Spring 2021 Offerings

  • Students will examine the elements of storytelling as applied to the screen and learn how to think like screenwriters. Beginning with idea generation and moving through story development, students will learn how to create iconic characters and how to utilize the basics of scene construction. Students will apply this knowledge as they write a short film.

    Requirements: SFTV Majors Only

    Meetings: Multiple Offerings, Please view PROWL for exact times

     

     

  • COURSE GOAL:  To understand the elements of long-form film and to build upon those elements by crafting the story, characters, world, plot and structure for three viable feature-length treatments.

    Requirements: SFTV Majors/Minors Only

    Meetings: Multiple Offerings, Please view PROWL for exact times

     

  • Practical experience in writing feature film scripts with analysis of plot, character development, and structure.

    Requirements: SCWR JR/SR Only, Prerequisite SCWR 220

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Wednesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm OR Mondays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm OR Thursdays, 7:20pm - 10:00pm OR Tuesdays, 4:20pm - 7:00pm

  • Practical experience in completing or rewriting a feature-length screenplay.

    Requirements: SCWR JR/SR Only Prerequisite: SCWR 320

    Meetings: Multiple Offerings, Please view PROWL for exact times

  • Practical experience in writing in various comic forms with emphasis on television situation comedy.

    University Core fulfilled: Explorations: Creative Experience; Flags: Oral Skills, Writing.

    Prerequisite: SCWR 220

    Meetings: Thurdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Wednesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • Practical experience in writing in various Dramatic forms with emphasis on television

    University Core fulfilled: Explorations: Creative Experience; Writing.

    Prerequisite: SCWR 220

    Meetings: Monday, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Tuesday 9:00am - 11:50am OR Wednesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Elements of screenwriting as applied to short films intended for production.

    Prerequisite: SCWR 120.

    University Core fulfilled: Flag: Writing.

    PROD Students Only

     

    Meetings: Monday, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Tuesday 1:00pm - 4:00pm OR Thursday, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

  • An in-depth workshop/lecture demonstration on production and post-production processes and aesthetics of film and video.

    Juniors and Seniors Only

    Prerequisites: PROD 200 or PROD 101 and SCWR 220.

    Meetings: Wednesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm OR Thursdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Students will learn about the various challenges that videos game writers face and how the game writing craft diverges from traditional storytelling to create its own dynamic art form. Students will learn how to use the medium to create rich, compelling, and ultimately powerful narrative experiences for the player. Further, this class will offer insight to students about the emerging opportunities available in the games industry for writers.

    SFTV Majors Only

    Meetings: Thursday, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

     

  • This course explores the writing process and the role that writing plays in series creation and production. Students will create and develop an original anthology television series, containing a unifying subject matter, theme, and style. Building on the series concept, each student will create and write a full episode for this new series. Students will explore and develop their strength in comedy, drama, sci-fi, musical, or another genre, while keeping it within the structure of the series in a workshop designed to replicate an industry writer’s room.

    PROD/SCWR Majors Only

    Meetings: Wednesdays, 4:10pm-7:00pm

  • A writing workshop to teach the skills necessary to write and revise a packet of four or five comedy sketches that can serve as a sample of your work for executive producers and head-writers.

    SCWR Juniors and Seniors Only

    Meetings: Thursday, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

  • This course is an introduction to the short form play. The art of the short play takes time to hone. To tell a complete story in 10 to 14 pages is a challenge but you will  learn how to construct scenes and write monologues.  For the final project, you will write a one-act play, which will be revised and polished after a staged reading of the play.

    Meetings: Wednesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

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    Meetings: Thursdays, 4:00pm - 7:00pm


  • Specially directed projects in writing for film, television, or other media from initial concept through finished form.

     The student must provide a professional copy of all senior thesis-level projects to the school of film and television in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

    Prerequisites: SCWR 320 and SCWR 321.

    Senior SCWR Majors Only

     

    Meetings:

    Film: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 900pm

    TV Pilot: 6:30pm - 900pm

    Feature or TV Pilot: Wednesday, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • Students will complete a page-one rewrite of rough first drafts written in SCWR 420. This includes revision at every level, from structure to theme to character transformation. Since each screenplay is unique and therefore offers unique challenges for each writer, the instructor will take into account the progress of each student on an individual basis.

