Section 2: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:45 AM
Professor: Matt Mullins
English 310 is an introductory course in the theory and practice of screenwriting. In this course students will write and workshop one original, short screenplay of roughly 10-20 pages and a scene/excerpt of 3-5 pages from that same short script. In addition they will complete a number of screenwriting exercises, view films, and read screenplays and other material related to the craft of screenwriting. This course has two primary areas of concern: learning screenplay format/style and developing a basic understanding of how compelling, cinematic storytelling works. Much of this course will focus on the workshopping and collective critique of student screenplays and the reading and analysis of screenplays and screenplay excerpts considered from the perspective of craft. Our focus will be on the discussion, analysis, and practice of the techniques and processes of screenwriting. This includes matters of format, content, structure, style, drafting, and revision, among other things. This course is intended to introduce students to the basic concepts of good screenwriting technique and cinematic storytelling while also giving them the opportunity to apply that understanding to their own short screenplays.