Chance favors the prepared mind
When you plan a long-distance trip to a place you have never been before, do you just hop in the car and drive hoping for the best? Writing a story / screenplay is a long trip into unknown territory with hundreds of paths, roads, and possibilities. Planning and organization are key elements in any venture, and helpful when setting out on such an adventurous journey.
Whether you are doing it for fun, a career, or making your own productions, it never hurts to do it the way the Entertainment Industry does, so plan now to learn the right way and be successful.
Script or Screenplay?
All screenplays are scripts, but not all scripts are screenplays. A screenplay is always written to be played on a screen — film or television; a script may also apply to a stage play, a video game, a radio program, or computer program. Simple Answer: A Script is about the dialog; a screenplay has descriptions and action to set up the visuals for the dialog. You are writing a screenplay; therefore you are a screenwriter, a beginner anyway, not a scriptwriter.
Course SPF01: Introductory
Six 2 hour sessions.
- Introduce writers to the conventions and structure of feature film
- Understand the functions of each act in a feature film
- Develop writing skills using targeted creative assignments
You will learn:
- How to introduce and develop your protagonist and antagonist
- How to plan a story using an outline and notecards
- How to write memorable characters and surprising stories
- How to choose the proper setting for your script
- How to recognize and avoid weak and cliché plots
Session One: Why You Really Need an Outline and Why Act 1 Is the Most Important Act
- What the function of an outline is
- How an outline makes writing easier and better
- What elements should be in an outline
- The Surprise Factor
- Why Act 1 is the most important act
Session Two: The 3-Act Outline
- The detailed elements of the 3-Act Outline
- Using notecards to assist in the outline
- Introducing the protagonist and presenting the plot
Session Three: Introducing Characters in Act 1
- Understanding major, minor, and peripheral characters
- Introducing characters in active scenes
- Making memorable characters
- Character conflicts
Session Four: Introducing Conflict in Act 1
- Matching plot conflicts with character conflicts
- How plot conflicts dictate other plot elements
- Creating stakes and suspense
- Using misdirection to heighten impact
Session Five: Using Settings to Heighten Act 1
- Changing the setting changes the tone, pace, and suspense
- Choosing more interesting and appropriate settings
- Using settings as a misdirection in information-loaded scenes
Session Six: More Plot Choices than You Want
- Plot, Premise, Stakes, Twists, and Themes and Motifs
- The Best Question: What if?
- Identifying weak plots
- Identifying weak story points
- How to finesse standard plot conflicts into more original conflicts
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