B CUSP 131
Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.
This is a hybrid course focusing on the fundamentals of dramatic writing for the screen. During summer quarter we will focus our energies primarily on two scripting elements - plot structure and character development. Students will write multiple short screenplays over the course of the quarter. They will also work on their peer review and revision skills. In addition to writing short scripts we will be reading screenplays, writing script coverages, verbally pitching our ideas, and exploring the evolution of visual storytelling. Open to all levels of screenwriting experience.
Student learning goals
Utilize the classical cinematic three-act structure (including an active protagonist) to tell a story.
Verbally pitch ideas for both character-driven and plot-driven narratives.
Design stories that incorporate an active protagonist, conflict and tension, rising action and an emotionally satisfying resolution.
Explore the similarities and differences among screenwriting, writing for the stage, new media, and classic short story structure.
Critically analyze both professional and student screenplays in formal and informal forms.
General method of instruction
A mix of lectures, small group collaboration, film screenings, writing exercises, and online work.
This is a hybrid course. Students must have access to a computer on a regular basis to be successful in this course.
Class assignments and grading