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Advanced Screenwriting

ENG 259W

Advanced Screenwriting

ENG 259W

Course Description

Prerequisite: ENG 258W. Builds from skills learned in ENG 258W. Explores character, plot, and dialogue development as they relate to screenwriting. Focuses on the completion of a short film screenplay or first thirty pages of a longer work. Includes peer critique, instructor comments, and extensive revision. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Complete original short film screenplay or first act of longer screenplay.

Objectives:

  • Write premise, ask major dramatic question, construct movie map, and compose short film screenplay or first act of longer screenplay.
  • Direct practice with plot point one, mid-point, plot point two, climax, and resolution.
  • Practice the art of scene writing and action triggers as they relate to complete work.
  • Develop the craft of a screen writer.

Revise and edit original work.

Objectives:

  • Rewrite work in an effort to improve it.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of revision.

Interact productively with instructor and peers for the purpose of developing writing skills.

Objectives:

  • Give and receive verbal and written responses to student work.
  • Demonstrate an open attitude towards feedback.

Learn by reading professional screenplays.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate ability to understand a professional screenplay and discuss its strengths.