FMST 015. Screenwriting
(Cross-listed as ENGL 070S )
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of screenwriting while enabling them to explore their unique sensibility as writers. We consider how screenplays differ from other dramatic forms and understand what makes good cinematic storytelling. By looking at short and feature-length scripts and films, we examine issues of structure, character development, effective use of dramatic tension and dialogue, tone, and theme. Through in-class exercises and discussions, students flesh out their ideas and grapple with their writing in a supportive workshop atmosphere. Coursework includes screenings, short assignments, and the completion of several drafts of a short screenplay. No previous writing experience required.
Prerequisite: Instructor's approval.
Fall 2023. Evans.
Fall 2024. Evans.
Catalog chapter: Film and Media Studies
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/film-media-studies
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