Writing scripts for film requires tools and abilities that cross disciplines: an eye for visual composition, an ear for dialogue, a mind for structure, and an insight into human behavior. Students in this course will progress from an introduction to the written screenplay, with its ability to evoke a world in an incredibly efficient format, through character sketches, scene writing, and outlines, to a final project of a short film script, or the beginning of a feature film script. The course will also analyze the structure of films using classic and current movies as guides, and include working a visit by a film professional as well as field trips to the Stanford Theater in Palo Alto and the San Francisco Film Society. Some experimentation with camera work and editing may also be possible. Throughout the course students will learn to give and take constructive criticism in a writing workshop, a crucial skill for the collaborative world of film.
ScreenwritingWriting and Humanities
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