UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2018

181 | CCN: 24813

Advanced Screenwriting

J. Mira Kopell,

4 Units

Th 9:00am-12:00pm, Dwinelle 226

In a workshop setting students will explore the art and craft of writing a feature-length narrative screenplay and a serial drama. Writers will present a detailed script outline of a feature to the class and then develop that material into a portion of a feature screenplay. Scenes will be workshopped in class. In addition all students participate in a TV Writers’ Room where they work collaboratively to create a spec script for an hour-long episode of an existing TV drama series.

Discussion topics include characterization, non-conventional story structure, scene structure, visual storytelling, dialogue, creating a unified script, TV dramatic structure.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor required. This class is open to juniors and seniors with some screenwriting experience. Preference is given to Film & Media majors. Interested students should attend the first class session and be prepared to email a writing sample (5 pages or more of a script).

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.