Description of course Genetics B/ Lab:
4 Credit Hours
Instructor: James T. Snapko
The purpose of this course is to explore how to write effective narrative screenplays, with an emphasis on the creation of short scripts. In order to explore and identify basic dramatic principles of story, character, and structure, we will analyze numerous short scripts and films made from them. We’ll also look at how the dramatic principles of short scripts have been expanded and turned into feature screenplays by exploring the work of such successful writers and filmmakers as Raymond Chandler (DOUBLE INDEMNITY), Joel & Ethan Coen (FARGO), Nora Ephron (WHEN HARRY MET SALLY), and Akira Kurosawa (RASHOMAN), to name just a few. Once we establish the basics of effective screenplays, students will apply these concepts to the development of their own original short scripts. By the end of the semester, students will have written several complete short scripts that are ready to be shot on their own, produced as part of UST’s filmmaking course, or could be developed further into feature length screenplays.
This course satisfies a writing requirement for English and English with Writing Emphasis majors and counts as a production/practice course for student pursuing the Film Studies minor; please note that it does not count towards the literature and writing core requirement. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.