COM 342-01 SCRIPTWRITING
This course is a practice-based workshop introducing students to the process of story development and writing for the screen. Through written assignments, students will develop multiple instances of dramatic technique, including character, dialogue, structure, and plot. The course also provides students with a platform for critical assessment and revision. Prerequisites: Junior level standing.
• Provide students with an understanding of narrative structure and development
• Provide students with a foundation for exploring the technical process of screenplay writing • Provide students with a foundation for exploring the creative writing process
• Apply critical discourses as a method for enhancing the quality of authorship
• Provide students with a comprehensive approach to discipline specific writing
screenplay writing show it dont tell
For our second Play Assignment, you will read
Katori Hall’s play, THE MOUNTAINTOP, and
answer the four questions at the bottom of the
assignment. The script for THE MOUNTAINTOP is available for free online via GSU. I’ve attached a link that will take you to the text. You will need to use your GSU sign-in to access it. I’ve also attached a very short video of highlights from the 2011 production of the play starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett. Please note that this a controversial play with mature themes, coarse and strong language, and sexual innuendo; deals with issues of oppression, including racism; conversations about death and dying.
As “The Mountaintop” begins, you immediately
discover that the main character represents Dr. King. But, as Katori Hall depicts him, he may not be quite the man you expected. The character of Came also may be a surprise. She turns out to be more than her station in life might have dictated. After reading the play, answer the following four questions, please provide specific examples from the text. Each answer
should be approximately 150-250 words, totaling 600-1000 words for the entire assignment.
1. Think about the images we have of Dr. King
as a martyr and an inspirational leader and
compare those images to the one that the
playwright, Hall, has created. How do they
compare with each other? Who do you think
is the “real” Dr. King? Why?
2. In Camae, how did Hall show how our human
traits might make us “better angels”?
3. Consider the image of God that Camae
describes for us. How does this view compare
or contrast to the image of God that you are
most familiar with? Did you like this
perspective? Were you able to accept it within
the context of the play? Why or why not?
4. What do you think Hall’s theme is in this
play? Discuss how the characters of Dr. King
and Camae lent themselves to that theme.
Choose a movie and answer the following questions.
Analyze a scene from the movie referencing the basic elements of design as they are defined in cinematic terms. Choose one of the following areas of the film (cinematography, editing, or special effects).
Analyze a scene from the movie referencing the basic elements of design as they are defined in cinematic terms. Choose one of the following areas of the film (sound, screenplay, or acting).
Describe the compositional elements that stand out and make the movie successful.
What are the influences that are present and the characteristics of the genre that best fits the movie.
Describe the emotional content of the this particular scene.
The format for the assignment is PowerPoint and should be at least 10 slides in length (minimum 250 words) including your narrative, images and video links. Most importantly, your narrative must be in paragraph compositional form.
I have attached two additional PDF files. Please use the PowerPoints material as a reference when talking about the basic elements of design.
Choose one of the three prompts below. For guidance on how to write a critical reflection paper, please see the uploaded chapter from A Short Guide to Writing About Film, and in particular the section about the ‘Critical Essay’.
(1) Please reflect on the role of memory in relation to the cinematic medium. How are the two, for example, conceptually linked and what are the particularities of cinema’s capacity to inform this link? How does this link, in turn, determine the formal elements of the films? Please cite at least two films and two readings.
(2) How do these films push and pull at the boundaries of reality? In doing so, what are the cinematic techniques used (cinematography, mis-en-scene, editing, etc.) and how do these techniques impact the narrative structures of the films and their reception? Please cite at least two films and two readings.
(3) These films believe in, in some way or another, cinema’s capacity to present (or re-present) humans and how they relate with one another in a new light. Citing at least two films and two readings, please elaborate on this statement. Some questions to consider include but are certainly not limited to: Do you agree or disagree? How are these beliefs evident in the cinematic/creative decisions of the films? What might the implications be for this kind of cinema?
Guidelines for Critical Reflection Papers
Papers should be 3-4 pages (12-point font, double-spaced, regular margins) . Although more formal than the weekly reactions papers, you may cite materials somewhat informally and do not need footnotes. We will be assessing your level of engagement with course materials and will be grading your papers based on the following rubric:
Check-Plus (15 points) > Proposes and discusses in depth new ideas and connections in relation to the films, readings, and class discussions.* Writing contains very few to no errors, and has an excellent flow.
Check (13 points) > Demonstrates a good understanding of ideas and connections encountered in the films, readings, and class discussions. Writing contains some errors.
Check-Minus (11 points ) > Demonstrates a basic understanding of concepts, works, and texts. Writing contains significant errors and does not read cohesively; writing meets basic requirements for the assignment.
*Note that a Check-Plus paper contains new ideas and connections. This is an opportunity to formulate, synthesize and propose your own ideas, analyses, observations and so on. In doing so you may also bring up and cite examples of other films, texts or works of art, but this is just one example among many possibilities.
