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OCOE 2095 - Toying With Stories

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English


English C1.

Course Description

Toying with stories is a crash-course in storytelling and TV-writing for entertainment and advertising professionnals. Each workshop is divided in 2 parts : one-hour theory, during which students learn the main storytelling techniques used in movie and video-game studios. One-hour practice, where students experience the writing room and use those techniques to create compelling and challenging stories. Students will work on already existing TV shows or advertising concepts, so their only focus is to create powerful, emotionally engaging content.


HAULET, Vladimir (Auteur)

Pedagogical format

6 workshops, each 2-hours long.

Course validation

Students will the 2-pages OUTLINE of either : a SPEC episode for a TV show, OR an ad-campaign, OR a video-game script using the tools learned in class (70% of grade). Students will not only be evaluated on their overall creativity, but also on their capacity to use the storytelling techniques taught in class. Overall involvement with the material and classroom presence will also contribute to their grade (30%).


Students will complete the writing of their outline during the workshops. They will however be asked to watch specific content from one class to the other, and provide feedback on their classmates' work-in-progress.

Required reading

  • Students MUST watch OR read the scripts of EP. 2 (« Lawnmower Dog »), EP.3 (« Anatomy Park ») and EP.4 (« M. Night Shaym) of the « Rick and Morty » TV show.
  • All 3 scripts are available for free on the internet :

Additional required reading

  • Save The Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
  • The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers, Christopher Vogler.
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell
  • La dramaturgie, Yves Lavandier.
  • Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting, Robert McKee.
  • The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, John Truby.