FILM 120 : Introduction to Screenwriting
Beginning script writing for film and television. Combination small lecture/workshop approach focusing on techniques, formats, and structure of scripts; plot and character development. Co-listed with MEDIA 140. This class will include students from multiple sections. (H)
- Write beginning scenes for film and television.
- Produce a series of short scenes and/or commercials. Complete one polished longer script, either for a short film or a television show.
- Discuss and apply concepts of structure and character development outlined in text and lectures.
- Discuss and analyze scripts by professional writers.
- Model own scripts after scripts by professional writers and after structures discussed in lectures and text.
- Develop new script ideas based on models from class.
- Analyze representative scenes from filmed versions of scripts and apply visual and narrative concepts from these scenes to producing original scripts.
- Interact successfully with others in a workshop setting, giving and taking constructive criticism.
- Recognize the limitations and possibilities of film as a written and visual medium and the differences between writing for film and other forms of creative writing. Apply this knowledge to own script writing.
- Produce scripts that apply visual motifs, as well as narrative structures and well-crafted dialogue.
- Analyze commercials, television shows, and films according to their underlying narrative structures and persuasive (propaganda) techniques.