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FIL 2107.

0001- SCRIPT ANALYSIS


Department of FilmCollege of Arts and Humanities, University of Central Florida

COURSE SYLLABUS

Instructor: Office: Phone: E-Mail: Website: Course blog: Jesse Wolfe COMM 221 (407) 823-4044 Jesse.Wolfe@ucf.edu http://wolfe-ucffilm.blogspot.com http://wolfe-fil2170.blogspot.com Term: Class Meeting Days: Class Meeting Hours: Class Location: Withdraw Deadline: Spring 2013 Fridays 12:00-2:50p COMM 0108 March 11, 2013

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to help student's better understand, critique and create quality screenplays. Informed by the instructor's own personal experience as professional writer, director and producer, we will study the basics of character, structure, plot, dialogue, description, exposition, theme, conflict, and other script elements, how they are achieved and conveyed by different styles and approaches, how they serve the story, and the demands they put upon a director and production. The goal of the course is for students to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the screenplay and it's function and importance in the filmmaking process. FORMAT: Lectures and discussions, reading scripts, viewing films, coverage of screenplays and other writing exercises, exams. REQUIREMENTS: As this class will be primarily a discussion course, students will be required to attend the class, participate in class discussions and view the selected films. They will also be required to read assigned screenplays and other materials, and turn in assignments when scheduled. Quizzes and a final exam will be given as listed on course calendar, and the professor reserves the right to assign more quizzes as he deems necessary. EVALUATION: Grades will be based on participation in discussions, timely completion of assignments quizzes and the final exam. Assignments are due at the beginning of class on due date. Any assignment turned in after collection, will receive a letter grade off, for each day late. Emails of assignments will not be accepted. OBJECTIVES: By semesters end, students will have a basic understanding of how scripts are structured and used to effectively deliver a story from the writer's mind to the page, as well as be able to break a script down into basic elements and evaluate them based on quality, effectiveness of function, target audience and personal taste.

REQUIRED TEXT / MATERIALS: Quizzes and Exams will be given on raspberry-colored UCF scantrons. Students are responsible for having correct version of scantron on all quiz and exam days. Scantron. Scantrons are available for purchase in a vending machine on the second floor of the main library. They can also be purchased at one of the two main campus bookstores or other bookstores that cater to academic institutions. -Required Reading: Required Reading Assignments and all screenplays can be found on/downloaded from the website links listed in the course calendar and on the course blogsite (http://wolfe-fil2170.blogspot.com ). These must be the sources used when reading assignments. No alternative versions of assigned screenplays will be accepted. -Suggested Reading: Adventures In the Screen Trade: A Personal View Of Hollywood And Screenwriting by William Goldman, ISBN# 0446391174 Story: Substance, Structure, Style And The Principles Of Screenwriting by Robert McKee, ISBN# 0060391685 The Art Of Dramatic Writing: It's Basis In The Creative Interpretation Of Human Motives by Lajos Egri and G. Miller, ISBN# 1163161586 Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field, ISBN# 0385339038 GRADE SCALE: A AB+
94-100 90-93 87-89

B
84-86

B80-83

C+
77-79

C
74-76

C70-73

D+
67-69

D
64-66

D60-63

F
0-59

ASSESSMENT Attendance

DESCRIPTION
All students are required to attend classes when indicated on course calendar. Failure to attend these course dates will result in a letter grade deduction for each day missed. Each student will be required to read assignments posted on the course blogsite and respond to the stated postreading questions. No late assignments will be accepted. Quizzes will be given at different intervals throughout the semester. These quiz grades will be averaged and that average will be put towards the students final course grade. No make up quizzes will be given for unexcused absences. -Coverage Top Sheet, 2-4 page synopsis of script, and 13 page analysis of script discussing in more depth and giving examples for arguments regarding the categories listed on cover page -All coverages and assignments must be typed, Times or Times New Roman font, font size 12, standard margins (1 top, 1 bottom, 1.25 left, 1.25 right), unless otherwise ordered. Multiple pages must be stapled (no paperclips,

FINAL GRADE % 10%

Reading Assignments Quizzes

20%

20%

Coverage #1

10%

chewing gum, string, or the dreaded corner fold over). No staple = one letter grade off assignment grade. No name on assignment = no grade for assignment

Coverage #2

-Coverage Top Sheet, 2-4 page synopsis of script, and 13 page analysis of script discussing in more depth and giving examples for arguments regarding the categories listed on cover page -All coverages and assignments must be typed, Times or Times New Roman font, font size 12, standard margins (1 top, 1 bottom, 1.25 left, 1.25 right), unless otherwise ordered. Multiple pages must be stapled (no paperclips, chewing gum, string, or the dreaded corner fold over). No staple = one letter grade off assignment grade. No name on assignment = no grade for assignment

20%

Final Exam

A cumulative Final Exam will be given- covering all discussions, reading assignments and scripts read.

