History of Screenwriting

Course Information
TitleΣεναριακές γραφές, έργα και δημιουργοί / History of Screenwriting
FacultyFine Arts
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorIoannis Maroudas
Course ID600020178

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Film Studies (2009-2013)

Registered students: 20
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective Courses beloging to the selected specialization635

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the semester the students will be able to: 1. understand the basic narrative patterns and characteristics in the works of well known writers - creators 2. recognise the continuity of style in the work of exceptional writers/directors. 3. familiarize with individual issues and diferent styles of screenwriting 4. analyse film script and its contribution to a film
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Through studying the work of important screenwriters, we examine the basic motifs of these creators , the thematic cores of their work and the narrative trends of their era. Also, the methods they use during the creative procedure of writing a screenplay. Indicatively examined: Guillermo Arriaga,Charlie Kaufman, Cesare Zavattini, Mike Leigh, Krysztof Piesewitz,Paul Schrader,Tonino Guerra,Jan-Pierre Melville, Jean Claude Carriere, Quentin Tarantino. (Students get in contact with their work through characteristic excerpts /scenes and films,interviews, analyses and reviews)
art-work contunuity, art waves in cinema, special screenwriting techniques
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Laboratory Work501.7
Written assigments602
Student Assessment
The final evaluation is according the below: 1. The written project at the end of the semester 40% 2. the active participation at the courses 20% 3. the written assignments/exercises (2) during the semester 40%.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Artistic Performance (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Αριστοτέλους Περί Ποιητικής. Αθήνα, εκδ. Εστία, 2004 Bordwell, D. & K. Thompson. Eισαγωγή στην τέχνη του κινηματογράφου. Εκδ. ΜΙΕΤ Βαλούκος,Στ. Σενάριο. Αθήνα, εκδ. Αιγόκερως, 2002. Kallas-Καλογεροπούλου, Χριστίνα. Σενάριο. Η Τέχνη της Επινόησης και της Αφήγησης στον Κινηματογράφο. Αθήνα, εκδ. Νεφέλη, 2006. Campbell, J. Η δύναμη του μύθου. Αθήνα, εκδόσεις Ιάμβλιχος, 1998 Tirard, L. Masterclass. Eκδ. Πατάκη.
Additional bibliography for study
Stephen King, "Περί συγγραφής", Εκδ. Βell, 2006 Robert Mc Kee, "Story", metheum. Linda Seger, Making a good script great, Samuel French. Christropher Vogler, The Writer’s Journey, Michel Wiese Productions. John Truby, Great movies : why do they work, Silman – james Press. Cahiers du cinema, "H πολιτική των δημιουργών", εκδ. Αλεξάνδρεια, 1989
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