Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2019

  • Television Writing

    182 | CCN: 31537

    J. Mira Kopell

    4 Units

    Thur. 9:00am-12:00pm, Dwinelle 226 ///

    Film 182 explores the art and craft of developing and writing serialized narrative scripts. In the first half of the course students simulate the creative and collaborative process of a TV writers’ room by working together to develop a spec script based on an existing series. In the second half of the semester each writer creates a portion of a pilot script for an original series. All students will workshop pitches, outlines and scenes in class.

    Lecture topics include episodic concept development, analysis of a variety of story structures, “breaking” a story, creating engaging characters, plot blending, arcs for episodes and seasons.

    Prerequisites: Film 180 or some screenwriting experience. 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 (5 pages or more of a script).