Screenwriting

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Film & Media Studies

Course Number: 
240
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as ENGL 388 and FAMS 240.)  A first workshop in narrative screenwriting.  Through frequent exercises, readings, and screenings we will explore the fundamentals of scene and story shape as they’re practiced in mainstream commercial filmmaking, while taking a broader look at what a screenplay might be outside of that world.  In the process, we’ll juxtapose two modes of writing that are not mutually exclusive but are often at odds with each other, both historically (within the industry) and aesthetically:  the well-established craft of three-act screenwriting, on the one hand, and the more elastic possibilities of the audio-visual medium as exemplified by the art film, on the other.  One class meeting per week.

Requisites:  Two classes from any of the following categories in any combination:  critical studies of film and media; film/video production; creative writing workshops (fiction or non-fiction); playwriting; photography or drawing courses.  Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Preference will be given to English, Film and Media Studies, and Art majors. 

Limited to 15 students.  Spring semester.  Visiting Lecturer Johnson.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
Y
Crosslisted Section ID: 
ENGL-388-01,FAMS-240-01
Schedule #: 
FAMS-240-01-1213S

Course Sections

Screenwriting
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Christopher Johnson

cmjohnson@amherst.edu

W 02:00PM-05:00PM

CHAP 210