COM 322 ASSIGNMENTS

Use this virtual portal to review and submit assignments for COM 322 - Intermediate Writing for Media

Film Reels

WRITE: Final Screenplay

Write a 50 page (minimum) Screenplay about any topic using CELTX. Keep in mind, a standard feature length script is between 80 - 100 pages. 

 

Your script MUST include the following:

  • A properly formatted Title Page

  • Be free of grammatical errors

  • Be creative and well organized

  • Come to a conclusive end (no "to be continues...")

  • Approximately 60 / 40 action to dialogue ratio

Upload a PDF before midnight on December 16th, 2020

Typing

WRITE: Final Screenplay Treatment

As you continue to develop out your Final Screenplay idea, the next step is to create a "Treatment" to help shape your story. Generally speaking, a Treatment is about 10% - 15% the length of a final screenplay and is broken up into scene summaries.

Create a Treatment for your Final Screenplay and click the UPLOAD PDF button below to submit.

 

Submit Treatment before class on Wednesday, November 18th

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QUIZ: Adaptation (2002)

After watching the 2002 film, Adaptation, click the TAKE QUIZ button below to answer a few short questions about the film.

 

Submit Quiz before class on Monday, November 16th

The Wall of Ideas

BRAINSTORM: Character Profile

When creating a character, it is important to know every aspect of the person you are writing - even if many of the details don't make the final script. 

 

To help you with this process, click the CREATE PROFILE button below to outline all the specifics of a character.

 

Submit Form before NOON on November 9th, 2020

Forest Trees

DRAW: A Tree...

On a blank piece of paper, draw a tree. . .

When you are done, take a picture of your tree and send as an attachment to Samuel.avery@cortland.edu with the subject line: TREE

There are no "right" or "wrong" trees.

Send a pic of your tree before NOON on November 4th, 2020

College Friends

WRITE: Cast Design

While it's very important to develop out your protagonist, it's also very important to spend time creating your entire cast of characters. A good cast of characters will help support your story and make it the best it can be.

To help you with this process, click the DESIGN CAST button below to begin creating the various character that will populate your screenplay.

Submit your Cast Design before NOON on November 4th, 2020

Typewriter Keys

BRAINSTORM: Final Screenplay

Click the BRAINSTORM button below to begin mapping out your Final Screenplay for COM 322. This form will force you to think about the structure of your screenplay from beginning to end. 

Please know that you are not tied to this idea as this Brainstorming form is only meant to get the creative juices flowing.

Submit Brainstorm before NOON on November 2nd, 2020

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REVIEW: Short Screenplay Reviews

Each of you will be assigned THREE short screenplays, written by your peers, to read and review. Once submitted, your comments will be shared with the author of the screenplay. 

With that said, please remember to Be Honest, Be Constructive and Be Kind with your thoughts and comments.

Click the SUBMIT REVIEW button below to begin the process.

Submit All Reviews before NOON on October 22nd, 2020

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WRITE: Short Screenplay

Write a 5 - 7 page  (aka 5 - 7 minute) Short Screenplay about any topic using CELTX. 

 

Your script MUST include the following:

  • A properly formatted Title Page

  • All 5 basic script elements (see notes)

  • A minimum of five (5) DIALOGUE elements

  • A minimum of two (2) CHARACTERS included

  • A minimum of three (3) PARENTHETICAL elements

  • Approximately 60 / 40 action to dialogue ratio

Upload a PDF before class on October 19th, 2020

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WRITE: The Barbershop...

Using the prompt, "A person walks into a barbershop...", write short screenplay introduction that includes Scene Headings, Action, Character Names, Dialogue and Parentheticals using Celtx. Feel free to take the script / story in ANY direction you want.

When you're done, export your script as a PDF and UPLOAD both your Script PDF as well as your Celtx project file using the upload button below.

Submit Form before class on October 14th, 2020

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WRITE: Screenplay Brainstorm

When first starting a new script, formulate your idea can be the biggest challenge. Where to start? Where to go? How to finish? While these are important questions, they are too much to answer at this stage... Instead, let's slow down and work out the details of your story.

To do so, click the SUBMIT IDEA button below to brainstorm ideas and create a screenplay coverpage to build from.

Submit Form before class on October 12th, 2020 

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WRITE: The Burglar Story

You are alone, asleep in your bedroom, late at night. You wake up. There’s a sound at the window. Someone’s breaking in. Your heart is racing. The intruder is inches away from achieving his goal. You remember you have a gun, but you’ve hidden it because of the children. You can’t remember where you hid the gun and then...

After reading the prompt above, click SUBMIT NOT to complete the story using Watt's 8-Point Story Arc.

Submit Form before class on September 28, 2020

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WRITE: Film and the 8-Points

Pick a favorite film or episode that you know well and identify the 8 points of Watt's 8-Point Arc within the narrative of the story.

 

To begin, click the SUBMIT NOW button below and describe the various points of the film/episode as prompted.

 

Submit Form before class on September 25, 2020

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WRITE: Two Minute Radio Spot

Create a two (2) minute (aka 30 - 40 cues) Radio Spot advertising your OBJECT. Use CELTX to write script.

 

Your script MUST include the following:

  • At least 30 - 40 cues in total

  • A minimum of four (4) SOUND cues

  • A minimum of two (2) MUSIC cues

  • A minimum of six (6) DIALOGUE cues

  • A minimum of five (5) PARENTHETICAL elements

  • A minimum of two (2) CHARACTERS

Upload a PDF before class on September 21, 2020