SCRIPTWRITING LESSON OVERVIEW
Your Final Class Assignment Will Be:
WRITE A (2-5) PAGE SCRIPT
(with friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, or strangers)
That can be shot in (1) day as a low/no budget film
There Are (5) Lesson Modules
It's Suggested You Follow The Given Order
(but if you're bored with one module - skip ahead!)
1) Filmmaking Basics (this page)
BE PREPARED TO BE SURPRISED!
Those of us working for wages (rather than a salary) usually don't talk about how to develop ourselves as thinkers, doers, creators, and confident risk-takers, working towards goals beyond what we know. (Though if you have children you push for their development !)
Guess what?! As a beginning Writer, you need to understand why people are (or aren't) thinkers, doers, creators, and risk-takers. This understanding will help you develop believable Characters your audience will respond to as human. Otherwise you'll end up with stick figure Characters that exist only to execute your plot twist!
DIFFERENT KIND OF TEACHING
I developed my approach and training materials specifically for adults like in my own blue collar family. I pull from my first career in counseling and community organizing to incorporate stuff that helps you in life, period, whatever you're up against (like pulling together other adult beginners not use to working as a self-guiding team).
Want to build your story around really interesting Characters? Don't skip exercises that ask: What do you think about being human? About fears and doubts and hopes. Your written answers about yourself will fuel lots of ideas as you develop the characters and scenario for your short script.
(One of the things you will be learning is film terminology.
So stop and look up words you don't know!)
IS DIVIDED INTO (4) SECTIONS
EACH WITH EXERCISES
FOR YOU TO COMPLETE
It's fine to glance over all the sections first. But you won't get maximum benefit from the lessons if you don't take time to do the exercises! Recommended: Do just one section / exercise per study session and really think about it.
SCRIPTWRITING IS NORMALLY A SEMESTER LONG CLASS!
MY FOCUS AS A TEACHER
My emphasis as a teacher is not the technical.
It's learning how to become a great Storyteller!
(before you even start writing)