Courses / Undergraduate

Spring 2020

  • Advanced Screenwriting

    181 | CCN: 32104

    J. Mira Kopell

    4 Units

    Thur, 9am-12pm

    Location: Dwinelle 226

    Students explore the art and craft of writing screenplays and teleplays by either developing a feature-length narrative screenplay or a pilot for a serial show. Students participate in a writers room/workshop setting in order to present concepts, outlines and scenes to the class as well as to critique and support the work of fellow writers.  Discussion topics include crafting complex characters, conventional and non-conventional story structure for film and TV, scene structure, visual storytelling, dialogue, TV bibles, integration of theme, and story/character arcs.  The course goal is for each student to develop a project that is technically proficient and personally meaningful while also learning to analyze scripts.

    Prerequisites: Consent of instructor required. This class is open to juniors and seniors with 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 – 10 pages of a screenplay or TV script).


    *Enrollment for Film & Media Department production courses are structured so that every student enrolls directly to the waitlist. All waitlisted students attend the first week of classes, where the instructor will set up individual interviews with each student. Those interviews will then inform the final roster of students admitted to the course.