Developing an idea into a cohesive screenplay or documentary treatment is the essential first step in filmmaking. Building on the foundations of storytelling learned in the Fall term, students come with a draft for a short film or documentary, which they refine in weekly writing assignments. Through roundtable critiques and individual meetings with faculty, the essentials of character development, plot, subplot and narrative structure are covered. In the end, each student will have a polished screenplay, or documentary treatment ready for production.