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FLM 107 - Film and Video Scriptwriting 1

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course focuses on scriptwriting and the fundamentals of storytelling and explores writing for film and television. Students write scripts and develop an understanding of script formatting in a collaborative learning environment. Students break down scripts for analytical purposes to consider various elements of a script.  Students also read scripts to learn the basics of story structure.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Convert life experience into a short story.
  2. Label script formatting through a formatting exercise.
  3. Construct a screenplay using screenwriting software.
  4. Analyze Greek tragedy, hero’s journey and character-based storytelling structures.
  5. Identify the process and practice of screenwriting through the review of historic and contemporary scripts. 
  6. Apply storytelling technique through in-class activities.
  7. Assess student scripts through peer review.
  8. Categorize feedback from classmates towards the improvement of a screenplay.
  9. Revise a screenplay with classmate and instructor feedback in mind.

 Listed Topics

  1. Script formatting
  2. The Writer’s Guild of America
  3. Writing in a screenwriting program
  4. Screenwriting technique
  5. The Greek tragedy
  6. The hero’s journey
  7. Premise
  8. Character development
  9. Conflict
  10. Peer review workshops
Reference Materials
Films, scripts, books and internet.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Technological Competence
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 12/15/2021

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