Screenwriting Unit

Goal and Purpose

Goal: To introduce students to the fundamentals of writing for the screen with an emphasis on screenplay format and the fictional storytelling concepts of character development, plot structure, setting and conflict.


  • You will gain an understanding of dramatic storytelling for the screen.
  • You will gain an understanding of the format of a screenplay and how the writers vision is translated to the screen.


  • Treatment
  • Screenplay
  • Shooting Script
  • Exposition
  • Climax
  • Denouement
  • Round character
  • Flat character
  • Protagonist
  • Antagonist
  • Slugline

Unit Lecture Notes

The Screenwriting Keynote can be downloaded here: Keynote Version | PDF Version

Film List

Big Fish (2003)
Director: Tim Burton
Screenplay: John August
Download Screenplay PDF

The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge) (1956)
Director: Albert Lamorisse
Watch Full Film on YouTube | Also Available on Netflix Streaming and Hulu Plus

Voiceover (2012)
Director: Martin Rosete

VOICE OVER (English subtitles) from Kamel Films on Vimeo.

Projects and Assignments

Screenwriting Resources

  • Internet Movie Script Database: Searchable directory of movie scripts; use this to see examples of how screenplays are written in the real world.
  • Resource for getting your screenplay formatted correctly according to the rules of Hollywood.


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