Penn Arts & Sciences Logo

Screenwriting

ENGL 116.301
instructor(s):
R 2-5

This course will look at the screenplay as both a literary text and blue-
print for production.  Several clasic screenplay texts will be critically
analyzed (i.e. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, DOCTOR STRANGELOVE, PSYCHO, etc.)
Students will then embark on writing their own scripts.  We will
intensively focus on:  character enhancement, creating "believable"
cinematic dialogue, plot development and story structure, conflict,
pacing, dramatic foreshadowing, the element of surprise, text and subtest
and visual story-telling.  Class attendance is mandatory.  Studetns will
submit their works-in-progress to the workshop for discussion.  Students
interested in the course should submit writing samples to M. Lapadula.
Department of English 119 Bennett Hall/6273.  Also include your name,
SS#, undergraduate class or post-graduate status, and telephone number
where you can be reached.  Permission from instructor only.  (See note at
end of English 112 description.)