SW:All Media Schedule Spring 2018

Schedule may change – please check back often

Week 1 Tues Jan 30
Introductions, Syllabus, Students
Kinds of writing/Tones of writing

At Land by Maya Deren
At Land script sent by email, for next time think how it relates to the film you saw

Assignment 1: self portrait 250 words
Assignment 2
: write every day for 10 days on beans or electrons – make a contract with yourself

  • everyday for X minutes
  • best time/best place/ best equipment
  • new everyday

Reading: Start Playing Her Story

Week 2 Tues Feb 6
Experimental work, poetics, épater la bourgeoisie

Discuss At Land
Blast Theory
You the City by Fiona Templeton

Generating Ideas – germs of ideas, developing ideas, acting out ideas, planning, background writing, snippets
Writing Exercises – idea dating, brainstorm

DUE: Assignment 1
Assignment 3: script concept
READING: The Cut-Up Method of Brion Gysin by William S. Burroughs

Week 3 Tues Feb 13
DUE: Assignment 2
Random readings from Assignment 2 (groups)

Continue Composition Exercise Two

While you wait:

Discuss Her Story – interactive narrative, tone, unreliable narrator (?)
Conscious and unconscious

Discuss  Criticism/Critiquing
Group Discussions – initial script concepts
Writing Exercise – Pick a character (from your project) and create an Unreliable Narrator

DUE: Assignment 2
Assignment 3: script concept continue

Roland Barthes, S/Z I will provide extract, + FYI Project Gutenberg Sarrasine pdf

Week 4 Tues Feb 20

DUE: Assignment 3
Present Script Concepts – peer groups

Discussion of Barthes/Creation of Meaning – reference, connotation,signifying strings
Ad Analysis using Barthes’ concepts

Her Story?

Read: A Preliminary Poetics for Interactive Drama and Games, Michael Mateas
Brecht’s ‘Epic Theater’ and ‘Verfremdungseffekt’
View: Introduction to Brechtian Theater

Additional Reading:

Rethinking Agency and Immersion: videogames as a means of consciousness-raising, Gonzalo Frasca

DUE: Assignment 3
Assignment 4: treatment or plan

Week 5 Tues Feb 27

What is structure?

  • Useful structures given your own project.
  • Useful organization strategies.

Artistotelian and Brechtian notions
Writing Exercise – TBA

Week 6 Tues March 6

DUE: Assignment 4: treatment
WATCH: Sita Sings the Blues

Structural Analysis of Sita
meaning generated by structure
meaning generated by semantic reference/connotation

Peer Group presentation of Treatments

DUE: Assignment 4: treatment
Assignment 5
: First Draft

Week 7: Tues Mar 13

Not I – Samuel Becket

WATCH: Philomena
Discuss Philomena –
Andrew Stanton: Ted Talk “The clues to a great story”
Shekhar Kapur: Ted Talk “We are the stories we tell ourselves”

View: Shape of StoriesKurt Vonnegut
Read: Syd Fields The Paradigm Worksheet
Optional: Under Story Structures Heading View the McKee videos and/or Interactive Story Structures by Ira Nayman



Week 8 Tues Mar 27
Discussion of Dialog, sub text
Inspirational Material

Week 9 Tues April 3
Inspirational Material

Week 10 Tues  Apr 10
DUE: Assignment 5: First Draft
Read/Present First Draft – peer groups

Discussion of Editing
Investment, Fictionalizing and What’s the Point?

Week 11 Tues Apr 17
Inspirational Material

Week 12 Tues April 24
Script “Readings”/Critiques

Week 13 Tues May 1
Script “Readings”/Critiques

Week 14 Tues May 8
Script “Readings”/Critiques