Lesson #1:  SCRIPTWRITING

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c) WRITING TEAM CHALLENGE

 

If going off by  yourself and writing is not your normal, then Scriptwriting might be perfect for you!   It's not normal writing, and it's better if you don't do it alone (as a beginner).   

    1.  THE CHALLENGE IS TO YOURSELF 

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You might already have the start of a team if you have a friend you enjoy doing things with.   Or is there  someone you have enjoyed working with (at work, school, church, in your building, or doing

a sport together)?  Ask them!

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YOUR SECRET 'TRAINING' TEAM

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If you don't have someone who wants to write a Script with you, but you do have a person who is willing to meet with you from time to time to help with ideas, consider that person your first (unofficial) team member!

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      IMPORTANT: You don't have to tell the

      person you consider him/her a team

      member! They might think you will want

      a lot more help than they are able to give. 

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Initially you are just looking for people to keep you company and challenge you with different ideas as you do sessions of the Lesson.

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Consider these people your secret 'training' team. They are helping you get comfortable asking others to join you in fun but challenging learning activities. 

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Having the opportunity to listen to ideas different than your own and hold discussions, will help you start to develop your own distinct voice (as you have to explain why you think as you do).  You will become clearer on the type of Story you want to tell.

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As your Story gets clearer, and you are able to share your ideas in a more coherent and engaging manner, it will become easier to get people to work with you. Especially if you are letting them know every meeting how much you value their input and time.

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If you complete your short Script and decide to turn it into a Film,  you  can  add to your  Team  through free

online forums where you can recruit other beginners who will volunteer to get experience on Film shoots.   

 

  WHAT WILL ATTRACT AN ENTHUSIASTIC CREW?            A GOOD SCRIPT & A GOOD LEADER!

       2.    RECRUIT DIFFERENT TYPES

      OF SUPPORTERS FOR YOUR TEAM!

  • Can be made up of family, friends, neighbors,  co-workers, etc. 

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  • Different ages are good, including retired people who have time and older teens who are learning about filmmaking in school 

 

  • Team members can become Co-Writers, but can also contribute to the writing by:​

      a.  verbally coming up with interesting                     situations or dialogue (you write it down) 

      b.  help develop the background of a

           Character (can also want to act 

           the Character)

      c.  imagining what the Set, Wardrobe, or

           Props will look like (and have items to

           loan)

      e.  has access to a Location you can   

           shape your Script around (and later

           shoot at if you do make a Film) 

      d.  has Camera and Film Set experience,

           and can help advise what is doable

           with low / no budget

       e. is someone who can inspire other people

           to smile and relax (important to having 

           good people dynamics on a team)

                     3.   WHY TEAMS? 

  • More fun for you (not being alone)! 

      The Story you develop will be richer, more          detailed.   Scriptwriting requires lots of

      brainstorming and problem solving.  Having        company helps with motivation and ideas,          even if others put in much less time than

      you.  

  • Having more than one person contribute to  the development of the Story prepares you for the reality that Scriptwriting becomes a team process when the Script is actually being turned into a film.   

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      Directors, Actors, Production Designers,

      and Producers will ask questions and make 

      suggestions that will lead to changes in the

      Script.   Learn early to be open to the

      contributions and feedback of others.

  • Even professional Scriptwriters as they write often ask people to do readings

       and give feedback.

  • It’s easier to learn how to think together as a Team during the writing phase then when you start gathering resources and making 

      a schedule to shoot the Film. 

 

“Teamwork is what makes the Dream work.”
- John Maxwell,  Author of Leadership Books

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you,

spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your

life forever.”
- Amy Poehler,  Comedian /Actress / Producer /Writer

"Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a Team work; a Company work; a Society work;

a Civilization work."
- Vince Lombardi, Football Coach

      4.   BECOMING A TEAM LEADER

               (OF YOUR OWN TEAM) 

Here’s your opportunity to learn how to pull people together and  develop as a Leader on a project you care about and control!   (It’s great if you have someone who wants to be a Co-Leader and help you pull together a Team.)

 

  ASSIGNMENT  (60 minutes)  

1.   Make a list of (5) qualities, skills, or attitudes you think are important to becoming a good Leader.

2.   Watch these Videos, and write down every Tip (7) and Quality (3) they list.    

   

(7) TIPS ON HOW TO BECOME A LEADER

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TOP (3) QUALITIES OF A LEADER

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(Note: These videos are just two discussions about Leadership to get you thinking.  There can be other ways to look at Leadership!)

3.   Compare your list of (5) things you think important to being a good Leader to the list of Tips and Qualities mentioned in the Videos.    Does anything appear on both lists?    Anything you disagree with from the Video discussion?

4.   Make a new list of the top (5) things you think most important to becoming a good Leader.    Just thinking about what goes into being a good Leader will help you grow as a Leader!

 

       “You don't make progress by standing on 

      the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. 

    You make progress by implementing ideas."      

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 - Shirley Chisholm,  1st Black Women Elected to US Congress