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.
- Shooting Script
- Round character
- Flat character
Unit Lecture Notes
Big Fish (2003)
Director: Tim Burton
Screenplay: John August
Download Screenplay PDF
The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge) (1956)
Director: Albert Lamorisse
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Director: Martin Rosete
Projects and Assignments
- Internet Movie Script Database: Searchable directory of movie scripts; use this to see examples of how screenplays are written in the real world.
- Screenwriting.info: Resource for getting your screenplay formatted correctly according to the rules of Hollywood.