Course Purpose

This course focuses on understanding traditional storytelling, via means of books and film narratives. Students will be taught the processes that screenwriters go through when creating their scripts, before then investigating and learning how these traditional techniques can apply to videogame stories.

Course Goals and Outcomes

Specific areas the course will look at include”

  • The “fifteen” beats of Hollywood screenwriting
  • Relating the beats to existing films
  • What makes a good story
  • Process of writing a screenplay
  • Introduction to putting that into interactive format.
Course Texts

Save the Cat by Blake Synder

Supplies and Equipment

Students are required to bring the following with them to classes: 3” binder with paper and tabs, notebook, pen, pencil, highlighter, calculator. It is required that students have computer access outside of class.

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