Directing from Script to Screen
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5254
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
  • Media Studies
By focusing on directing and screenwriting, we connect project conceptualization, film aesthetics, script-breakdowns, blocking and shot-coverage to the language of editing. We examine a variety of approaches to visual storytelling through scene-based assignments, directorial exercises, as well as script and film discussions. While analyzing and applying various directing methods and techniques in order to create well-constructed and stylistically coherent projects, students develop their own films and videos. We investigate dramatic structures, character development and scene arcs in relation to mainstream narrative conventions, as well as more direct, experimental, or improvisational approaches. Emphasis is given to visualizing the script; students have the opportunity to develop and construct the style, tone and visual language of their projects, and through this process discover their own directorial voice. Open to all Media Studies students; Students in the Film Form Sequence should take this class in order to develop their final projects, prior to the Advanced Production Studio. This course replaces Visual Systems. Students should have a concept, synopsis or draft script for a film or video they want to develop in class. (Recommended Prerequisites: Media Practices: Film Form,Storytelling through Visual Analysis,Script Analysis and Audience Response, and/or Writing from Screen to Screen)
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Graduate students.