This course will introduce students to core screenwriting principles and techniques. Questions of thematic cohesiveness, plot construction, logical cause and effect, character behavior, dialogue, genre consistency and pace will be explored as students gain confidence in the form by completing a number of short screenplays. The course will illustrate and analyze the power of visual storytelling to communicate a story to an audience, and will guide students to create texts that serve as “blueprints” for emotionally powerful and immersive visual experiences. Final portfolio will include one short exercise and two short screenplays.
Prerequisites and Restrictions
No prerequisites. Enrollment is open to all. Three seats are reserved for first-year students, 3 seats for sophomores, 2 seats for juniors, 2 seats for seniors. The program is unable to maintain a waiting list. If reserved seats remain available during Add/Drop, you may write to Katie Welsh at Kwelsh@princeton.edu for enrollment assistance.