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Introduction to Screenwriting
Course: CRW190

First Term: 1996 Spring
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Overview of screenwriting elements; introduction to screenwriting techniques CRW150 recommended but not required

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe the history of the literary craft of storytelling from Greek mythology to the present . (I)
2. Identify methods used by various storytelling mediums: plays, fiction and other literature, and film. (I)
3. Define and apply the classic Three-Act Structure of modern film, including the use of the inciting incident and plot points. (II)
4. Explain the relationship between character and plot in a story. (III)
5. Define and use the tools of a screenwriter, including dialogue, setting, tone, theme, and genre. (IV)
6. Apply a sound writing process to the development of a screenplay. (V)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. History of Storytelling Using Various Mediums
   A. Plays
   B. Fiction and other literature
   C. Film
II. Defining the Three-Act Structure
   A. Set up
      1. Where to begin story
      2. Inciting incident
   B. Confrontation
      1. Rising conflict
      2. Plot points
   C. Resolution
      1. Denouement
      2. Where to end story
III. Character and Plot
   A. Character development
   B. Plot based on character choices
IV. The Tools of Screenwriting
   A. Dialogue
   B. Setting
   C. Tone
   D. Theme
   E. Genre
V. The Screenwriting Process
   A. Idea
   B. Logline
   C. Premise
   D. Treatment
   E. Step outline
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  10/24/1995

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