An introduction to the writing of feature-length screenplays. Students will learn the elements, formatting, and conventions of successful screenplays, and will learn to produce complete plots and scenes. This course is designed to give students a basis for future personal creative work.
- Analyze published and produced scripts for the purpose of understanding the major constituent elements of a traditional screenplay.
- Identify the individual components of a successful screenplay, including the traditional three-act structure.
- Employ proper screenplay formatting
- Generate a compelling and coherent original plot of the level that would sustain a feature-length film.
- Apply course concepts to produce a complete and compact treatment, which successfully conveys their script idea.
- Apply course concepts to produce a successful and significant sample collection of scenes written in screenplay format.
- Reflect critically on their own work and writing strategies in order to apply them to future personal creative work.
Weekly reading and writing assignments. Viewing of and response to required films. A 4-5 page treatment of a feature-length script. A collection of 8-10 pages of scenes written in screenplay format.
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