Instructor: Grant T/R 11:00am-12:20pm
Screenwriters are not considered the auteurs of film—they don’t receive as much attention as the director or actors, but a film cannot exist without them. This course is a rigorous introduction to studying, learning, and practicing screenwriting techniques. We will learn about screenplay structure, analyze dramatic strategies in feature-length and short films, learn and apply correct script form, and creatively engage in the various stages of original scriptwriting. There is heavy emphasis on both reading (which includes watching) and writing; we cannot learn how to write without reading/watching closely and profusely. The assignments include weekly craft readings, watching films, in and out-of-class weekly writing exercises on technique and story-building, and finally, a Final Project Short Film (10-12 page screenplay) that you will work up to by completing two supplementary assignments: 1) an outline of your short film, and 2) the first 5 pages of your short film that you will workshop in-class with fellow group members. You will also need to sign up for, and attend, one in-person conference with me to discuss your short film.