Course Description

In this independent “studio practicum” taken concurrently with MDC 680, students develop a “first draft” of an original screenplay guided by practical assignments developed by the instructor. The original draft screenplay will receive a minimum of two individual critical reviews.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the underlying principles for writing a screenplay, including the three-act structure, creating dramatic or comedic conflict, developing dynamic characters, and telling a story visually.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in the screenplay form including appropriate formatting, writing of dialog and expression of visual thinking.
  • Write a formal, critical essay that reflects upon the process of screenwriting.
  • Revise the logline to reflect a deeper sense of the tools learned during the writing process.

Prerequisites

Corequisite

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