CDM 303 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Scriptwriting
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
CDM 303
Spring
2
2
3
5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s) -
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives To introduce the students to the theory of scriptwriting and to give them an opportunity for experiencing the basic steps of the scriptwriting process.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • identify the fundamentals and basic steps of scriptwriting.
  • classify feature and short length scriptwriting.
  • describe the different dimensions of scriptwriting process such as character design, dialog writing and adaptation.
  • discuss a film in relation to its script and dramatic structure.
  • compare the scripts of different film industries, genres and approaches.
Course Content The major aspects and steps of scriptwriting will be taught, discussed and applied during the classes, including character, dramatic structure, conflict, synopsis, treatment and script. Evaluation will be based on three assignments and one final project.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction
2 What is a script? Preparation and research processes
3 Theme, subject and genre of a script Syd Field, Screenplay, pp. 31- 42.
4 Character development Syd Field, Screenplay, pp. 59-89.
5 Dramatic structure of the narrative Syd Field, Screenplay, pp. 15-31.
6 Conflict, plot points and the storyline Syd Field, Screenplay, pp. 127-160, 183-199.
7 Writing a synopsis
8 What is a treatment? Submission of the 1st assignments: ‘Synopsis’.
9 Dialogue writing Submission of the 2nd assignments: ‘Treatment’.
10 Formal structure of the script Syd Field, Screenplay, pp. 215- 237.
11 Writing a scene Syd Field, Screenplay, pp. 160-182.
12 Adaptation Syd Field, Screenplay, pp. 257- 275. Submission of the 3rd assignments: ‘Scene’.
13 Writing for a documentary
14 Short film script
15 Review of the semester Submission of the projects: A completed short film script.
16 Review of the semester

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

Syd Field, Screenplay, The Foundations of Screenwriting, Bantamdell, 2005.

Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
3
60
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
30
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
Final / Oral Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
4
70
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
30
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
2
32
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
2
Study Hours Out of Class
16
2
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
3
10
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
20
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
Final / Oral Exam
    Total
146

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1 To develop the habit of critical thinking in areas of cinema and digital media. X
2 To be able to comprehend and discuss theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of cinema and digital media. X
3 To know and understand practices in areas of cinema and digital media as creative and/or business processes. To be able to see these processes from cultural and historical perspectives. X
4 To cultivate awareness in the inter- and multi-disciplinary nature of cinema and digital media, thus developing a dynamic and flexible professional character capable of operating and communicating across a wide range of subject areas. X
5 To develop an understanding of the unity of theory of practice and practice of theory. X
6 To observe norms of work ethic and a thoroughgoing professional ethic. X
7 Endowed with the virtues and skills of being self-disciplined, self-critical and self-managerial, to be able to both work independently and as member of a team. X
8 To have the fundamental knowledge and ability to use the technical equipment and software programmes in the areas of cinema and digital media and to possess advanced level computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level) X
9 To be able to follow developments in new technologies of cinema and digital media, as well as new methods of production, new media industries, and new theories; and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale”, Level B1). X
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level.
11 To be able to use and develop the acquired knowledge and skills in a lifelong process aimed at the achievement personal and social goals X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest