Chris Mason Johnson (Section 01)
(Offered as ENGL 24 and FAMS 25.) This course is a first workshop in narrative screenwriting. Through frequent exercises, readings, and in-class screenings, we will analyze the fundamentals of scene and story shape as they’re practiced within the commercial world of filmmaking in the U.S. We’ll also take a broader look at what a “screenplay” might be outside of that world. In the process, we’ll examine both the well-established craft of cinematic storytelling (plot structure, character, conflict, action, dialogue, etc.), and the more elastic possibilities of the audio-visual medium itself. Previous film, theater, or writing courses are recommended but not required. Please consult the Creative Writing Center web site for information on admission to this course. One three-hour seminar per week.
Limited to 15 students. Preregistration is not allowed. Interested students should attend the first class. Fall semester. Visiting Lecturer Johnson.
If Overenrolled: I'll give an in-class writing exercise during the first class and will post a list of the final 15 at day's end or by the next morning at the latest. I will give preference to students with previous film and/or writing coursework.