Lesson #1: SCRIPTWRITING
b) SCRIPTWRITING BASICS
IS DIVIDED INTO (6) SECTIONS
EACH WITH AN EXERCISE
FOR YOU TO COMPLETE
It's fine to glance over all the sections first. But you won't understand the lesson if you don't take time to do the exercises! Recommended: Do just one section / exercise per study session and really think about it. THIS IS NORMALLY A SEMESTER LONG CLASS!
Before you go on, did you do: a) FILMMAKING BASICS ?
1. WHAT KIND OF
STORYTELLER ARE YOU?
ASSIGNMENT (60 minutes)
Love telling stories about your family, or what you saw other people doing?
Analyze the storylines of films? (To point of annoying other people!)
Like to do puzzles or games that require 'cognitive skills'? (The core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, problem solve, and visually process)
Fancy yourself an amateur psychologist, keen on the little things that people say and do that give away their inner lives?
Watch every CSI show? (Crime Scene Investigation) Love studying physical environments and objects to piece together the stories they tell?
Love history and doing research?
1) Write down (5) things about yourself that might help you become a good Storyteller (including traits not listed above).
2) Read an article on good habits and then an article on weird(!) habits. Both can help you get flowing as a Writer (and use same tips to become better at studying!):
3) Write down (5) habits you already have, or can imagine starting, that could help you stick to studying and regular writing sessions.
2. LEARNING TO ENJOY 'PREWRITING'
Before you get started as a Writer, I want you to first get started as a 'writer' with a lower case 'w'. This is the note taker writer who jots down his/her (or the team's) ideas and thoughts, not meant to be shown to readers, but used to help further discussion. This is called 'Prewriting'.
'PREWRITING' ASSIGNMENT (1 hour)
1) Below are (3) different resources explaining what 'Prewriting' is (because it's important you get it and do it!). The resources cover the same information, but in different ways. One might inspire you more, so check them all out. You don't have to understand or use all the techniques. Using even one technique will get you going:
Watch Video: 'Prewriting Techniques'
2) Choose your own one word Topic* (Examples: Dog / Work / Dinner / Subway, etc)
(10 minute) Exercise: Pick one of the Prewriting Technique you learned about (i.e. brainstorming, clustering, listing, etc). Use it to come up with as many ideas as you can for a story about your Topic (that includes ideas about how to describe Characters and location).
(*This is an exercise! You can choose a
different topic when you start writing your script.)
FIND OTHER PEOPLE
TO BOUNCE IDEAS OFF!