Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2020

  • Television Screenwriting

    182 | CCN: 25946

    J. Mira Kopell

    4 Units

    Lecture: Th 9am-12pm, Location: 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).