Adapting Literature to the Screen
This is not the current course catalog
This course functions both as an introduction to screenwriting in general and as an introduction to the special requirements of adapting literature to the screen. The course will begin by introducing students to the fundamentals of film narrative, the art of visual storytelling, and the elements of dramatic writing for the screen. Students will develop narrative strategies for establishing structure, pacing, setting, characterization, and dialogue by studying model films and by their own writing exercises. Beyond this, students will be adapting a book or short story into a screenplay during the course of the semester, work shopping scenes in class and eventually writing a full adaptation, dealing with the problem of representing consciousness in images rather than in words, keeping in mind the ruthless principle that in order to serve a book, you often need to change the book.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: there will be 3 writing assignments approx length 4-6 pages in addition to a final screenplay, participation in all class table readings of the writing exercises and improv exercises is required
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preference: ENGL and ARTS majors
Distributions: Division I;