PCC/ CCOG / MM

Course Content and Outcome Guide for MM 259

Course Number:
MM 259
Course Title:
Screenwriting/Preproduction
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
20
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
$6.00

Course Description

Focuses on the pre-production phase of narrative video projects. Provides story structure, character development, and formatting for screenwriting. Covers the transition from script to screen including shot lists, location scouting and floor plans, and other pre-production variables. Prerequisites: WR 121 and MM 260. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Create screenplay treatments, outlines of the major dramatic moments (Beat Sheets), and character bios for casting purposes.
  • Create, and produce professionally formatted screenplay scripts.
  • Use industry protocols to break down a script into parts for pre-production planning.
  • Create shot-lists, draft floor plans for lighting and blocking, and utilize locationscouting techniques.

Course Activities and Design

  • The material in this course will be presented in a classroom lecture/discussion/demonstration format, and in class hands-on exercises.
  • There will be short assignments weekly, which may be partially completed inclass. Also, a longer assignment, which demonstrates techniques and skills, developed in the course.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Projects will be the major criteria for evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on creativity, presentations, meeting assigned deadlines, and participation in critiques. Additional methods of assessment may include quizzes, exercises, assignments, and attendance.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Use industry standard scriptwriting tools to create media.
  • Create and Format materials needed for pre?produce of video productions.
  • Sample techniques for pre?production elements such as lighting plans, blocking and location scouting.