Fall 2020 Offerings

  • Students will learn the elements of storytelling as applied to the screen by examining ethical issues, finding ideas and developing stories from those ideas. To do this they will learn how to create and develop characters, learn that basics of scene construction and apply this knowledge by writing short films.

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

     

  • Writing a stand alone short film inspired / based on students’ existing feature scripts/pilots OR writing a stand alone short script with feature/ pilot potential.                  

    COURSE GOAL:
    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.

    Meetings: Thursdays, 4:20pm - 7:00pm

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

    Requirements: SCWR JR/SR Only, Prerequisite SCWR 220

    Meetings: Thursdays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm OR Mondays, 7:20pm - 10pm OR Tuesdays, 4:20pm - 7:00pm OR Tuesdays, 7:20pm - 10:10pm 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: Tuesdays, 4:20pm - 7:00pm OR Thursdays, 4:30pm - 7:00pm OR Thursdays, 7:20pm - 10:10pm

  • 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: Wednesdays, 4:30pm - 7:00pm OR Wednesdays, 7:20pm - 10:00pm

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

    Prerequisites: PROD 200 or PROD 250 and SCWR 220.

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

  • 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.

    Juniors & Seniors Only

    Meetings: Mondays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm

     

  • Juniors & Seniors Only

    Meetings: Thursdays, 7:20pm-10:10pm

  • 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.

    Seniors Only

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 7:30pm - 10:00pm


  • 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.

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 4:30pm - 7:00pm OR Thursdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Tuesdays, 7:20pm - 10:10pm OR Wednesdays, 7:20pm - 10:10pm OR Tuesdays, 7:20pm - 10:10pm

  • 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.

    Prerequisite: SCWR 420

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 4:30pm - 7:00pm OR Thursdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Tuesdays 7:20pm - 10:10pm OR Wednesdays, 7:20pm - 10:10pm

  • This undergraduate writer's workshop is designed to provide you with a real-world approach to the writing of a one-hour television episodic drama. Students will help design a 6-8 episode "season arc" and write one of the episodes of a spec mini-season of an existing or "vintage" television series. Class will simulate a “writers room” beginning with the seasonal-arc conception, through the pitching of episode ideas and continuing through the breaking of stories, writing outlines, and the completion of a full first draft and, time permitting, a rewrite. 

    Prerequisites: SCWR 220 and SCWR 320

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 7:20pm - 10:10pm


  • Practical experience in translating books (novels and/or non-fiction) into film scripts.

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

    Meetings: Mondays, 4:30pm - 7:00pm OR Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Meetings: Tuesdays, 4:30pm - 7:00pm

  • Meetings: TBA


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

     Corequisites: PROD 500, PROD 565, PROD 566 PROD Mjrs/Grads Only

    Meetings: Wednesdays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm OR Thursdays, 9:00am - 12:00pm OR Wednesdays, 4:30pm - 7:00pm OR Thursdays, 4:30pm - 7:00pm OR Tuesdays, 7:20pm - 10:00pm

  • 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.

    WSCR Grads Only

    Meetings: Mondays, 9:00am - 11:50am

  • 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.

    WPTV Mjrs/Grads Only

    Meetings: Mondays, 9:00am - 11:50am OR Tuesday, 9:00am - 11:50am

  • Elements of feature film screenwriting related to idea, character, story and structure development, scene and sequence construction, and elements of genres.

    WSCR Grads Only

    Meetings: Wednesdays, 12:40pm - 4:00pm

  • Elements of dramatic writing include emphasis on the television art form and the practical aspects of writing television genres.

    WPTV Mjrs/Grads Only

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

  • 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, 4:30pm - 7:00pm

  • Graduate Students Only

    Meetings: 7:20pm - 10:10pm

  • 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: Tuesdays, 7:30pm - 10:00pm

  • Students will explore the craft and practice of the professional video game writer. From “chatter” to “branching dialogue,” they will learn the many types of writing used in the modern video game as well as the narrative demands of varied game genres and technologies. Additionally, they will gain a firm understanding of the Game Development Cycle (the long process by which a video game is made), the responsibilities, and demands of different game development departments and how the writer effectively functions within each of them.

    Meetings: Thursdays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm

     

  • Analysis of feature films from the screenwriter’s point of view and an in-depth study of each story’s dramaturgical elements. This study will deepen the understanding of these principles and techniques for the student’s own creative work.

    Meetings: Thursdays, 9:00am - 1:00pm

  • Practical experience rewriting the feature film screenplay.

    Corequisite: SCWR 650. Prerequisites: SCWR 540 and SCWR 541.

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

     

  • Practical experience writing a feature-length screenplay.

    Corequisite: SCWR 640.

    Meetings: Mondays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm OR Tuesdays 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 Wednesdays, 7:20pm - 10:10pm OR Thursdays 7:20pm - 10:10pm

  • 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: Thursdays, 4:30pm - 7:00pm OR Tuesdays, 7:20pm - 10:10pm OR Thursdays, 7:20pm - 10:10pm

  • A “real life” experience writing and producing a television series; includes adapting the original pilot and pre-producing a short presentation.

    WPTV Mjrs/Grads Only Prerequisites: SCWR 611; SCWR 670 or SCWR 671.

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

  • The business behind writing, creating, and marketing entertainment.

    This course is designed to help students integrate what has been learned in the first two years of their program with the business practices that are essential to starting their careers. Focuses on the business of writing, including working with agents, managers, and attorneys; understanding contracts, agreements, and deals; developing negotiating skills; and joining the guilds and unions and on the business of development and production, including overviews of the major/boutique/independent film studios as well as overviews of the various platforms including network/cable/streaming/digital for TV and theaters/streamers/day and date cable release for film. Also tackles the business behind both domestic and international marketing, including strategy, research, advertising, promotions, publicity, and distribution. The course will include a combination of lectures, guest speakers, and field trips to industry locations and offices with top players in their field.

    FFSW, WPTV, WSCR Grads Only. Prerequisites: SCWR 650 and SCWR 651 (Feature Film Screenwriting) or SCWR 670 and SCWR 671 (Writing and Producing for Television).

    Meetings: Mondays, 7:20pm - 10:10pm

  • This course focuses on understanding the acting process. Writers learn how actors work in order to collaborate and create dialogue for them. The class also covers elements such as casting and production.

    WPTV Mjrs/Grads Only

    Meetings: 4:30pm - 7:00pm


  • Practical experience writing a feature-length screenplay.

    FFSW / WSCR Mjrs Only

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm OR Thursdays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm