SAC 410 - Screenwriting II: The Rewrite
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
SAC 310 and SAC concentrators.
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)
M 6:00PM - 9:00PM
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