Theatre and Drama | Screenwriting
T458 | 4648 | Reardon
Prerequisites:CMLT C190, ENG W301, THTR T453, or by
permission of instructor.
THIS CLASS MAY BE TAKEN FOR GRADUATE CREDIT.
The intent of this course is to assist the student in the creation of
a marketable feature length original narrative screenplay, defined
quantitatively for our purposes as a manuscript ranging between 100
to 110 pages in length, using standard format and appropriate font
The primary teaching tools involve one on one conferences and the in
class structural analyses of about ten full length films. Past
cinematic models have included Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,
Thelma and Louise, Rain Man, The 400 Blows, and Raising
The various prerequisites cited, any one of which will qualify you
for this course, are designed to give enrollment priority to those
students most likely to succeed in this course. Though no prior
experience in screenwriting is required or expected, it must be
emphasized that this can be a high stress class. It requires self
initiative and discipline and an ability to meet deadlines. The
entire grade is predicated upon attendance and successful fulfillment
of the semester long writing project.
Try to come to the first class with two or even three ideas you think
might be workable.
Armer, Alan. Writing the Screenplay.
Goldman. Adventures in the Screen Trade.
Mamet. House of Games.
Truffaut. The 400 Blows.
ASSIGNMENT: One screenplay, 100 110 pages long.
OTHER: Possible in class or out of class structural analysis of one