Script Analysis and Audience Response
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5564
Course Format: Studio
Permission Required: No
All of the elements in a script (from structure to characterization; from tone and dialogue to theme) are involved in the process of targeting a specific audience and of shaping their reactions to and interpretation of the text. While reviewing the fundamentals of script analysis, this course will focus on the mechanisms employed to anticipate and shape audience response. We will work on several case studies from cinema and television, using perspective from various research approaches, including contexts of reception; encoding and decoding models; ethnographical analyses, etc. Many questions will arise in the process: what does it mean to write for a female audience (as is actually the case in some genres)? Up to which extent does the script contribute to the extinction of certain stereotypes and prejudices? Does the script assemble different layers of meaning that expand the range of its target audience, and how? What's the relationship between target audience and genre? This course is aimed at those students who contemplate a career in criticism as well as those who plan to write for cinema and/or television.
Open to Graduate students.