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NEWM-N 560 Advanced Scriptwriting for New Media

3 credits

Prerequisites: None

This course evaluates the concepts, theories, techniques, and practices of scriptwriting for 3D animation, computer games, interactive stories, and film, including genre, theme, development, character, dialogue, structure, research, formatting, style, and revision. Students research, create, and develop effective, original scripts for digital media.

This course provides advanced exploration into narrative and/or interactive media scriptwriting using professional processes. Students will learn valuable techniques involved in developing narrative and/or interactive media scripts with professional writing tools as well as using research to inform course projects. This course explores the work of notable screenwriters, copywriters, and playwrights, as well as filmmakers and new media authors. We adopt a reflective practice and creative process for this course. This course is intended to be fast-paced, building a writing portfolio for each student to draw upon in future creative endeavors.

Learning Outcomes

  • Create and develop original scripts for interactive and other digital media.
  • Perform a literature review and/or conduct empirical research on developing scripts for particular needs and contexts.
  • Develop, write, and workshop original scripts suitable for production as a film, game, or other interactive media.
  • Evaluate 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.
  • Compare and contrast scriptwriting with other forms of written storytelling (especially fiction), with an emphasis on analyzing and evaluating how problems of narrative time, interiority, backstory, and character development are solved in scripts.
  • Illustrate how scripts may be used to educate, inform, and/or entertain.
  • Conceptualize and develop a game outline with scripted cut scenes.

Course Delivery

  • On-Campus

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