Screenwriting 3: Finishing the First Draft
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Course Number: NSRW 3830
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus, Classroom/Online Hybrid
Permission Required: No
- Media Studies
Permission required. Students undertake the challenging task of finishing their feature-length screenplays. In workshop, with careful guidance by the instructor, each writer re-examines, tightens, and rewrites the outline and existing scenes, giving close attention to structure, logic, motivation, complex character development, tone, and theme. There is an emphasis on the specific problems of successful scene writing and on development of a professional writing style that makes for a compelling presentation on the page. Successful screenplays are studied as examples. The goal is for each student to finish the term with a polished and professional first draft. Prerequisite: at least 50 pages of an original screenplay, properly formatted. Students can attend this course in person or online. Students on campus participate in lectures and workshops. Students online access the same lectures online and participate in asynchronous workshops. Students are encouraged to choose one mode of attendance and notify the instructor at the beginning of the course.