This course aims at students being able to:
1.Familiarize themselves with the reading of scripts and film texts in a critical way.
2.Know the basic elements of methodology for the evaluation of a script.
3.Explore the formation, principles, techniques by which the evaluation of a script is approached in terms of film production exclusively.
4.Compose a script diagram (Script Coverage), which will contain the overview of the script, as well as comments and suggestions about the strengths and weaknesses of the script, and the estimation for a possible utilization in the film production.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Cinema narrates stories. Sometimes, producers choose, develop, change or even co-shape these stories and the way these are told. The producer is – among others – an adequate reader of scripts and their components. In this course, the main principles of the dramatic analysis are taught. The components which constitute a story. The way these components are organized and narrate the story. During the development of a film work, the producer sometimes participates in and others he/she leads the development, improvement, rewriting of the story.
In this context, ways of approaching, evaluation and analysis of a film script are developed, while films are studied on the basis of structure, style, form, narrative and characters. Finally, a methodology of encoding the above projects is suggested, from the point of view of the film production (Script Coverage).
dramaturgical analysis, script report, script coverage, script analysis
Additional bibliography for study
Ackerman, H. (2017). Write Screenplays That Sell - The Ackerman Way. Beverly Hills, California: Tallfellow Press.
Garfinkel, A. (2007). Screenlay Story Analysis: The Art and Business. New York: Allworth Press.
Griffiths, K. (2015). The Art of Script Editing: A Practical Guide to Script Development. Harpenden, UK: Creative Essentials.
Seger, L. (2010). Making a Good Script Great. Beverly Hills, California: Silman-James Press.