Introduction to Screenwriting

Prerequisite: None. (Motion Picture Fundamentals recommended.) 42 classroom hours.

Fall 2014
  • FLM228A Mon 6:00-9:00 Heidekat Sign Up
  • FLM228B Tue 6:00-9:00 Heidekat Sign Up

As an introduction to writing for film and video, this course combines theory, analysis and practical exercise. Screenwriting basics are covered including story, structure, scene, character, dialogue and action. Students develop stories, scenes, and characters and examine the ways in which these elements can be combined in a screenplay. Writing for documentaries is also discussed. Students are required to see selected current films for discussion. Considerable outside work is necessary. Grading is based on the quality of the writing assignments, homework and class participation. In addition to tuition, a $35 course fee is charged.