Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Blvd
Morrow GA 30260
Screenwriting 101: The Introduction to Screenwriting
Course Title: Screenwriting 101: The Introduction to Screenwriting
Instructor: Len Gibson, writer/producer
Target Audience: This course is designed for anyone who has a genuine interest in writing for television or film with little to no prior experience. Prerequisites (courses and/or assessment or tests): This course is intended for individuals who are new to screenplay writing and have taken less than two screenplay writing courses, classes or workshops. Student Course Materials: The Screenwriters Workbook by Syd Field & Celtx (Free Screenwriting Software for PC's and Macs) Alternate Software: Movie Magic Screenwriting Software or Movie Draft Course Description: Have you always wanted to write a story for film or television? In this course you will learn the basics of writing story treatments and screenplays for film and television. Learn how to create memorable characters through research, development, and psychological methodologies while learning the character hierarchy, the application of major character roles in film and television, the importance of the most common archetypes that are used and you will learn how to write much better dialogue. You will learn how to show not tell with your writing. Textbook and laptop (with free software download) are required. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: " Write a compelling treatment for film and television concepts " Create memorable characters " Apply the correct format for script writing for film and television " Create powerful dialogue between characters " Mobilize your intellectual and emotional capacities " Determine where and how to pitch your film and television concept Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: " Write a compelling treatment for film and television concepts " Create memorable characters " Apply the correct format for script writing for film and television " Create powerful dialogue between characters " Mobilize your intellectual and emotional capacities " Determine where and how to pitch your film and television concept Teaching Methodology and Assessment: Students will experience various lectures regarding storyline development, character creation, screenplay format and more. Students will read two successful screenplays and watch the films of those screenplays to determine why they were successful. Various writing exercises will be given to help students find their own creative path to creating great stories and memorable characters. Performance will be assessed by having each student complete a treatment for an original film and television concept. Students will also be assessed by completing the first act of a film screenplay or television situation comedy or drama. Students will also need to be able to pitch their concept to the entire class during a live presentation. Criteria for Successful Completion: At a minimum, for a Clayton State University Continuing Education Certificate and IACET CEUs, you must attend 80% of all class sessions, actively participate and a completed evaluation for the course. You must also successfully complete all assignments and projects. Grading Scale Percent Assignment Points 40% Class Participation 400 20% Attendance 200 20% Course Evaluation 200 5% GOTE Sheet 50 (Written analysis of a character) 5% Final scene 50 10% Live Presentation 100 100% Total 1000 Your final grade translates 1000 points in this manner: 900-1000 A 800-899 B 700-799 C 600-699 D 0-599 F
It is important to attend every class because each skill builds on top of the last and they all are important. This is the starting ground for the work we will do in this class. Amount of contact time (in hours) needed to effectively teach this course: 15 hours.
IACET CEUs to be awarded = 1.5 IACET CEUs
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