This advanced screenwriting course will introduce students to the post 1990’s “golden age of television” and outline the differences between writing for film and a scripted TV series. Students will be required to watch a television pilot each week and engage in an in-depth discussion about its structure, pacing, character development, etc. Each student will formulate and pitch an original series idea and write their own pilot, (50-60 pages) due by the end of the semester.
Sample reading list:
David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones
JJ Abrams & Damon Lindelof, Lost
Terence Winter, Boardwalk Empire
Not Open to Freshmen.
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Interested students complete a Creative Writing application by attaching a statement about why they would like to take the course and optionally a 3-4 page creative writing sample in any genre. Please note this course CANNOT be audited. A prerequisite of 2 prior CWR courses or permission of the instructor. Application deadline is April 17, 2015.