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Introduction to Screenplay

Grant Richards
Spring 2016
Theater 20 (Introduction to Screenplay Writing)

Office: HU 111
Office Phone: (408) 848-4710
Office Hours: 10:20-11:20 (Monday/Wednesday), 11:30-12:30 (Tuesday/Thursday), and by appointment

Required Text: The Screenwriter’s Bible (6th Edition)—David Trottier
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Recommended Text: Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting—Syd Field

Recommended Software: Final Draft 9

Course Objectives:
This is an introductory course on script development and writing for film, television, and electronic media. There is an emphasis on preparing scripts in proper formats. There is also an emphasis on conceptual and stylistic issues related to writing fiction and non-fiction scripts.

Your final grade is based on 1,000 points, which will include the forum assignments (40%), your detailed three-act outline and/or treatment (10%), the final exam (20%), and your final script (30%).


Honesty Policy:
Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations such as cheating and plagiarism will result in disciplinary action, which may include recommendation for dismissal.

ADA Accommodations:
Students requiring special services or arrangements because of hearing, visual, or other disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disabled Student Services Office.

Occupational/Vocational Students:
Limited English language skills will not be a barrier to admittance to and participation in Vocational Education Programs.














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