Lesson #3: 

FORMING A WRITING TEAM 

 

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).   

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 less time than you.

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

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

  • Learn early to be open to the contributions and feedback of others, then you will be ready to hold creative discussions with Actors, and those who help your design your set and produce your short film.

  • Even professional Scriptwriters, as they write, often ask people to do readings and give feedback.

WHAT WILL ATTRACT AN ENTHUSIASTIC CREW?  A GOOD SCRIPT & A GOOD LEADER!  (More on how to become a good Leader below)

“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

"Teamwork: Simply stated, it is less me

and more we."       -  Anonymous

"None of us is as smart as all of us."

-- Ken Blanchard

 

RECRUIT DIFFERENT TYPES 

BE OPEN-MINDED AS TO WHO CAN HELP YOU BY BEING PART OF 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 dialogue or  situations (even if it's you who writes it down) 

b.  Helping 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)

d.  Has access to a Location you can shape your Script around (and later shoot at if you do make a Film) 

 

e.  Has camera and film set experience, and can help advise what is doable with low / no budget (Having experience helping to put on plays is also good.)

f.   Is someone who can inspire other people to smile and relax (important to having good   people dynamics on a team).

"How could you have a soccer team

if all were goalkeepers?

How would it be an orchestra

if all were French horns?" 

- Desmond Tutu

"In teamwork, silence isn't golden, it's deadly."

- Mark Sanborn

LEARNING TO REACH OUT

You might already have the start of a team if you have a friend you enjoy doing things with.  Or a family member (including a teen or grandparent) who you like to bounce ideas off.  Or is there  someone you have enjoyed working with or doing a sport together (at work, school, church, in your building)?  Ask them!  If you accept responsibility for leading, they might follow (and in time help to lead !).

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YOUR UNOFFICIAL '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 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 with 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 to others 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 time you meet 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 recruit new members to help on your crew -- other beginners who want to get experience -- through free online forums.  (More on this with the Lesson 'Make A Film" coming in April.)

“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

"Many ideas grow better when transplanted

into another mind than the one

where they sprang up."

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

"If you want to go fast, go alone.

If you want to go far, go together."

– African Proverb 

 BECOMING A LEADER

​"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

-  Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Here’s your opportunity to learn how to inspire people as you pull them together as a Team, and as you 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.)

 

  ASSIGNMENT  (60 minutes)  

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

2.   To get you thinking, write down every tip and quality listed in these videos (some of them may duplicate but it's good for you to hear them again):

 

WATCH VIDEO (7 min):

(7) TIPS ON HOW TO BECOME A LEADER

 

WATCH VIDEO (6 min)

TOP (3) QUALITIES OF A LEADER

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 any quality / tip appear on both your list and the list you made from the videos?    Anything you disagree with from the video discussions?

4.   Make a list of (3) things that will make it difficult for you to be a Leader.    Then make a list of (3) things that excite you about becoming a Leader. 

 

JUST THINKING ABOUT

WHAT GOES INTO BEING

A GOOD LEADER WILL HELP

YOU GROW AS A LEADER! 

"Teamwork: Simply stated,

it is less me and more we." 

- Anonymous

“You don't make progress

by standing on the sidelines,

whimpering and complaining. 

You make progress

by implementing ideas."     

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

 

“Great teams do not

hold back with one another.

They are unafraid to air

their dirty laundry.

They admit their mistakes,

their weaknesses and their concerns

without fear of reprisal.”

-- Patrick Lencioni

“You need to be aware

of what others are doing,

applaud their efforts,

acknowledge their successes 

and encourage them

in their pursuits.

When we all help one another,

everybody wins.”

-- Jim Stovall

If you can laugh together, you can work together” -- Robert Orben