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Fall 2018-2019
CWR 348 / VIS 348 (LA)   P/D/F Only

Introduction to Screenwriting: Writing the Short Film

Christina Lazaridi

ENROLLMENT BY APPLICATION OR INTERVIEW. DEPARTMENTAL PERMISSION REQUIRED.

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.

Sample reading list:
Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style
Guy Gallo, The Screenwriter's Compass: Character as True North
Michael Ondaatje, The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film
Michael Tierno, Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters
Roy Armes, Dramatic Structure and Image

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly writing assignments. 60 pages of reading per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 85%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Graduate Students.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Interested students complete a creative writing application (please visit the program website) 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. Application deadline is April 16, 2018. Accepted students will be able to enroll in Tiger Hub May 21st to 25th..

Website:  http://arts.princeton.edu/academics/creative-writing

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22023 C01 01:30:00 pm - 03:50:00 pm W   New South Building   606   Enrolled:8 Limit:10