FILM 2310: Script
Fall 2011

Instructor Information

Chris Churchill
SRH 124a
Office hours:   Monday and
Wednesday 1:00-3:00
Phone:  450-5522

BS. Digital Filmmaking, University of Central Arkansas; MFA. Digital
Filmmaking, University of Central Arkansas

Course Information

Course Title:
Script Analysis
Course Number:  FILM 2310
Course Description: Required for digital
filmmaking majors. The course covers analysis, formatting, structure,
and construction of the motion picture treatment and screenplay from
scene to act level. Character creation and motivation are also
Location: SRH 108
Meeting day(s):

Meeting time(s): 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
MCOM 1300 Media and Society; FILM 1305 Intro to Film



Course Requirements

Your grade will be
determined by your level of performance in these areas:

1.   Attendance (10%):  Attendance is vital for this type of
class. You will lose up to10 points for each missed class.  Any
student with more than five (5) unexcused absences may be subject to
a withdraw fail (WF) from the class.  Allowances will be made
for unexcused absences, but you need to confirm with me that an
absence is excused ahead of time.

2.    Top Ten List (10%):  You will create a
list of your top ten favorite movies.  This list will provide
you a list of examples to draw from as we discuss various topics
during the semester.

3.    Character Biography (10%): You will write a
2-3 page character biography of a character you invent (which may or
may not be the character you use for your scene and short film).

4.    Short Script I (20%): You will write a 10-15
page short movie with 5-10 scenes or so.  This movie should
stand alone and not be a part of a larger story.  Each scene, as
well as the entire movie, should have a goal, action, conflict, and
reaction. Grades will be assigned based on the students ability apply
class discussions to creative material.

5.    Short Script II (25%):  Based on
comments from the workshops and other feedback you will rewrite your
first draft script or create a new script. You’re grade will reflect
your ability to show an understanding of lecture material.

6.    Final Exam (25%): You will have a final exam
covering terminology, basic structure, and scene analysis.


Academic Integrity

The University of Central Arkansas affirms its commitment to
academic integrity and expects all members of the university
community to accept shared responsibility for maintaining academic
integrity. Students in this course are subject to the provisions of
the university’s Academic Integrity Policy, approved by the Board of
Trustees ad Board Policy No. 709 on February 10, 2010, and published
in the Student Handbook. Penalties for academic misconduct in this
course may include a failing grade on an assignment, a failing grade
in the course, or any other course-related sanction the instructor
determines to be appropriate. Continued enrollment in this course
affirms a student’s acceptance of this university policy.

Grading Scale


Class Policies

All assignments will be
turned in typed.  Script assignments must follow the required
format or they will not be accepted.  All other assignments
should be double-spaced.
Assignments are due at class time.  Late assignments may
be turned in up to a week late for half credit (unless you have an
excused absence the day the assignment is due).  Excused
absences include university sanctioned events, illness, emergency, or
death in the family.  See evaluation section for how absences
will be graded.

 Access to computer labs will
be given to students at the beginning of the semester. Please
remember that food and drinks are not allowed in labs. Failure to
comply will result in removal of access to all lab areas.

Please refer to the student handbook for
university policy on academic dishonesty and plagiarism as well as on
sexual harassment and other academic and university policies.

University of Central Arkansas adheres to the requirements of the
Americans with Disabilities Act.  If you need an accommodation
under this Act due to a disability, please contact the UCA Office of
Disability Services, 450-3135

Schedule (Subject to Change)

Topic Assignment
08/25/11 Intro and Syllabus
08/30/11 Terminology/Tom 10 Lists Top 10 Lists due
09/01/11 Plot Design
09/06/11 Plot Design
09/08/11 Basic Structure Script: The Matrix
09/13/11 Basic Structure
09/15/11 Character Creation Begin Character Bio
09/20/11 Goals Script: Sixth Sense
09/22/11 Goals
09/27/11 Action Script: Rushmore/Character Bio Due
09/29/11 Conflict The Fugitive
10/04/11 Conflict
10/06/11 Reaction Begin Short film I Assignment
10/11/11 Writing Scripts
10/13/11 Short Films
10/18/11 Short Films
10/20/11 Fall Break
10/25/11 Business of Screenwriting Short Film Assignment I Due
11/27/11 Workshop
11/01/11 Workshop
11/03/11 Complex Scene Structure
11/08/11 Feature Film Structure Begin Short Film II Assignment
11/10/11 Act I
11/15/11 Act II
11/17/11 Act III
11/22/11 Acti IV
11/24/11 Thanksgiving Break
11/29/11 Workshop Short Film Group 1
12/01/11 Workshop Short Film Group 2
12/06/11 Workshop short Film Group 3
12/08/11 Workshop Short Film Group 4

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