English Cssr. The Short Screenplay

Instructor: Mark Poirier
Terms: Fall Term

Tuesdays, 1-4 pm | Location: Barker 018

Enrollment: Limited to 12 students.

This class introduces the short screenplay–anywhere from one to thirty formatted pages. Students will learn the basics of this challenging form by viewing short films and reading short screenplays, short stories, and short creative essays.

We’ll focus on character and plot in the scripts we develop because many short films-even highly lauded ones-are lacking in these areas. The goal of the course is to write scripts that can actually be produced, so we’ll also consider budgetary matters when we’re writing.

No prior screenwriting experience is required.

Supplemental Application Information: In your letter of application, please answer the following questions:

  1. Briefly describe why you’d like to be in this class.
  2. Have you taken any other courses in film, screenwriting, or dramatic writing at Harvard or anywhere else? If not, don’t be concerned.
  3. What was the last film you’ve seen in the theater?  Write a short review. One paragraph is fine.

The writing sample should showcase your story-telling abilities and your writing voice. Fiction, non-fiction, dramatic writing are all acceptable. Please limit your sample to five pages.

Apply via Submittable (by 11:59pm on 8/30, no exceptions)

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