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Advanced Screenwriting

Course NumberENG 259W
Credits3
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: 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:
  1. Write premise, ask major dramatic question, construct movie map, and compose short film screenplay or first act of longer screenplay.
  2. Direct practice with plot point one, mid-point, plot point two, climax, and resolution.
  3. Practice the art of scene writing and action triggers as they relate to complete work.
  4. Develop the craft of a screen writer.

Revise and edit original work.
Objectives:
  1. Rewrite work in an effort to improve it.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of revision.

Interact productively with instructor and peers for the purpose of developing writing skills.
Objectives:
  1. Give and receive verbal and written responses to student work.
  2. Demonstrate an open attitude towards feedback.

Learn by reading professional screenplays.
Objectives:
  1. Demonstrate ability to understand a professional screenplay and discuss its strengths.




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