COMM 546 SYLLABUS HISTORY OF AMERICAN SCREENWRITING - Spring - 2011

COMM 546 SYLLABUS HISTORY OF AMERICAN SCREENWRITING - Spring - 2011

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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHAPEL HILL Writing for the Screen and Stage HISTORY OF AMERICAN SCREENWRITING COMM 546 Spring, 2011 Mondays and Wednesdays, 11-12:15 PM, Saunders 204 Mondays, 5-8 PM, Swain, Rm. 01A COURSE SYLLABUS Instructor Cell Office E-mail Dana Coen 661-904-2415 Swain, 204 rcoen@email.unc.edu Office, Rm. 26 Course Description: The spring version of COMM 546 examines the history of American narrative film through the screenwriter’s experience. ..the central objective being an understanding of how and why present day screenwriting has developed. More specifically, we will use a decade-by-decade approach to examine the political, social, global, psychological, religious and cultural influences on the art, process and careers of screenwriters. Although no text is required, the course is viewing-and-research-intensive with all students being required to present and hand-in work on a weekly basis. The Monday classes will begin with a lecture in Saunders 204. This lecture may include selected film scenes, photos and a reading of an excerpt from a representative screenplay. At 5 PM a film from the same period will be shown in the Swain 01A screening room. Attendance at these screenings is mandatory . If you have work or course-related conflicts with the screening schedule, please see me as soon as possible. The Wednesday morning class will be dedicated to discussing the screened film. Students are expected to do outside research on this film and come to class with a one- page thesis to present and discuss relative to its screenplay and/or screenwriter. Course Bibliography: Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood , Mark Harris, The Penguin Press, New York, 2008 Script Culture and the American Screenplay , Kevin Alexander Boon, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 2008
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What Happens Next: A History of American Screenwriting , Marc Norman, Harmony Books, New York, 2007 Framework: A History of Screenwriting in the American Film , Tom Stempel, Syracuse University Press, 2003 Oscar Winning Screenwriters on Screenwriting: The Award Winning Best in the Business Discuss Their Craft , Hyperion, New York, 2001 I’d Hate Myself in the Morning , Ring Lardner, Jr., Thunder Mouth’s Press/Nation Books,
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