Choose 3 artists from the “Art 21 artist list” provided, then watch the “special” video for each artist and download 3 works of art by each artist, write a 3 sentence summary for each artist of their studio experience or practice, and then write a 200-word summary about what is provided in the pictures I have given of the full directions, so to
clarify watch the videos and upload 3 images of each artist’s work and then fill out the template and 3 sentence
summary about each artist and then write a separate summary that can be NO more than 200 words.
SUMBIT AS PDF.
• Rely on personal impact. You should be able to analyze any number of elements
about the film and see how they interact with you as a viewer. For example, the lighTng might reinforce the mood, or music influence the mood, or the camera work might highlight the acTng or realism.
• IdenTfy your meaning of the film.
• IdenTty the film genre most applicable to the film (drama, crime, coming-of-age)
• Don’t write an opinion for or against the film (9 out of 10, thumbs down, etc.)
You are a member of a committee at your
child’s school. The committee has been assigned the task to design a flyer for
the students to take home to their parents. The purpose of the flyer is to
notify parents about the upcoming Field Day for all students. They have
specified that it can only be one page in length, and they have encouraged
creativity to catch the eyes of the parents.
Several parents wish to participate, so
the leader of the committee creates a fun flyer competition. She asks that each
person creates his/her own flyer and create a screen share to persuade the
committee to choose your flyer. The screen share should visually show the flyer
and include a verbal explanation regarding why your flyer will best attract the
eyes of the parents.
Since you are extremely creative, you
know that in order to capture the parents’ attention and win this competition,
you will need to use color, lines, balance, and contrast visual elements.
In your PowerPoint presentation, be sure to
defend your visual choices to the other parents and members of the committee.
You know that if you clearly explain why you chose each of these visual
elements and how it best attracts the eyes of the parents, you could win this
Your presentation should be a maximum
of 5 minutes.
Discuss public funding of art in the U.S. Advocate either for or against it. Draw on material and cases in “Visual Shock” as well as other cases not discussed in the textbook.
Possible questions to explore:
• What effects (positive or negative) has public funding had on art in America?
• What responsibilities do artists have toward the public when working for the
• How do regional issues influence decisions about publicly funded art?
• How important is art in forming a sense of nation character?
• If you find a piece repulsive, inflammatory, or offensive, should it be funded.
• Identify and analyze ethical issues confronting the arts in the U.S.
• Discuss strategies for resolving ethical issues confronting the arts.
• Digital file in PDF format.
• Minimum of 1000 words of original text (about 4 pages)
• Double spaced, 12pt font size, with 1 inch margins
• Arial or New Times Roman font
• Appropriately referenced with citations of your sources
Note on references: Any facts that you learn from a book in researching your paper need to be cited. Common knowledge is not necessary to reference. Web sites with original content, like archives of a major newspaper, are appropriate sources. Wikipedia, or any other encyclopedia, is not a source. But it may list reliable sources which you can use and cite. You may use any style of formatting for the body of your paper and references as long as it is clear. A good guide for style is the Chicago Manual, which has a convenient, Quick Guide on-line.
Paper Grading Criteria
• 20% Specifications – Pay close attention to the required specifications and you will get full points here.
• 20% Grammar and Style – In addition to the basics of spelling and sentence structure, make sure that your paper has an introduction, body and conclusion.
• 20% Factualness – Make sure that your sources are good and that you don’t mix up facts in your paper.
• 20% Depth of material – Provide sufficient material to support assertions made in your paper.
• 20% Logic and Relevance – How well do the facts in your paper support the assertions that you make?
The paper is weighted at 10% of the entire class’ grade. It is important to start early to complete a college worthy document. Please read the instructions for the assignment and choose your position (either for or against public funding of the arts) judiciously. Support your position/stance with valid argument and examples.
The body of the paper is at least four pages (at least 1000 words). This does not include the title page nor the citations.
This is a 750 words essay that requires us to build our own Roman city.
I included bullet points in the google docs attached to help with the writing and the “construction” of the imaginary Roman city.
This is the prompt: If you were a Roman Emperor/Empress how would you create a typical Roman city. Please use particular examples from the lecture as models to describe your city and its building programs. This new city must include at least six buildings with their function. Also, please be descriptive (what is the plan? what type of decoration? the material of the decoration? what color?) and include a map of the city.
This week, we’ve spent some time exploring photography as an artistic form. To help you explore
what we’ve learned about, your Unit 4 assignment will consist of writing an essay addressing using
the following criteria:
• 1,000 words or roughly four double-spaced pages.
• Make use of at least three scholarly sources to support and develop your ideas. Our course text may serve as one of these three sources.
• Your essay should demonstrate a thorough understanding of the READ and ATTEND sections.
• Be sure to cite your sources using proper APA format (7th edition).
• In this essay, you will choose one photographic image to critique as a work of art. You may
choose an image from either the Straight Photography, The Documentarists or The Modern Eye
sections of Chapter 11. Questions for you to consider in your essay:
o Why did you choose this particular image? What appeals to you about it? What intrigues you?
o What ‘school’ or movement does it relate to i.e., straight, documentary or modern and what are some of the characteristics of your chosen image as it relates to the movement or school it’s a part
o Based on everything we’ve learned so far about art (and photography), how would you
evaluate this photograph as a work of art?