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Washington and Lee University    
  Nov 23, 2017
2017-2018 University Catalog
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FILM 220 - Screenwriting

Credits: 4

Prerequisite: Completion of the FDR writing requirement (FW). Additional course fee required, for which the student is responsible after Friday of the 7th week of winter term. In this course, students learn about the art and business of screenwriting, studying story and narrative structures, and what makes a story interesting to us. We begin by looking at the human need for story and how we can both access and feed this basic principle of human existence. In addition, you learn how to write your own stories into a screenplay. With creative discipline, you practice writing believable characters and scenes that will draw audiences in through the art of crafting great dialogue. You begin with the spark of your idea at the beginning of the term, turn it into a treatment, and eventually a full screenplay that you then have an opportunity to pitch to a producer for feedback. From your first draft, you learn the art of refining your screenplay, focusing on how to give it great tonality and form, building your skills as a writer, a creative thinker, and following through a whole artistic process. Sandberg.

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