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2023-24 Catalog 
2023-24 Catalog
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CMST 216 - Scripting for Film Video & Multimedia

5 CR

Students learn the mechanics and format used for film and television as well as the writer’s job in pre-production and production. In addition, students are introduced to non-linear writing for new interactive multimedia technologies.

Prerequisite(s): CMST 141  or ENGL 101  or ENGL 235  or ENGL 271  or ENGL 272  or equivalent English course at another college with a C- or better, or an entry code.

Course Outcomes
  • Describe what a motion picture or television “treatment” is and why treatments are important
  • Construct and “pitch” an idea to the class and “sell the class” on the idea, citing project cost, target audience, and why the project would be a success
  • Identify and critique the “mythic structure” of both a story and a screenplay
  • Explain the difference between a symbol and an archetype, and show what they represent in a particular character or idea within a story/screenplay
  • Explain the difference between a “digital” or multimedia script and a script for so-called “linear” media
  • Discuss the importance of Aristotle’s six elements of drama for playwrights and how those ideas pertain to today’s media
  • Illustrate the use of a back-story for leading characters in scripts

GenEd Outcomes: Communication
  • Writing

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