UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate

Spring 2017

180 | CCN: 15186

Beginning Screenwriting

J. Mira Kopell,

4 Units

Explores the art and craft of writing a feature length, narrative screenplay. Each student pitches three story ideas, chooses one concept to develop into an outline and then completes the first act of the script. The class is part lecture, part writing workshop. Lecture topics include story structure, character development, openings, dialogue, screenplay form/style. There are weekly writing assignments with a focus on rewriting.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor required. This class is open to juniors and seniors. Preference is given to Film & Media majors. Interested students should attend the first class session. Please be prepared to email a writing sample – a creative piece (short story, poem, screenplay, etc) or an academic essay.