Screenwriting Analysis

Schools of Public Engagement: Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Screenwriting Analysis
Fall 2023
Taught By: Marya Cohn
Section: A

CRN: 4151

Credits: 3

This course considers classic and alternative screenwriting theory and analysis, offering a way to rethink narrative in terms of emotional structure. Students study a select group of films, analyzing their emotional and story structures, focusing on what makes these films work, and what we can learn from them, both as scholars and as writers. Subjects covered include classical and alternative narrative structures and how they relate to the films at hand; the use of cinematic images; explorations of theme, character analysis and development, and how they interconnect. Films discussed in class include Citizen Kane, Rashomon (various narrative perspectives), Before the Rain, The Crying Game (compilation of stories in spiral structure), The Usual Suspects, Memento, and Mulholland Drive (associative organization or even dissolution of time). The course first introduces the main schools of thought and classic screenwriting theories and discusses the history of dramatic screenwriting practice, and then focuses on illustrating contemporary experiments with different perspectives, chronological order and narrative concepts, for which one needs different tools than the ones used till now. Students are expected to make substantive contributions to seminar discussion and to submit, as instructed, step outlines and structural graphs, which can be used as tools of analysis both for films and for scripts in development.

Media Studies courses are open to all graduate students. Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors with permission from the instructor and BA/MA Media studies students should email mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu for access.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media (MED)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:18am EST 2/22/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 602
Date Range: 8/31/2023 - 12/14/2023