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Screenwriting

ENGL 116.920
instructor(s):
MW 4:30-7:40

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, CHINATOWN, 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. Students will submit their works-in-progress to the workshop for discussion. Students interested in the course should submit writing samples to M. Lapadula by May 1st. Department of English, 119 Bennett Hall/6273, 3340 Walnut Street, 19104. Also include your name, SS#, undergraduate class or post-graduate status, and telephone number where you can be reached. Permission from instructor only.