Courses Taught:

Storytelling & Screenwriting

SSW 510 Story Structure for Stage and Screen

Examines the structural components of plays and film scripts. Character development studied in relation to structure. Scenarios, treatments and a substantial amount of creative work realized as the student works toward development of a full-length piece.

“I look forward to enrolling in any future classes you may be teaching. Thanks so much, Sincerely, J. L.” (Student Email, Summer 2008)

SSW 512 Writing the Short Film

Examination of the special circumstances of the short film (less than 45 minutes running time). Students learn the narrative conventions of this format and write three film (5 minute, 10 minute, and 30 minute) scripts through multiple drafts. The best student scripts are forwarded to the producing classes for production consideration.

“My most significant learning experience in this course was learning how to write a script. I had no knowledge before this class.” (Student, Course Evaluations, Fall 2009)

“Needed everything taught in this course." (Student, Course Evaluations, Fall 2009)

"Learning to give and receive feedback and pitching a short film." (Student, Course Evaluations, Fall 2009)

"My most significant learning experience in this course is learning what I need to hone in my approach to writing, particularly in deciding what feedback to keep and what to dismiss.” (Student, Course Evaluations, Fall 2009)

“I really learned how to better craft short-screenplays! It's amazing how much I've developed as a screenwriter.” (Student, Course Evaluations, Fall 2009)

SSW 685 Seminar: Narrative Adaptation

What do Sin City, Casablanca, Uncle Vanya, and The Pelican Brief all have in common? Whether comic books, novels, plays, or vintage films of yesteryear, the Hollywood “money machine” has always been keenly interested in the acquisition, use and packaging of pre-sold products adapted for film. This course explores the ways prose fiction, stageplays, and screenplays are written. Through a variety of screenings, course exercises, and deep reading, it further examines what constitutes an adaptable prose fiction piece and, further, how that piece can be transformed into teleplay, stageplay, or screenplay format. The course revolves around the creation of a Treatment, Step Outline and Key Scenes to match a full length teleplay, stageplay, or screenplay – ending with a discussion of copyright, securing the option agreement, and a general overview of the business of film adaptation.

“I feel I have a lot to learn from you—and I thought it a bold move to let us read an earlier piece of yours for this course.... I’m definitely enjoying this course already and I like the choices you’ve made regarding the movies, stories and texts. Blessings, D.C.!” (Student Email, Summer 2008)

“Great course. Everything was on point!” (Student, Course Evaluations, Summer 2010)

“Excellent course. Committed, dedicated instructor -- encouraging and patient.” (Student, Course Evaluations, Summer 2010)

“Kevin Crawford was concise, knowledgeable, demanding, and passionate about his course work and my work (and the other students' work).” (Student, Course Evaluations, Summer 2010)

SSW 685 Seminar: Advanced Screenwriting

Examines a variety of advanced tips, tools, and commercial techniques for fine-tuning the screenplay. Course emphasis is upon moving scripts from the planning stage to polished draft with strong attention to the re-writing process.

"Thank you for the best class I've had a Regent to date!" (Student Email, Summer 2009)

SSW Seminar & Topics Courses

SSW 614 Topics in Screenwriting: Beating the Hollywood Reader

COMM 330 The Short Script

THEA 330 The Short Script

SSW 685 Seminar: Genre Writing

SSW 685 Seminar: Writing the Suspense Thriller

SSW 685 Seminar: Writing the Action Adventure Film

SSW 685 Seminar: Writing the Science-Fiction Film

Communication & the Arts

COMU 100 The Christian Role in the Arts Today

A critical study, through lectures, readings, viewings and discussion, of the ways in which Christian principles can be applied to the arts. Course also gives students an introduction to the methodologies and language of the arts.

“Professor Crawford did as excellent job with this course. I thoroughly enjoyed being his student.” (Student Course Evaluation 2007)

“...thank you for the time and effort you have given to our class this past sixteen weeks. Your love for the arts is evident ... You have a great gift of listening to people and their views and responding with wisdom and gentleness, while never compromising or apologizing for the truth. I am very impressed, and want you to know how thankful I truly am.” (Student Email 2008)

“Thank you very much for a great semester. I learned a great deal from you and hope I may find you in front of a class I take in the future!” (Student Email 2008)

“I really learned a lot from the discussions in class ...” (Student Course Evaluation 2008)

“I enjoyed it all, it was a very effective course. Professor Crawford made the course very interesting.” (Student Course Evaluation 2008)

"This class has been the best one of my first semester at Regent. Thank you so much for the effort and time you put into our class. I loved the reading material and the class discussions. You were a great professor. Hope to have you again in the future!" (Student Email 2009)

“I enjoyed the many lectures which helped me in my learning process." (Student, Course Evaluations, Summer 2010)

"I enjoyed developing my life path mission statement. It makes you really pinpoint what you should be doing in life.” (Student, Course Evaluations, Summer 2010)

“My most significant learning experience in this course is knowing that God can appeal to humans in different art forms.” (Student, Course Evaluations, Summer 2010)

Animation Studies

ANIM 344 History of Animation I: 1906 - 1950

ANIM 345 History of Animation II: 1950 - Present

ANIM 210 Writing for Animation

Writing for Animation is a three (3) credit semester length course in which we study the unique opportunities and challenges found in writing for animation in a variety of formats: the short subject, half-hour program, game platform and feature length development, with an emphasis on integrating visual elements such as sketches and storyboards into the writing process from the very beginning in order to maximize creative discovery.

