SAC 310 - Screenwriting I: The Feature Script
Section: 002
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Enforced Prerequisites:
SAC 210,SAC 290,SAC majors.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

“To make a great film you need three things – the script, the script, and the script.”-- Alfred Hitchcock.

In this course, students will develop and write a feature length screenplay. After learning how to condense their concept into a logline, students will write a well-structured treatment, a detailed step outline, compelling character profiles, and finally, a completed screenplay.

Course Requirements:

Students will be assessed on based on the quality of their treatment, character profiles, step outline, completed screenplay, and participation in weekly workshops.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates interested in becoming screenwriters, editors, directors, producers, agents, or pretty much anything else in the film industry.

Class Format:

The course meets for one 3 hour session once a week. Class time is divided between lectures, film viewing, screenplay study, and workshopping of students’ writing.

SAC 310 - Screenwriting I: The Feature Script
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
Th 6:00PM - 9:00PM
002 (LEC)
M 6:00PM - 9:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 1557047707
Little Miss Sunshine : the shooting script, Author: screenplay and notes by Michael Arndt ; foreword by directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris., Publisher: Newmarket Press 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1935247026
Screenwriter's Bible 5th Edition., Author: Trottier, David., Publisher: Silman-James Press 2010
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 193290736X
The writer's journey : mythic structure for writers, Author: Vogler, Christopher, 1949-, Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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