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NEWM-N 460 Advanced Scriptwriting for New Media

3 credits

Prerequisites: ENG W302 or NEWM N260

This course provides a deeper examination of scriptwriting for 3D animation, computer games, and film, building on previously introduced theories and practices. It focuses on an in-depth analysis of the techniques and processes of scriptwriting, including genre, theme, development, character, dialogue, story structure, formatting, style, and revision.

Core Competencies

  1. How to compose short scripts through multiple drafts, revising based on peer feedback, self-reflection, and instructor’s written comments.
  2. How to discuss, analyze, and respond in depth to a variety of media (e.g., short films, film clips, and scripts) to identify filmic elements, strategies, and conventions.
  3. How to discuss, analyze, and respond in depth to the ways in which various visual and verbal texts achieve, or fail to achieve, their purposes.
  4. How to analyze scripts for story structure, pacing, character development, and effective dialogue, as well as theme, metaphor, symbols, and other narrative devices commonly used in visual storytelling.
  5. How to become more critical and careful readers of both their own and others’ scripts in a workshop environment.
  6. How to collaborate in developing ideas, scripts, and providing constructive peer feedback in a workshop setting.
  7. How to reflect (orally and textually) on creative choices and decisions to shape a script for a specific audience and purpose.
  8. How to reflect (orally and textually) on creative choices and decisions to construct meaning out of and provide feedback for others’ scripts.
  9. How to work with techniques for developing dialogue, character, and plot, putting these techniques into practice by composing at least two short scripts.
  10. How to research relevant material to write effectively.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop, write, and workshop complete original short scripts suitable for production at the capstone level, either as a film script, game, or other interactive media.
  • Evaluate the work of their classmates by offering both written and verbal constructive criticism in a workshop environment.
  • Understand that thinking and writing visually is essential to composing short scripts.
  • Distinguish between scriptwriting and other forms of written storytelling, with emphasis on how problems of narrative time, interiority, backstory, and character development are solved in scripts.
  • Revise their own work by incorporating both peer and instructor feedback.
  • Apply comprehensive and advanced methods for the successful creation and revision of narrative scripts.
  • Develop effective strategies of creative invention, drafting, and revision for different film genres and individual composing styles.
  • Compose collaborative and individual scripts with creativity and audience awareness.
  • Perform research to achieve effective writing.
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude toward their writing and the writing of others by focusing on the need for appropriate format and style.

Course Delivery

  • On-Campus

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