UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHAPEL HILL
Writing for the Screen and Stage
HISTORY OF AMERICAN SCREENWRITING
Mondays and Wednesdays, 11-12:15 PM,
Mondays, 5-8 PM, Swain, Rm. 01A
Office, Rm. 26
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.
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
At 5 PM a
film from the same period will be shown
in the Swain 01A
Attendance at these screenings is mandatory
If you have work or
course-related conflicts with the screening schedule, please see me as soon as
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.
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