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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York Film Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

FIL130 Screenwriting I

Location: 
New York Film Academy, 17 Battery Place, New York, NY.
Length: 

Version 1: 72.5 hours (16 weeks). Version 2: 36 hours (16 weeks). 

Dates: 

Version 1: September 2007 - September 2016. Version 2: October 2016 - December 2019.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify the principles of visual and dramatic storytelling, the dramatic components of a protagonist, an antagonist, the creation of conflict on an inner, personal and social level in the dramaturgy of their stories; recognize scenes that are composed of dramatic beats, a turning point, and a dramatic arc; discriminate the principles of 3-Act Story Structure: how to design a precipitating event, an inciting incident, escalation, complications, turning points, crisis decisions, climax and plot resolutions; identify and discuss proper screenplay format with regards to scene slugs, description, character name, dialogue, title page, and the use of margins; recognize characterizations versus true/inner character in protagonists and identify cast design functions; differentiate the properties of a short story versus a feature length story, evaluate the dramatic construction of a scene, and generate story ideas, step-outlines, treatments, and drafts of a script; define the elements of classical design, minimalism, and expressionism in their story-telling approach; assess effective dialogue; discern the difference between text and subtext in a scene and script; execute the twelve steps of the Hero's Journey as it relates to storytelling in feature length films.

Instruction: 

Version 1 and 2: This course introduces students to the craft and techniques of screenwriting as a venue for work shopping their scripts for their film projects. Students write a script for their first quarter film and semester one film. Major topics include: introduction to visual and dramatic storytelling, screenplay format, 3-act story structure, character development and cast design, pitching, a writer's method, shorts versus features, classical design, minimalism, and anti-structure, writing realistic dialogue, and classical myth structure in film. Successful completion of this course enables students to continue on to FIL230 Screenwriting II, with an emphasis on thesis film completion.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours as Screenwriting in Filmmaking (7/08). NOTE: Each semester of the One-Year Filmmaking Program is an integrated, cross-disciplinary experience. Credit is recommended only after a student completes all courses within a given semester. Version 2:  In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour as Screenwriting in Filmmaking (10/16 revaldiation). NOTE: Each semester of the One-Year Filmmaking Program is an integrated, cross-disciplinary experience. Credit is recommended only after students complete all courses within a given semester.

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