SITCOM WRITING 2: WRITING A FULL SCRIPT
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NSRW 3853
Course Format: Lecture
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Media Studies
  • Screenwriting
  • Radio & Television
Description:
This class is modeled on a half-hour comedy “writers’ room and, as such, is a virtual facsimile of the real world of sitcom writing. A guide in the ways of writing a draft spec script from a half-hour comedy beat outline worthy of a professional writer. First reworking a completed outline, simplifying the story, improving the DNA of characters, focusing and economizing scenes, creating mood and pacing, and "punching up" dialogue from the blueprint draft. Next it’s on to the writing and polishing stage of the script. Finally, an overview of the business of the sitcom, the current comedy series marketplace, and breaking in as a writer. Students must have a complete outline coming into the course. Prerequisite: Sitcom Writing (NSRW 3842).
Course Open to: Degree Students