SAC 308 - Screenwriting for Non-Majors
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is intended to teach non-majors the same material as Screenwriting 310 for SAC majors. Students in this course would learn the same fundamentals of screenwriting as taught in SAC 310. They are required to write character profiles, a treatment, a complete three-act step outline for their proposed screenplay, and a full length screenplay of 90-110 pages. SAC 308 is entirely focused on creative expression. Students begin by telling their original ideas for their stories to their classmates, called the "pitch." The receive feedback in class that helps them shape their stories. The writing process begins with each student imagining the lives of his or her key characters before the action begins, called "character profiles." At this point students must write a story that puts their characters in motion and fleshes out their original idea, beginning, middle and end. This is called the "treatment." Next, students must create the individual scenes that tell their stories and build out of them a solid dramatic structure, termed the "step outline." Finally, students make their stories come alive as their characters act and speak and strive to fulfill their goals in a world that springs fully visualized from the writers’ imaginations.

Course Requirements:

Written character profiles, a treatment, a complete three-act step outline for their proposed screenplay, and a full 90-110 page screenplay. In addition to classroom instruction, students workshop their material with their peers in smaller writing groups both inside and outside of class. Each presents written material to the class as a whole during the course of the term. Every student has an opportunity to creatively express themselves, and each will feels the pride of creation.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate non-majors

Class Format:

One 3 hour per week lecture

SAC 308 - Screenwriting for Non-Majors
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
W 6:00PM - 9:00PM
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