How do you select the appropriate medium for your idea? Is it best realized as a short or feature-length screenplay, a series for the web or television, or a documentary? Where does your project fit in the marketplace? Is your concept sufficiently compelling to attract a producer and financing? This unit will explore the dynamics of developing and positioning a project, pitching it to producers and studios, and writing a treatment. The creative and legal aspects of adapting a book will also be discussed. Additionally, students will learn how to develop aids that can communicate their vision to collaborators, studios, and financiers.
In the second week, we will focus on incubating and developing the project to be realized in the third term. Students will write a treatment and revise it. The projects will be workshopped and discussed from creative and practical perspectives. Students will have an opportunity to change their project concepts before the third term but this week will serve as an embryonic phase of development that will help them to test the strengths and weaknesses of their initial ideas. Regardless of whether a student subsequently elects to change their concept, the process will be instructive as to what criteria should be applied in order to fully appraise a project in terms of its creative and practical viability.