The Craft of Screenwriting: Scenes, Shorts, and Series
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In this class combining screenwriting and film/media studies, students will enhance their understanding of dramatic writing while they analyze professional screenplays/teleplays and critically examine produced films/episodic programs representing a broad range of formats where screenwriting can be applied (film, television, mockumentary, sketch comedy, web series, etc.). They will apply what they learn about dramatic writing to build their own screenwriting portfolios comprising short screenplays, teleplays for half-hour comedies, or web series scripts for new media platforms like YouTube. With instructor permission, students may choose to develop one-hour dramas or feature screenplays.
The workshop portion of the class will depend on class size and student interest, but each student should expect to have 2-3 opportunities to obtain critical feedback on their personal projects in an open workshop format. Students registering for this class should have some idea of the stories they wish to develop from day one, but we won’t begin workshops until week three, so there will be a couple weeks to test drive 1-2 story concepts. By the end of the summer, each student will have a mini-portfolio of workshopped material.
Although this class is geared toward serious writers wishing to create material for audiovisual platforms, those who don’t intend to pursue a writing career may also find that a screenwriting workshop can help develop skills useful in any field, e.g. sensitivity to language, ability to express oneself in writing, capacity to give and receive constructive feedback, and general creative problem-solving skills. Also, there exists potential for future applications in user interfaces and scripts for gaming, AR/VR, and voice-driven AI in the style of Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Screenwriting, Film/Media Production, Content Development, Gaming, AR/VR, User Interfaces/Voice-Driven Applications in AI
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Day
Located in: Olympia
Spring 2020: Contact faculty or check offering in Canvas for first class meeting date and time.