    Senior SCWR Majors Only Prerequisite: SCWR 420

    Project Film: Mondays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Thursdays, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

    Project TV: Tuesdays 1:00pm - 4:00pm OR Wednesdays 4:10pm - 7:00pmOR Thursday 4:10pm - 7:00pm

    Project Feature or TV: Thursday 1pm - 4:00pm

  • Adaptations of existing novels, plays, short stories and musicals have long been important sources for Hollywood in creating feature films for screen and television. This course explores the process for choosing and adapting pre-existing source material to the screen. Through careful analysis, students will study how others have solved the problems of adaptation. By examining what works and what does not work in various adaptations, students will learn how to approach source material and develop their own unique perspective. Students will complete a final adaptation project of a first act for a feature or a television pilot based on material in the public domain.

    SCWR Juniors and Seniors Only

    Prerequisite: SCWR 320. University Core fulfilled: Flag: Oral Skills.

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm OR Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 9:00pm OR Thursdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

  • This writer's workshop is designed to increase student mastery of screenplay structure and craft, as applied to the process of writing a television pilot. Students will pitch series ideas for an one-hour episodic drama or half-hour comedy pilot and develop the Show Bible, which will include the Cast of Characters, the "World" of the series, and specific Story "Rules". The class will be run like the writers' room on a television series, with students giving each other notes, helping to break story, and solve each-other's story and script problems.

    SCWR Juniors and Seniors Only

    Meetings: Wednesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Students will learn how to write production-ready short scripts based on or inspired by their existing feature or pilot TV scripts OR for a stand-alone project. Students will write a 7-12-minute script intended for production.

    Flags: Quantitative & Writing

    SFTV Juniors and Seniors Only SFTV Majors Only

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • Entertainment Business Affairs is designed to help third year students integrate what they have already learned with the business practices that are essential to starting their careers. This course will combine lectures, guest speakers, and industry field trips to focus on the business of producing and writing including working with agents, managers, and attorneys; understanding contracts, agreements, and deals; developing negotiating skills; joining the guilds and unions; and the business of development and production including an overview of the various studios, networks, digital platforms, and distributors. The course will also cover the business behind domestic and international marketing and distribution.

    SCWR Juniors and Seniors Only

    Mondays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • This course is designed to help experienced-writers enhance their branding skills and careers as well as help future marketing-executives assess and direct promotional writing.  This branded-content course covers all media formats: print, outdoor, digital, experiential ads, VR/AR, gaming, TV, streaming, social media, websites, etc.  Advice is given on how to integrate branded-content across these storytelling formats.  Students will write for different target-markets, create the "voice" of each brand, develop and manage stories and content, learn how to work with designers and management, and incorporate creativity and strategy into every project.

    Wednesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • Practical experience in the television development process; includes taking an idea to script and the directing, producing, and post-producing of a short, in-studio multi-camera video project.

    SCWR Majors and Grads Only

    Meetings: Mondays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm OR Wednesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Course centers on understanding the craft of storytelling and character development as probably the most important task at hand when mounting a production and properly servicing the script for the writer, executive producer, and studio. Making wise choices in the areas of camera, lighting, and special effects to non-linear post-production, etc.

    SCWR Mjrs/Grads Only

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Thursdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • Intermediate screenwriting techniques as applied to short films intended for production.

    Prerequisite: SCWR 501.

    Production Grads only

    Mondays, 9:00am - 12:00pm OR Mondays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm OR Thursdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm OR Thursdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • Course Description 

    Tuesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Thursdays 1:00pm - 4:00pm OR Thursdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

    Practical experience writing a first draft feature film screenplay; includes analysis of character development, plot, and story structure.

  • Practical experience writing a first draft feature film screenplay; includes analysis of character development, breaking story, theme, plot, and story structure.

    Required for WPTV / Elective for 2nd & 3rd year PROD Grads

    Mondays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Wednesdays, 12:40pm - 3:40pm OR Thursdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • Students gain practical experience pitching and working in the writer’s rooms of drama and comedy television series.

    Prerequisites: SCWR 511 and SCWR 550.

    WPTV Majors Only

    Tuesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Wednesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • A writing workshop to teach the skills necessary to write and revise a packet of four or five comedy sketches that can serve as a sample of your work for executive producers and head-writers.

    Graduate Students Only

    Meetings: Thursday, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Students will learn how to write production-ready short scripts based on or inspired by their existing feature or pilot TV scripts OR for a stand-alone project. Students will write a 7-12-minute script intended for production.

