Developing Story Narratives
Developing Story Narratives TVR 13400
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TVR 1340001 Developing Story Narratives Svllabus Spring 2009 Professor Julie Blumberg Class Meeting Tuesdays amp Thursdays 110235PM Park 285 Office Park 375 Phone 2743079 email jblumbergithacaedu Kindly keep in mind that I cannot respond to every email in as timely a fashion as I would like If you need answers right away try asking your peers on blackboard or come to my office during office hours Office Hours Tuesday amp Thursdays 230330PM Wednesdays 11001200PM CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION TVR 13400 gives students an understanding of the basic tools and principles of developing story narratives Utilizing dramatic and experimental techniques from the world of theater art literature and film this course is designed to teach and challenge students with new ways to develop dramatic material COURSE OBJECTIVES To focus students powers of observation and written expression 0 To demystify the writing process by giving students a variety of techniques to conquer writers block come up with ideas for stories and ground them in the fundamentals of writing dramatic material for screen media 0 To sharpen students critical and analytical skills by encouraging participation in classroom discussions 0 To help students develop a critical vocabulary to evaluate each other s work and to articulate their own aesthetic tastes and goals 0 To familiarize students with basic script format 0 To familiarize students with script formatting software 0 To encourage students to explore and develop their creative potential They are urged to experiment and take risks in order to find their own unique voices To encourage students to look within and discover that their own lives values and experience of the world are often the best sources of raw material from which to create story Because the best way to learn how to write or to become a better writer is by doing it students will write on a weekly basis In the first three weeks students will complete short exercises in visual writing to get used to the particular conventions and format of writing for the screen Selected students will bring copies of their work into class to be read aloud and discussed Over the course of the semester students will produce a short script based on personal experience one generated by developing a character one developed through theme and a short group piece developed through experimentation Much of the class will be run as a writing workshop That means students will bring workin progress into class to be read aloud and critiqued The first day rough drafts are due the full class will address a select number of scripts The next class students will divide into smaller groups and critique each other s writing They will then incorporate class feedback as they continue to develop their stories By analyzing what works and doesn39t work in their own and each other39s work students will learn how to identify problems discuss them using the vocabulary of film and television writing and find solutions that will help with each new project they take on COURSE REQUIREMENTS ASSIGNMENTS All written assignments must be typed in Courier 12 point font with a title page your name and date in the upper right corner of page 2 through the end and MUST BE STAPLED Paper clips are not acceptable Please print on just one side of each page as I need space to write comments All scenes sequences and scripts must be in standard screenplay format A basic format handout will be distributed and discussed in class You must supplement this introduction by reading The Hollywood Standard by Christopher Riley available at Amazoncom Answers to all formatting questions can be found in this book Assignments that do not follow the above guidelines will be handed back ungraded and considered All assignments must be proofread Poor presentation excessive typos spelling grammar and punctuation errors is not acceptable You will be graded down for mistakes If you are having trouble go get a copy of The Elements of Style or the Chicago Manual of Style or go to the Writing Center for help All assignments are due at the beginning ofthe class on the due date Copies must be collated stapled and ready to hand out or they will be considered late Excuses such as my printer broke I couldn t get copier to work will not be accepted Prepare in advance Five points will be taken off late papers each class that they are late For projects workshopped in class you are required to bring 9 copies of your script in addition to the one you hand to me If you fail to bring in copies when you have signed up to do so ten points will automatically be deducted from your grade Copies don t need title pages and can be printed on both sides ofthe page When workshopping in small groups you must come to class with 4 copies oftheir work Failure to make copies on these days will result in five points being deducted from your grade CLASS PARTICIPATION Your energetic astute and constructive participation in class discussion is essential To do this you will need to come to class having read the assigned material and be prepared to answer and ask questions about it Everyone in the workshop owes to everyone else s writing a measure of respect serious attention and creative intellectual engagement Plus you owe it to yourself to develop your ability to talk perceptively articulately and precisely DON T BE SHY OR OVERLY POLlTE At the same time NO SELFPROCLAIMED GENIUSES ALLOWED ATTENDANCE Absences and lateness WILL NOT BE TOLERATED They will count against your grade as follows One unexcused absence will be permitted Each additional unexcused absence will lower your final course grade A to A B to B C to C etc Four unexcused absences will result in failure or removal from the course Five absences excused or otherwise will result in automatic failure Three latenesses equal an unexcused absence so don t be late Absences will only be excused in the cases described in the Ithaca College Attendance Policy included with this syllabus Written documentation is required even if you are sick You are responsible for work missed when absent and any changes to the syllabus