Maricopa Community Colleges  CRW190   19962-99999 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 10/24/95
CRW190 19962-99999 LEC 3 Credit(s) 3 Period(s)
Introduction to Screenwriting
Overview of screenwriting elements; introduction to screenwriting techniques. Prerequisites: None. CRW150 recommended but not required.
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
CRW190   19962-99999 Introduction to Screenwriting
1. Describe the history of the literary craft of storytelling from Greek mythology to the present . (I)
2. Identify methods used by various storytelling mediums: plays, fiction and other literature, and film. (I)
3. Define and apply the classic Three-Act Structure of modern film, including the use of the inciting incident and plot points. (II)
4. Explain the relationship between character and plot in a story. (III)
5. Define and use the tools of a screenwriter, including dialogue, setting, tone, theme, and genre. (IV)
6. Apply a sound writing process to the development of a screenplay. (V)
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CRW190   19962-99999 Introduction to Screenwriting
    I. History of Storytelling Using Various Mediums
        A. Plays
        B. Fiction and other literature
        C. Film
      II. Defining the Three-Act Structure
          A. Set up
            1. Where to begin story
            2. Inciting incident
          B. Confrontation
            1. Rising conflict
            2. Plot points
          C. Resolution
            1. Denouement
            2. Where to end story
        III. Character and Plot
            A. Character development
            B. Plot based on character choices
          IV. The Tools of Screenwriting
              A. Dialogue
              B. Setting
              C. Tone
              D. Theme
              E. Genre
            V. The Screenwriting Process
                A. Idea
                B. Logline
                C. Premise
                D. Treatment
                E. Step outline
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