CTV 7380 Dramaturgy and Directing (3 units)
This course aims at providing structured training in writing and directing for contemporary motion picture formats, namely feature films, TV dramas, “webisodes” and “micro movies”, etc. Through lectures and hands-on exercises, students will be able to identify the needed ingredients of a popular (commercially successful) narrative work. They will be able to apply that knowledge in their personal creative work. Students will learn to analyse a screenplay; break down the action beats; and treat the material with cinematic pacing in mind. Students will be more familiar with the production protocols and the film industry in general. Through in-class practices they will be able to handle professional actors and pull out better performance from nonprofessional talent as well through audition and rehearsal. As the camera and imaging is the essential of motion pictures, use of camera and visual elements in general will be addressed throughout the course. Writing students will benefit from this course’s analysis of “great” scripts and directing approaches.
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