You should check blackboard communicate with peers or come to my office for any handouts you did not receive DO NOT EXPECT ME TO TRACK YOU DOWN AND FlLL YOU IN YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING UP TO DATE BLACKBOARD Blackboard is new to Ithaca College this year and I will be experimenting with how to use it For the moment syllabi revised syllabi assignments and most handouts will be posted I encourage you to check the site regularly and use it to communicate with each other find missing material and additional instruction Screen and Television writing however is still a paperbased industry We will be reading pages in class I accept recycled paper and encourage you to recycle REQUIRED READING For Formatting The Hollywood Standard by Christopher Riley Final Draft Script formatting software If you do not plan to continue screenwriting and cannot afford Final Draft ask a friend if you can to install it on your computer for the semester or use the demo version This class demands a lot of writing Reading will be limited to hand outs distributed in class and your peers work For handouts I will collect a 500 fee by our third class meeting to cover the cost of photocopying As noted above you will be responsible for photocopies of your scripts for workshopping GRADING Grading in a creative writing course is always somewhat subjective Here are some of my criteria for grades although they vary slightly depending upon the assignment 0 A 96100A9095 An 39A39 assignment is technically perfect the use of screenplay format is professional and polished Use ofthe resources ofthe medium is inspired and visionary The story is original significant and complex enough to engage and sustain the interest of an intelligent and discriminating audience and perhaps challenge their beliefs and assumptions The themes may be sophisticated and rich The characters are exceptionally well conceived they are fresh and exciting creations their behavior is well observed and believable and their dialogue is arresting and vivid Writing style is not only errorfree it is graceful and distinctive an individual voice comes through 3 8082IB 8386IB 8789 The formatting is very good The story is interesting and well structured and would sustain the interest of an audience The characters ma appealing and authentic Story and characters might be somewhat generic or seem somewhat derivative Dialogue is interesting and believable Writing style is solid with perhaps some mechanical errors it perhaps could be more fluid and polished C 7072IC 7376IC 7779 A story is told and characters are developed with some promise Formatting may lapse from professional standards in places The story and characters may need development story may be too simple to sustain interest or seem implausible at points Characters may be bland or stereotypical Writing may demonstrate mechanical errors and other stylistic problems D 6769 Use of form and format is inconsistent or haphazard Story and characters may be derivative or too slight to sustain interest Writing may demonstrate mechanical errors and other stylistic problems Assignment may be too short D 6566Use of screenplay form is inadequate story and characters may be simple and derivative writing may exhibit grave mechanical and stylistic errors assignment may be too sho o F below 65 Simply the work is unacceptable YOUR GRADE FOR THE COURSE WILL BE DETERMINED AS FOLLOWS Class Participation 10 Visual exercises 10 Personal Script 25 Character Generated Screenplay 25 Screenplay developed from theme 25 Group Project 5 STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act reasonable accommodation will be provided to students with documented disabilities on a case by case basis Students must register with the Office of Academic Support Services and provide appropriate documentation to the college before any academic adjustment will be provided To contact that office call 2741005 or contact Leslie Schettino Director of Support Services for Students With Disabilities at lschettinoithacaedu Students must also come to my office to inform me SCHOOL SAFTY You must respond to and report conditions and actions that may jeopardize your safety or that of other people andor equipment Report to the responsible College employee During class sessions that person would be your instructor or lab assistant Outside of class the person might be your instructor lab supervisor cocurricular manager equipment and facilities manager or one of the engineering support staff You must be aware that misuse of equipment or use of damaged equipment can create the risk of serious injury infectious contamination and expensive damage You may be liable for damage or injury resulting from such use Unsupervised use of facilities puts you at risk Failure to be alert to safety problems or to report them may have serious consequences for you or others ACADEMIC INTEGRITY A Academic honesty is a cornerstone of the mission of the College Unless it is otherwise stipulated students may submit for evaluation only that work that is their own and that is submitted originally for a specific course According to traditions of higher education forms of conduct that will be considered evidence of academic misconduct include but are not limited to the following conversations between students during an examination reviewing without authorization material during an examination eg personal notes another student39s exam unauthorized collaboration submission of a paper also submitted for credit in another course reference to written material related to the course brought into an examination room during a closedbook written examination and submission without proper acknowledgment of work that is based partially or entirely on the ideas or writings of others Only when a faculty member gives prior approval for such actions can they be acceptable B It is the responsibility of instructors to inform students clearly in writing specific rules procedures andor expectations pertinent to their particular course that differ from those identified in paragraph A of this section In those courses where limited consultation among students is permitted in the preparation of assignments it is extremely important for instructors to clarify the