medium. This course does not require students to write screenplays. Assignments include structural breakdowns of films, course participation and discussion.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the narrative structure conventions of classic and current screenplays to evaluate genre and style.
  • Analyze the concept of the cinematic idea in produced films and written scripts deemed to be exemplars in the medium.
  • Integrate an understanding of cinematic narrative structures and ideas as a starting point for student content creation.

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