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Writing for the Screen I

Semester and Year FA 2019
Course Number ARTS-UG1570
Section 001
Instructor Selma Thompson
Days R
Time 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Units 4
Level U



This workshop is for writers ready and willing to make the time commitment necessary to produce a well-structured outline and at least the first draft of a feature-length screenplay. We will hone our craft through writing exercises, and through screenings of film scenes that illustrate aspects of dramatic writing. Attention will be paid to the fundamentals of drama, including dialogue, subtext, motivation and character-revealing action. The majority of our time will be spent presenting work and giving/receiving feedback; the ability to engage in collaborative discussion, and offer useful commentary, is an essential professional skill. Additionally, we will read/analyze recently produced screenplays to understand structure and how to make the story exciting “on the page”. Students should come to the class with some scriptwriting experience and/or a background in acting or film.


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Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)