guidelines for appropriate conduct C In situations where a student may have difficulty in distinguishing between acceptable behavior and academic misconduct it is the responsibility of the student to confer with the instructor This is particularly important for avoiding plagiarism when written sources are used in the preparation of papers or take home examinations Because Ithaca College is an academic community ignorance of the accepted standards of academic honesty in no way affects the responsibility of students who violate standards of conduct in courses and other academic activities D All members of the academic community are expected to assist in maintaining the integrity of Ithaca College which includes reporting incidents of academic misconduct Such instances may be reported to a faculty member the dean of the school involved or the director ofjudicial affairs PLAGIARISM Whether intended or not plagiarism is a serious offense against academic honesty Under any circumstances it is deceitful to represent as one39s own work writing or ideas that belong to another person Students should be aware of how this offense is defined Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of someone else39s published or unpublished ideas whether this use consists of directly quoted material or paraphrased ideas Although various disciplines follow styles of documentation that differ in some details all forms of documentation make the following demands That each quotation or paraphrase be acknowledged with a footnote or intext citation That direct quotations be enclosed in quotation marks and be absolutely faithful to the wording of the ce That paraphrased ideas be stated in language entirely different from the language of the source That a sequence of ideas identical to that of a source be attributed to that source That sources of reprinted charts or graphs be cited in the text That all the sources the writer has drawn from in paraphrase or direct quotation or a combination of paraphrase and quotation be listed at the end of the paper under quotBibliographyquot quotReferencesquot or quotWorks Citedquot whichever heading the particular style of documentation requires A student is guilty of plagiarism if the student fails intentionally or not to follow any of these standard requirements of documentation In a collaborative project all students in a group may be held responsible for academic misconduct if they engage in plagiarism or are aware of plagiarism by others in their group and fail to report it Students who participate in a collaborative project in which plagiarism has occurred will not be held accountable if they were not knowledgeable of the plagiarism What then do students not have to document They need not cite their own ideas or references to their own experiences or information that falls in the category of uncontroversial common knowledge what a person reasonably wellinformed about a subject might be expected to know They should acknowledge anything else OTHER FORMS OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY Other violations of academic honesty include but are not limited to the following behaviors Handing in to a class a paper written by someone else Handing in as an original work for a class a paper one has already submitted to another course Handing in the same paper simultaneously to two courses without the full knowledge and explicit consent of all the faculty members involved Having someone else rewrite or clean up a rough draft and submitting those revisions ne39s own work These offenses violate the atmosphere of trust and mutual respect necessary the process of learning Note Students who would like help in learning how to paraphrase or document sources properly should feel free to come to the Writing Center in 228 Roy H Park Hall for assistance Ithaca College Attendance Policy httpwwwithaca 39 39 39 i Students at Ithaca College are expected to attend all classes and they are responsible for work missed during any absence from class At the beginning of each semester instructors must provide the students in their courses with written guidelines regarding possible grading penalties for failure to attend class Students should notify their instructors as soon as possible of any anticipated absences Written documentation that indicates the reason for being absent may be required These guidelines may vary from course to course but are subject to the following restrictions 1 In accordance with New York State law students who miss class due to their religious beliefs shall be excused from class or examinations on that day Such students must notify their course instructors at least one week before any anticipated absence so that proper arrangements may be made to make up any missed work or examination without penalty 2 Any student who missed class due to a verifiable family or individual health emergency or to a required appearance in a court of law shall be excused The student or a family memberlegal guardian may report the absence to the Office of Student Affairs and Campus Life which will notify the student s dean s office as well as residential life if the student lives on campus The dean s office will disseminate the information to the appropriate faculty Followup by the student with his or her professors is imperative Students may need to consider a leave of absence medical leave of absence selected course withdrawals etc if they have missed a significant portion of classwork 3 A student may be excused for participation in Collegeauthorized cocurricular and extracurricular activities such as athletic events ROTC musical and theatrical performances and professional conferences if in the instructor39s judgment this does not impair the specific student39s or the other students39 ability to succeed in the course The course instructor has the right to determine if the number of absences has been excessive in view of the nature of the class that was missed and the stated attendance policy Depending on the individual situation this can result in the student being removed from or failing the course APC Approval 42205 Faculty Council Approval 5305 ProvostVPAA Approval 51105 President Approval 51205
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