WRITING FOR SCREEN & TELEVISION

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School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) 335

 

CTWR 411 Television Script Analysis (2 units)
In-depth analysis of the craft of writing prime-time episodic television. Examination of situation comedies and dramas through weekly screenings and lectures.

CTWR 412 Introduction to Screenwriting (2 units)
Introduction to the formal elements of writing the short film.

CTWR 422 Creating the Dramatic Television Series (2 units)
Examination and creation of the world, characters, and concept for an original hour-long dramatic series. Writing an outline for an original dramatic pilot.

CTWR 432 Crime Drama – Tales of Transgression from “In Cold Blood” to “The Night Of” (2 units)
The course will focus on the method and intention of creators in telling crime stories. Primary focus will be on scripted television drama but there will also be classes focusing on films, podcasting, and documentary storytelling. Among the possible guests are: Steve Zaillian (The Night Of), Pam Veasey (CSI), and George Pelecanos (The Wire).