    Graduate Students Only

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • This course is designed to help experienced-writers enhance their branding skills and careers as well as help future marketing-executives assess and direct promotional writing.  This branded-content course covers all media formats: print, outdoor, digital, experiential ads, VR/AR, gaming, TV, streaming, social media, websites, etc.  Advice is given on how to integrate branded-content across these storytelling formats.  Students will write for different target-markets, create the "voice" of each brand, develop and manage stories and content, learn how to work with designers and management, and incorporate creativity and strategy into every project.

    GRAD WSCR & WPTV ONLY

    Wednesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • A world is not built in a day; it is built on a high concept. This class is designed to expand student knowledge of a variety of story forms and enhance their ability to tell innovative stories, based on high concepts. By drawing on a variety of story forms, drawn from the natural world, diverse cultural traditions, and even Hollywood genres, students can explore stories that reflect their experiences instead of cramming their unique identities into a one-size-fits all model.

    Tuesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • This course is an introduction to the short form play. The art of the short play takes time to hone. To tell a complete story in 10 to 14 pages is a challenge but you will  learn how to construct scenes and write monologues.  For the final project, you will write a one-act play, which will be revised and polished after a staged reading of the play.

    Meetings: Wednesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • Streaming and Digital Web Series and Content can be the gateway to TV and film as evidenced by well-known web series that ultimately were transformed into TV series, such as BROAD CITY and AWKWARD BLACK GIRL.  Indie web series and content have skyrocketed.  We will explore how digital content can be a gateway into traditional television and film and how it has allowed a new frontier for storytelling through new media. These shows and content can also prove to be a bridge for you into the professional world by selling your series or using them as a calling card.
    This course will teach you how to develop, sell and monetize digital content. The class will explore the changing world of television through the development of digital distribution, branded entertainment, and web series. We will also familiarize you with the many digital buyers as well as other branded content opportunities. You will develop your own idea which we will then develop into a pitch. We will then decide what sales tools you will need to create in order to sell. You will decide to work on your own Rip real or a proof of concept script.   You can Shoot your 3-5 page proof of concept/first episode or assemble your Rip Reel. The semester will culminate in showing and pitching your web series or alternate digital content to branded and digital buyers.

    Meetings: Mondays, 6:90pm - 9:20pm

  • Practical experience as a producer managing the planning, budgeting, and scheduling of the episodic television art form.

    Wednesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Writing the thesis narrative project and preparing the script for production.

    Prerequisite: SCWR 530.

    Tuesdays OR Wednesdys OR Thursdays 1:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Broad survey of the wide range of adaptation concepts, practices, and processes. Practical experience developing pitches for translating existing material to TV or film and complete the first act of a feature or a TV pilot based on material in the public domain.

    Grad SCWR Only Required for WSCR Elective for WPTV

    Corequisite: SCWR 640. Prerequisites: SCWR 551

    Meetings: Mondays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

     

  • Practical experience writing a feature-length screenplay.

    Corequisite: SCWR 640.

    Meetings: Mondays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm OR Tuesdays 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • Practical experience rewriting the feature film screenplay.

    Prerequisite: SCWR 650.

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Thursdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • Practical experience creating an original one-hour drama series and writing the pilot teleplay.

    Prerequisite: SCWR 660 or SCWR 670. WPTV Mjrs/Grads Only

    Meetings: Thursdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Thursdays 1:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Practical experience creating an original half-hour situation comedy series and writing the pilot teleplay.

    Prerequisite: SCWR 660 or SCWR 670. WPTV Mjrs/Grads Only

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Rewriting original pilot projects.

     

    Meetings:

    Comedy: Wednesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Drama: Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm OR Wednesdays, 4:10pm 7:00pm

     

  • A “real life” experience writing and producing a television series; includes producing and post-producing pilot presentation and a final professional presentation to an audience and faculty committee.

    WSCR Mjrs/Grads Only Prerequisites: SCWR 680

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Thursdays 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  • Practical experience rewriting a feature film screenplay.

    Prerequisite: SCWR 690.  FFSW / WSCR Mjrs Only

    Meetings: Wednesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Develop new or continue to work on previously written material to raise the quality of portfolio to industry standard; includes preparing marketing materials for projects.

    Prerequisite: SCWR 680 or SCWR 690.

    Meetings: Mondays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm OR Wednesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm Thursdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm