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PAST 340 Writing the TV Drama

In this course, students will view and read examples of some of the best written recent hour-long dramas. The student will analyze structure of episodes and scenes, how characterization is layered, how dialogue becomes effective, and the way TV series convey meaning, and then apply that knowledge to the creation of a one-hour TV drama script. Students will write a "spec script," outline and write an original show, completing the semester with a pilot for an hour-long TV drama. During the course specific conventions of show subgenres are explored-medical dramas, police procedurals, event dramas, etc., and how to approach these highly structured forms with freshness and creativity.


2 credits