May 08, 2021  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21
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MDIA 3201 - Screenwriting: the Adaptation

Professor leads students through the process of researching and pitching script ideas for screenplays based on pre-existing material such as short stories, plays, news articles, etc. Students then learn the proper business procedure required to obtain legal permission to adapt the work before writing, critiquing and rewriting a screenplay based on the work. This is a writing intensive course.

Requisites: (MDIA 2200 or 2201 or 2202 or FILM 3430) and completion of Tier I English
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 1JE
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will compare and contrast previous adapted work to judge the success or failure of the adaptation. Students will articulate the reasons for the success or failure.
  • Students will critique the work of others, citing professional reasons for the success or failure of their work.
  • Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the legal and business practices required to adapt someone else’s work.
  • Students will employ professional techniques to transform the story and characters from one medium to another.
  • Students will rewrite their work based on peer and professional review.

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