How can screenwriters prepare for the evolving challenges of our global media world? What types of content, as well as form, will emerging technologies make possible? Do fields like neuroscience help us understand the universal principals behind screenwriting and do tech advances that alter the distance between audience and creator, man and machine, also influence content of our stories? This class will use fairytales, films, games and new media to illustrate universal script principles while creating a rich interdisciplinary lens to explore the innovative intersection of narrative screenwriting, science and technology.
Sample reading list:
Marvin Minsky, The Society of Mind
Henry Jenkins, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide
www.ted.com, TED talks on Entertainment
Moen Kristian, Film and Fairy Tales
Weekly readings and viewings as assigned or provided by instructor (books, blogs, online media, film clips, webisodes). Weekly writing/viewing journal, two short media/film scripts (10- 15 pages each), one final film project or web series (20 – 30 pages total)
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Interested students complete a Creative Writing application by attaching a statement about why they want to take the course and a 3-4 page creative writing sample in any genre. Application deadline is November 22, 2016. This course is not open to Graduate Students.