An investigation of screenwriting practice and a screenwriting workshop. Pre/co-requisites: FTS 007, FTS 008 or FTS 009, and FTS 121.
Sarah Nilsen ()
Dates: May 20 - June 14, 2013
Screenwriting is an art and also a craft. Unlike other forms of writing, screenwriting is foremost telling stories cinematically. This class will provide an intensive introduction to both the craft and artistry of screenwriting through the study of successful films, and also intensive writing workshops. Learning how to write screenplays entails first understanding how narratives are structured. As an aspiring screenwriter, you should be an avid film viewer who also reads and analyzes screenplays. We will therefore spend a good portion of the class studying produced film narratives to begin to understand how successful stories are structured. We will also apply some of these principles of effective storytelling to our own stories. Through a writing workshop structure, you will get the chance to have your own screenplay ideas critiqued and also the opportunity to explore the craft of screenwriting. The purpose of the class is to make you a critical viewer of film writing and also to get you started in telling your own stories through moving images.
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