Feb 20, 2019  
2017-2018 Academic Catalogue 
2017-2018 Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

ENG 382-3 - Advanced Topic: Distinguished Visiting Screenwriter: Creating Characters (1)

Great films rely on great characters. In this screenwriting workshop, students will study and explore techniques for creating their own dynamic, character-driven films with special attention on using the tools of visual storytelling to create cinematic shorts with memorable characters. Using a series of writing exercises as well as in-class readings with actors, students will create and shape their characters from the ground up and then place them into narratives that help define and, most importantly, reveal who their characters are. Genre will be a secondary consideration as character takes center stage to create compelling scripts that are honest, emotional, and even personal. Students will not only write their own screenplays but they also will be expected provide thoughtful and constructive feedback on all other students’ work throughout the development process of the workshop’s scripts. Class participation, creative collaboration, and critical thinking about other students’ work is essential to success in this workshop. Students will create a 12-15 page screenplay that displays strong character development, with additional focus on act/scene structure and visual storytelling film language.
(Fine Arts)