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

Reading/Writing assignments:
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

Other information:
This course is open to Visual Arts Concentrators. Not Open to Graduate Students.

Reserved Seats:
Juniors and Seniors Only 3
Freshmen and Sophomores Only 7


S01 & U02

(S01) Tuesday, 7:30 - 9:40 pm and
(U02) Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:20 pm