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January Term

Featured Online 2-Credit Course

Special Topics in Applied Communication:
Writing the Short, Contained Script (CA 520)

E-Course 100% online, no campus visits required.

December 27 - January 18, CRN: 30092, Credits 2.0

This course will explore the specific challenges and rewards of writing a one-location short script with four or fewer characters, with a high producibility factor. By studying short stage works, the student will learn the value of developing well-honed characters who exist beyond the beginning and ending of a story, yet who entertain during the window of the storytelling frame with their choices and actions. Students will also tackle the script breakdown from a producer's viewpoint, creating a cast and crew list, locations necessities, rough budget (including props, equipment rentals, insurance, food, travel, etc.), scheduling (pre-production, shoot, post-production), and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) union considerations on the ultra low budget agreement schedule. No prerequisites required.

Instructor Bio: Dana Biscotti Myskowski

Questions for Dana Biscotti Myskowski

Is there a difference between January Term and traditionally scheduled classes?

There is a difference in this January Term class from traditionally scheduled classes: it is a course that is specifically designed for the short time frame, and for the reduced credits. It focuses specifically on writing a script and planning a short film shoot in one location. During the traditional semester, we write a number of short scripts in two of the classes, or one feature-length script in another of the classes.

Why should students be interested in this subject matter?

Students who might most be interested in this subject matter are those who would like to one day see their idea become a short film. This class not only addresses the writing of the script, but budgeting and production planning.

Do you have a philosophy about learning?

I believe that all students can learn to write better, and that any discipline can be strengthened with good writing. Learning the craft extends beyond what the mentor can convey; it requires a natural curiosity and an ability to learn by example. As a writer, I believe writing is breathing; as a professor, I believe teaching is living.

Visit www.greenchairpictures.com to learn more about Dana Biscotti Myskowski.