ENGL-284 Introduction to Script Writing
Fall for 2015-2016
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental elements of writing for the large (film) and small (television) screen. It roots in the core precept that plot is character is action. Which means that the first object of study for all dramatic writing must be the examination of character. In workshop exercises, complemented by theoretical models from Keirsey and Greimas, students develop techniques for character analysis and development. At the same time, week by week, they examine character development in iconic films from a wide range of periods and genres. By the end of the term each student will have generated a short (20 minute) film for television and a short (20 minute) film for the wider screen. Students should note that in addition to class meetings during the week, they are also required to attend throughout the term regular film screenings on Sunday afternoons.
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