December 10, 2002

Jelinek, Milena
Script Analysis

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

There really aren't enough bad things you can say about this class--it is easily the worst class in the film dept. and an embarassment to Columbia in general. You will learn absolutely nothing about writing scripts that you couldn't have learned from any cheesy "how to write a film in x days" book. It's made all the more disappointing by the fact that Jelinek is supposedly an actual screenwriter. However, she touches on nothing practical--the physical format of a script, directing your own script, how to know what ideas to pursue, how to sell a script, how to make a script marketable, etc. Instead, she rehashes three-act structure (again and again and again), and ends each film by asking who the protagonist and antagonist are. Even more unfortunately, the class takes roll, and the idiot film dept. TA's grade the papers.

Workload:

2 papers. Readings assigned weekly, but they are completely unnecessary. Don't even buy the books.