Introduction to Screenwriting: Writing the Short Film

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. Open enrollment. Three seats are reserved for first-year students, 3 seats for sophomores, 2 seats for juniors, 2 seats for seniors. The program maintains a waiting list. If you are unable to secure a seat, please add your name to the waitlist for CWR 348.

If reserved seats remain or become available during Add/Drop, Creative Writing Program staff will reach out to students on the waitlist with enrollment assistance.

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