UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate

Spring 2018

180 | CCN: 24304

Beginning Screenwriting

J. Mira Kopell,

4 Units

Students explore the art and craft of writing a feature length, narrative screenplay. Each writer pitches three story ideas, chooses one concept to develop into an outline/treatment and then completes the first act of the script (approximately 30 pages of a screenplay). The class includes lectures, workshops, writing exercises and detailed script analyses.

Lecture topics include story structure, character development, visual storytelling, openings, dialogue, screenplay form/style.

 

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 and be prepared to email a writing sample – a creative piece (short story, poem, screenplay, etc.) or an academic essay.