Film, Media, Theater 340SW - Advanced Courses in Production and Practice: 'Screenwriting'


Elliot Montague

W 01:30PM-04:20PM

Mount Holyoke College
Description: The screenplay is a unique and ephemeral form that exists as a blueprint for something else: a finished film. How do you convey on the page a story that will take shape within an audio-visual medium? The screenwriter must have an understanding of both the language of narrative film as well as the general shape and mechanics of film stories. This advanced course will cover dialogue, characterization, plot, story arc, genre, and cinematic structure. We will analyze scenes from fictional narrative films -- both short and feature length -- and read the scripts that accompany these films. By the end of this course, each student will have written two original short films. In workshop style, the class will serve as practice audience for table readings of drafts and writing exercises.

Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors; Prereq: 8 credits in Film, Media, Theater.

Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.