UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2018

180 | CCN: 24648

Beginning Screenwriting

J. Mira Kopell,

4 Units

T 9:00am-12:00pm, Dwinelle 226

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 and completes the first act of the script. The class is part lecture, part writing workshop. There are weekly writing assignments with a focus on rewriting. No screenwriting experience is required.

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

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor required. The 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.

This course will cover a variety of 16mm filmmaking techniques, including hand-painted film, cinematography, and digital transfer with an emphasis on the avant-garde. Through readings, hands-on workshops, and individual projects, students will learn about exposure, the photochemical process, various film stocks, and digital editing. This course is intended to provide an historical perspective of film technology before the invention of video, a foundational understanding of cinematography as it is still used in video today, and an introduction to motion picture film as a professional medium of choice for contemporary filmmakers. Students will shoot and edit traditional 16mm film as well as digital transfers of film to video. This is a studio-based film production course that will utilize a range of equipment including: 16mm film cameras, video cameras and software, and audio and lighting instruments. The work created in class will culminate in a final screening/performance of individual and group assignments.