WRITING FOR SCREEN & TELEVISION

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School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) 335

CTWR 411 Television Script Analysis (2 units)
Description: 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)
Description: Introduction to the formal elements of writing the short film.

CTWR 431 Screenwriters & Their Work: Born This Way-Writing the LGBTQ Story for Film and Television? (2 units, max 6)
Description: This course will explore the storytelling and creation of the wide-ranging genre that is LGBTQ film and television. From award-winning gay short films and early queer cinema, to lesbian film noirs and bisexual heroes, to transgender heroines and those who refuse classification, this course aims to examine what makes creating the LGBTQ story unique and why its power can transcend sexuality or gender. The class will consist of screenings followed by discussions, with an array of well-known guest artists (TBD). Students will dip into the pool of being a screenwriter, getting the chance to begin to tell LGBTQ-themed stories that are uniquely theirs.

CTWR 431 Screenwriters & Their Work: Real Crime-True Tales of Transgression? (2 units, max 6)
Description: Seminal works in documentary and non-fiction podcast. Course will host filmmakers and podcasters for an exploration of the making, and underlying values, of these seminal works. Possible case studies include:  John Walsh’s America’s Most Wanted, Errol Morris’s The Thin Blue Line, Ezra Edelman’s O.J.: Made in America, Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling’s The Jinx, Christopher Gofford’s Dirty John, Brian Reed’s S-Town, and Sarah Koenig’s Serial.