20% 100%

ASSESSMENT TOTAL

EXTRA CREDIT: No extra credit is offered in this course. Except in regard to Class Cancellation Policy (read below) CLASS CANCELLATIONS: The professor is a working professional in film and video production, and as such may occasionally have to cancel class or alter the syllabus due to work schedule and responsibilities. With the exception of emergencies, class will never be canceled with less than a weeks notice to the students. These notices will be posted on the course blogsite. In the case of cancellations, students will be required to complete an assignment posted on the blogsite, and will be turned in by a certain time/date per instructions. The professor's teaching assistant will have instructions. Make sure to check the course blogsite regularly for updates and notices. TECHNOLOGY POLICIES E-MAIL: Email is the best and preferred way of contacting the professor. When you email please make sure to preface your email by putting the course number and your name in the subject line of the email: (Example: FIL 1001- John Smith) This will ensure it is not tossed out unread. MY UCF: Grades for exams/assignments will be posted on the MyUCF Grades service. They may take a few days to post, as scantron sheets need to be graded by Test Scoring Services. If your grade reads as a -1.00, this means that the scantron sheet was not gradedeither due to your not handing one in, not correctly filling out your name and PID#, or the scantron was damaged. Please email the professor to notify him of this, and he will investigate and correct the problem if it is correctable.

IT IS STUDENTS RESPONSIBILTY TO KEEP ON TOP OF THIS. LAPTOP USAGE: Laptops are acceptable for note taking purposes only. If you are found working on other projects, on my space, emailing etc, you will be asked to leave and a failing grade will be given for the course. NO LAPTOPS OR OTHER DEVICES MAY BE ON OR USED DURING FILM SCREENINGS. If you are found using laptop, phone, or any other electronic device during a screening, you will be asked to leave and a failing grade will be given for the course. OTHER DEVICES: Please read the Laptop Usage section above ADDITIONAL POLICIES: GRADING/EVALUATION: No exam grades will be dropped ATTENDANCE/PARTICIPATION: Students are required to attend every class. So if you miss a course, it is your responsibility to obtain missed information from a fellow student. If you miss a day where an assignment is due or a quiz/exam is given- you will receive an F for that assignment grade. PLEASE NOTE: THE PROFESSOR WILL NOT MAKE LECTURES AVAILABLE ON LINE OR AT ANY TIME AFTER IT IS DELIVERED DURING CLASS PERIOD ATTENDANCE POLICY: It is the overall department policy that exceptions to fulfill attendance requirements for film students in all courses shall be as follows: 1. Medical Absence - Students shall provide to the professor and/or department chair written proof of absence for medical reasons from their physician. 2. Religious holidays and observances 3. School functions for which student must provide legitimate excuse in writing prior to event All other reasons for missing scheduled class times must be submitted in writing and approved by the professor and/or department chair IN ADVANCE of expected absence. (Weddings, parties, job interviews, family trips, etc., are not acceptable excuses for missing exams). DEADLINES: Assignment must be handed in on the due dates when asked for. LATE / MAKE-UP ASSIGNMENTS or EXAMS There are no make up assignments or exams given in this course for unexcused absences. You are required to be in class on time on the days an exam is given. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: As reflected in the UCF creed, integrity and scholarship are core values that should guide our conduct and decisions as members of the UCF community. Plagiarism and cheating contradict these values, and so are very serious academic offenses. Penalties can include a failing grade in an assignment or in the course, or suspension or expulsion from the university. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with and follow the Universitys Rules of Conduct (see http://www.osc.sdes.ucf.edu/). ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE DIFFERENTLY-ABLED: (alternate testing opportunities, support for signers, etc.) The University of Central Florida is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. This syllabus is available in alternate formats upon request. Students

with disabilities who need accommodations in this course must contact the professor at the beginning of the semester to discuss needed accommodations. No accommodations will be provided until the student has met with the professor to request accommodations. Students who need accommodations must be registered with Student Disability Services, Student Resource Center Room 132, phone (407) 823-2371, TTY/TDD only phone (407) 823-2116, before requesting accommodations from the professor. DISCLAIMER: Some of the films that will be screened and materials discussed may express adult or controversial themes, violence, nudity, strong language etc. If you have any problems with this please discuss it with the instructor. The syllabus- its dates, assignments and elements- is subject to changes at the discretion of the professor. COURSE CALENDAR (subject to change at professor discretion) DATE 1/11 DUE IN CLASS -Go over syllabus and course -Discuss: What makes a story a film, -Discuss Genre: What kind of story do you have? -Discuss Theme: Why tell your story? -Syllabus Quiz - Discuss Format: The Form of the screenplay-major story/script elements. -Discuss Script structure: How a film story is constructed Reading Assign 1 -Discuss Reading Assignment 1 -Discuss Classic Structure of the Dramatic Narrative -Discuss Reading Assignment 1 -Discuss the Stages of the Classic Screenplay Quiz #1 Movie Day- Screen movie and discuss Reading Assign 3 ASSIGNMENT

1/18

Reading Assign 1

1/25

Reading Assign 2

2/1

Reading Assign 2

2/8

2/15

Reading Assign 3

-Discuss Reading Assign 3 -Discuss Intellect and Emotion. The Circle of Good Curiosity and Concern. -Discuss The two types of Surprise -Discuss Coverage Reading Assign 4 Coverage 1

2/22 3/1 Reading Assign 4

-Discuss Reading Assign 4

3/8 3/15 3/22 Coverage 1

NO CLASS- SPRING BREAK -Discuss "The Scene". -Discuss Coverage 1 - Discuss Character vs Characterization. -Discuss Enduring Problems concerning Script/Story Quiz #2 -Discuss arguments against and alternatives to 3 Act Structure Reading Assign 5 -Discuss Documentary and Experimental Script structures and Formats -TBA Coverage 2 -Discuss Coverage 2 -Exam Review Final Exam: TBA Reading Assign 5 Coverage 1

3/29

4/5

Coverage 2

4/12 4/19

Coverage 2

4/26