This studio course will be equal parts directing and screenwriting, with a special emphasis on social issue-driven material. Students will learn how to bring a script to life in collaboration with actors, production crews, and their fellow students. The course will also critically examine a selection of powerful narrative films and analyze their different approaches to visual storytelling. Specific topics covered will be: the basic tenets of film direction, writing for the screen, effective ways to work with actors, the post-production process, and how journalistic research methods can inform the early stages of the filmmaking process.
Sample reading list:
Andrei Tarkovsky, The Artist’s Responsibility
Daniel Franklin, Politics and Film: The Political Culture of Film
Guy Gallo, Character As True North
David Simon, Stealing Life: The Crusader Behind The Wire
Paola Mendoza, Entre Nos
4 short films: Interview, character study, journalistic treatment, narrative treatment. 4-6 hours per week viewing films for discussion in class. Brief but frequent writing assignments
This course is open to Visual Arts Concentrators. Not Open to Graduate Students.
Juniors and Seniors Only 3
Freshmen and Sophomores Only 7