“My most significant learning experience in this course was the script/story writing, and the combination of the two. Also workflow.” (Student, Course Evaluations, Spring 2010)

“This was a very engrossing and exciting experience and I was glad to have learned how to create an effectively organized set of animation story ideas.” (Student, Course Evaluations, Spring 2010)

“My most significant learning experience in this course was the creation of a deep story and animation bible.” (Student, Course Evaluations, Spring 2010)

“I really liked the professional scripts that were made available for us to read on Blackboard. Please have more available for future courses. They were VERY helpful.” (Student, Course Evaluations, Spring 2010)

“One element of this course that I think was most essential is the production of storyboards and the animatic. This is a very important aspect of animation and I am glad we got to work on it in class.” (Student, Course Evaluations, Spring 2010)

CTV and Critical Studies

CTVU 495 Internship

COMM 497 Internship

THEU 495 Internship

CTVU 210 Storytelling and Screenwriting

Study of the way meaning is structured and perceived in the screen image of both film and video; introduction to basic narrative and screenwriting techniques. Includes viewing and analysis of narrative examples. Class includes three lecture hours and one twohour film screening each week.

“I loved the course, and thoroughly enjoyed/benefited from Professor Crawford’s teaching style.” (Student Course Evaluation 2007)

“I really enjoyed Professor Crawford’s lectures and power points.” (Student Course Evaluation 2008)

“I enjoyed the way the class was mapped out. I would not change anything ...” (Student Course Evaluation 2008)

“I thought this was a very effective course.” (Student Course Evaluation 2008)

“... thank YOU sooo much for this Screenwriting class! It was my favorite class
and the expertise and care you brought to it made it the highlight of my semester. I look forward to having you as my professor again in as many classes as I can.”
(Student Email 2008)

"I have enjoyed this class more than any other I have ever taken. I only wish I had taken it 20 years ago." (Student Email 2009) 

"Thank you so much for teaching this course! I learned a lot and now feel sharpened in the world of professional creative writing. Not only that, I know how to think vertically and horizontally in a way I've never been able to before. So, thank you for teaching us and keep it up!" (Student Course Evaluation 2009)

“By performing each stage of screenwriting, I have a significant understanding of how to develop story ideas and write a script to sell commercially.” (Student, Course Evaluations, Summer 2010)

“This has been one of the most needed and exciting classes I have ever had the pleasure to complete.” (Student, Course Evaluations, Summer 2010)

Other CTV Seminar Courses

CTV 685 Seminar: Alfred Hitchcock (critical studies)

CTV 685 Seminar: John Woo (critical studies)

General Ed Syllabi (Other)

PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy

An introduction to philosophy as developed in the European tradition, with attention given to significant philosophical insights borne out of different cultural legacies. Consideration of seminal philosophical questions in epistemology, metaphysics, and axiology. Both historical and thematic approaches will be utilized, with emphasis on students' personal philosophical development.

Qualifications to teach PHIL 101:

• Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the field with a total of more than 60 discipline specific hours in philosophy, Christian apologetics, ethics, and the philosophy of religion
• Development and redesign of this course curriculum for on campus deployment
• 25+ years of teaching experience (including classroom and online learning)
• Extensive work in the field of analytics, postmodernity, and Deleuze-Guattari Studies

“I love this class and the teacher was great!” (Student Evaluation, Spring 2008)

PHIL 102 Logic and Critical Thinking

An examination of the relationship of communication to critical thinking with an emphasis on valid reasoning and the obstacles to its mastery. Emphasis on students' development of skills in logical processes and argumentation as well as applying these skills to the practical problems of everyday life.

Qualifications to teach PHIL 102:

• Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the field with a total of more than 60 discipline specific hours in philosophy, Christian apologetics, ethics, and the philosophy of religion
• Development and redesign of this course curriculum for on campus deployment
• 25+ years of teaching experience (including classroom and online learning)
• Extensive work in the field of analytics, postmodernity, and Deleuze-Guattari Studies

“Thanks so much for all that you do for our students in the undergraduate program....Your influence and contribution is far-reaching and has eternal value.” (Dr. Ru Wideman, Ed.D., Department Chair for General Education, Regent University, Summer 2008)