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CMST 216 Scripting for Film Video & Multimedia • 5 Cr.


Students learn the mechanics and format used for film and television as well as the writer's job in pre-production and production. In addition, students are introduced to non-linear writing for new interactive multimedia technologies. Prerequisite: CMST 141 or ENGL& 101 or ENGL& 235 or ENGL 271 or ENGL 272 or equivalent English course at another college with a C- or better, or an entry code.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of what a motion picture or television “treatment” is and why “treatments” are important.
  • Verbally “pitch” an idea to the class and “sell the class” on the idea, citing project cost, target audience, and why the project would be a success.
  • Explain the “mythic structure” of both a story and a screenplay
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between a symbol and an archetype, and show what they represent in a particular character or idea within a story/screenplay.
  • Explain the difference between a “digital” or multimedia script and a script for so-called “linear” media.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of Aristotle’s six elements of drama for playwrights and how those ideas pertain to today’s media.
  • Present a rough interactive multimedia prototype.
  • Understand and demonstrate the use of a back-story for leading characters.



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