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DCUL 1240A - Writing for the screen

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Writing a script is not an end in itself, it is a step toward the creation of a movie. A script is a text that is destined to disappear after the movie is shot. Its singularity is that it must enable to visualize the film to come. This course intends to offer a theoretical teaching of writing technics and a practical and participative approach. Each class will begin with the screening of a short-movie or a sequence of a classic in order to highlight how cinematographic discourse operates, the mechanisms of storytelling and how it allows the writer to formulate a discourse. The students will be encouraged to reflect on the singular vision of the world that cinema offers. They will put into practice their observations through short writing exercises in class and the elaboration throughout the semester of a script for a short movie. At midterm, they will have to present to the class a first version of their text, and explain what are their intentions and questions. A final version will be submitted at the end of the semester. The main goal of this workshop is to help the students to address their personal interrogations and realize the singularity of their vision and writing.


MARANDIN, Nathanaël J. (Film Director)

Pedagogical format

At the end of the course, the student is expected : - to know the rules and techniques of scriptwriting, - to be able to analyze a film and the structure of a story, - to have written the script for a short film. Each session will begin with the screening of a short film that will be analysed in class. Students are expected to be proactive and to participate to the discussions. In addition to the writing exercises in class and the writing of their own projects, students will also have to read other students' work and to elaborate constructive feedbacks.

Course validation

To validate the course, the student is expected to do one written exercise at home, to write a first draft of a script for a short film and present it at midterm in front of the class and one final version at the end of the semester. Since it is an interactive workshop, participation in class will be a major part of the grade.