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Transcript of Screenwriting
What is screenwriting?
Headings (slug lines)
1. Camera location (INT. or EXT.)
2. Scene location
3. Time (DAY or NIGHT)
2. Setting and character
1. The character cue, or name of the person speaking
2. The parenthetical (optional)
3. The speech
There are three parts of a screenplay:
1. Headings (slug lines)
2. Narrative description
One page = one minute
Industry-standard screenwriting software:
Where do you start?
One to three sentences that encapsulate your story.
"My film is a (genre/subgenre) called (title) about (hero) who seeks (goal) despite (obstacle)."
"A precocious private high school student whose life revolves around his school competes with its most famous and successful alumnus for the affection of a first grade teacher."
"Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought."
"A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO."
"Screenplays are structure, and that’s all they are. The quality of writing—which is crucial in almost every other form of literature—is not what makes a screenplay work. Structure isn’t anything else but telling the story, starting as late as possible, starting each scene as late as possible."
- William Goldman
Act one: The set up
Act two: Rising action leading to final crisis
Act three: Final crisis, climax and resolution
Act One: The set up
Introduction to the protagonist and their ordinary world
Goals and stakes
Needs vs. wants
Act Two: Rising action
Act Three: Climax
Twist or reversal
The Screenwriter's Bible - David Trottier
Save the Cat - Blake Snyder
Adventures in the Screen Trade - William Goldman