SAC 410 - Screenwriting II: The Rewrite
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
25.00
Advisory Prerequisites:
SAC 310 and SAC concentrators.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course focuses on the most important step in learning to write a screenplay: rewriting. The class is designed to help students embrace the extremely difficult lesson of "letting go" of material from their first drafts in order to improve their work. The semester begins with students casting a critical eye on their fellow students' screenplays. Working in teams, students will be taught to break down screenplays in terms of their six fundamental elements: character, story, structure, theme, dialogue and visuals. Using feedback from their fellow students and instructor, students will devise a new game plan for their second drafts and then execute it by meeting a series of writing deadlines. Students will understand that the rewriting process does not end with the completion of their second drafts. Students can expect detailed notes from their instructor for their third drafts should they choose to write one. Ultimately, students will learn that "writing is rewriting." The hope is that once students internalize the rewriting process, they will understand it is applicable to disciplines and endeavors beyond screenwriting. It is the difference between doing good work and great work.

Course Requirements:

Group Coverage of Fellow Students' Screenplays - 10%. Revised Step Outline - 10%. Participation - 10%.
Final Rewritten Screenplay - 70%, Minimum 90 pages; Maximum 110 pages

Intended Audience:

This course will meet one night a week for three hours. Class time will be split between lecture, discussion and the workshopping of student scenes and sequences. All students are required to attend special lectures (or film showings) by visiting artists and producers sponsored by the Screenwriting Program.

Class Format:

A maximum of 16 students who have been recommended by their Screenwriting 310 instructor. Seniors and juniors in SAC will be given preference, though some sophomores have gained admission. A space or two is held open for non-majors who have been recommended by their SAC 308 instructor.

SAC 410 - Screenwriting II: The Rewrite
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
11446
Open
15
 
-
M 6:00PM - 9:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for SAC 410 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi
The CourseProfile (ART) system, supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Digital Innovation Greenhouse, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (ART)