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PAST 210 Playwriting I for Theater and Media

Powerful playwriting is a synthesis of hyper-conscious craftwork and subconscious impulse. In this workshop the student will generate new writing for performance through study of nuts-and­ bolts construction as well as exploration of pure possibility. Students will read and discuss a variety of plays, dismantling their engines to see what makes them run. They will engage in exercises designed to shake loose their limitations and work their dramatic muscles. Students will also help each other mold and shape original works of drama. During the first half of the course, students will discuss plays, write short pieces, and lay the groundwork for an original one-act play of the students' own devising. In the second half of the course, the students will workshop their one-acts.

2 credits

PAST 220 Dramaturgy & Script Analysis

Using the familiar elements of Aristotle's Poetics and various contemporary texts as a springboard, the student will confront several different approaches to grappling with and metabolizing scripts. There is no master key that unlocks all scripts, so the course addresses a range of analytical perspectives, examining work of various 21st Century genres. The first half of the course focuses on dramaturgy of play scripts; the second, on script analysis of film, TV, and video games. Students will take apart scripts from each genre, analyzing relationships between form and content as well as identifying the techniques and devices writers use to make their scripts sing.

3 credits

PAST 230 Screenwriting I for Writing for Theater and Media

This course is an intensive study of the screenplay format for the feature film, screenplay structure, and screenwriting, including a workshop of student pitches, treatments, screenplays, and synopses. Students will be required to write a short (minimum thirty-minute/maximum forty-five minute) script but may also write the first half of a feature-length (ninety-120 minute) script. Attention is paid to the differences between theater as a live performance-based form and film as a highly visual genre, and what this means for the cross-genre writer.

2 credits

PAST 240 Writing Comedy for TV

This course introduces students to writing for the world of TV comedy: late night, sketch, episode, and 30-minute serial comedy. Students begin with a study of the basic principles and devices of comedy and how they function in these different genres. Next, they explore various forms of TV/web comedy, learning the structures and key elements of the 30-minute TV episodic show, the comedic episode, and late-night/sketch comedy. In addition to analyzing examples of these, students choose from all comedic TV/web forms covered and write 25-30 pages of comedic material suitable tor broadcast media. Collaborative writing in pairs or teams is encouraged.

2 credits

PAST 280 History of Meda Arts for Writing for Theater and Media

This course explores the origins and history of media arts, from silent film to the video game. Special attention will be paid to the technological visions of the early avant-garde filmmakers and art film of the 1920s; the history of television, from "I Love Lucy" to the HBO drama; installation and performance/video art of the 60s-80s; installation and performance/video art of the 60s-80s; and the rise of the video game as a storytelling medium.

3 credits