Instructor Information
Name:  Chris Churchill
Office location: SRH 124a
Office hours:   Monday and Wednesday 1:00 – 3:00
Phone:  450-5522
Biography:  BS. Digital Filmmaking, University of Central Arkansas; MFA. Digital Filmmaking, University of Central Arkansas

Course Information

Course Title:  Script Analysis
Course Number:  FILM 2310
CRN: 22112
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 addressed.
Location: SRH 109
Meeting day(s): MW
Meeting time(s): 9:00 pm – 10:15 pm
Prerequisite(s): 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 to 10 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 before class begins.

2.    Top Ten List (5%):  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 (5%): 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 (10%): You will write a 3-5 page short movie with 1-2 scenes or so.  This movie should stand alone and not be a part of a larger story.  Grades will be assigned based on your creativity and execution of ideas and concepts discussed in class.

5.    Short Script I rewrite (10%): You will rewrite the script assignment from course requirement 4.  This rewrite will include changes discussed in the in-class workshop.

6.    Short Script II (20%):  You will write a 5 – 10 page script with 3 – 5 scenes or so.  This movie should stand alone and not be part of a larger story.  Grades will be assigned based on your creativity and execution of the ideas and concepts discussed in class.

7.    Short Script III (20%):  You will write a 7 – 12 page script with 5 – 7 scenes or so.  This movie should stand alone and not be part of a larger story.  Grades will be assigned based on your creativity and execution of the ideas and concepts discussed in class.

8.    Final Exam (20%): 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 as 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.

The university’s academic integrity policy applies to all students enrolled in courses at the University of Central Arkansas. All forms of academic misconduct at the University of Central Arkansas will be regarded as serious.

You should familiarize yourself with all policies listed in the 2010-2011 UCA Student Handbook. Please take particular note of the policies on Sexual Harassment (p. 102-105), Academic Policies (p. 35-41), Academic Integrity Policy (p. 36-41) and the following statement on academic dishonesty:

Definition of Academic Misconduct: Violation of the expectation of academic integrity is    academic misconduct. Examples of misconduct commonly identified by universities include but are not limited to those listed here (definitions are quoted from the Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, 1999 ed.):

Cheating: to cheat is, in an academic context, “to take an examination or test in a dishonest way, as by improper access to answers.” Cheating may also occur in the context of other academic assignments.

Plagiarism: “the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work.” This concept may apply to any kind of intellectual property.

Fabrication: to fabricate is, in this context, “to fake; forge (a document, signature, etc.).” Fabrication is commonly associated with the falsified research findings.

Other forms of academic misconduct may include unauthorized collaboration or submitting the same paper or portions of the same paper to two different courses without the consent of both instructors. The university will provide extensive publicly accessible examples of and information about forms of academic misconduct.

Grading Scale

Below 60=F

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.

The 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

Class Schedule (subject to change)

Topic Assignment Film


Intro and Syllabus Assign Top 10 Lists


Terminology/Top 10 Lists Assign Script 1/Top 10 Lists Due


Martin Luther King Holiday


Terminology/Top 10 Lists


Plot Design


Plot Design


Writing Scripts/Business of Screenwriting Script 1 Due


Workshop  Assign Short Script 1 Rewrite


Basic Structure The Matrix


Character Creation Script 1 Rewrite/Assign Character Bio


Goals The Sixth Sense


Goals Character Bio Due


Action Rushmore


Conflict Assign Script 2 The Fugitive




Short Film Structure



Short Film Structure Script 2 Due


Workshop Assign Script 3


Spring Break



Complex Scene Structure Jerry Maguire


Feature Film Structure


Act I Alien


Act II




Act IV Script 3 Due


Workshop Group 1


Workshop Group 2


Workshop Group 3


Workshop Group 4


Final Exam Week



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