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DC 101/201 - Introduction

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Transcript of DC 101/201 - Introduction

Intro to Screenwriting
What is a screenplay?
Blueprint for the film?
Outline for the movie?
Series of scenes that tell the story?
What sets a screenplay apart from other forms of storytelling is the VISUAL component.
SYD FIELD
A screenplay is a story told with PICTURES,
placed within the confines of DRAMATIC STRUCTURE.
Pictures = Visual Component
Our words are not useful in a screenplay unless they describe an image.
WRITE VISUALLY.
Dramatic Structure = The Form
Structure establishes the relationship between the parts and the whole.
Not just the words and images, but the rules by which they will interplay.

CHESS - Players, Pieces, Board, Rules
SCREENPLAY
Whole = story/screenplay
Parts = action, characters, dialogue, sequences, Acts (1-3), incidents, music, etc.
SCREENPLAY PARADIGM
ACT I
ACT II
ACT III
SETUP
(pg 1 - 30)
CONFRONTATION
pg 30 - 90
RESOLUTION
pg 90 - 120
PLOT POINT I
(pg 25-27)
PLOT POINT II
(pg 85-90)
BEGINNING
MIDDLE
END
ACT I
THE SETUP
25-30 pages to establish...
story
characters
dramatic premise
situation
relationships
rules of the world/ordinary world
HOOK THE AUDIENCE (10 minutes)
Plot point I - signals the end of Act I and into Act II (pg 25-30)
Event that turns the story on its head
ACT II
THE CONFRONTATION
Approx 60 pages (should be about twice as long as Act I)
conflict intensifies
main character (hero) encounters increasingly difficult obstacles
pursuit of their dramatic need
Screen Time:
ONE PAGE = ONE MINUTE
ALL DRAMA IS CONFLICT
No conflict? No story.
Plot Point II - creates the playing field for the climax
Climax - Culmination of all events
ACT III
THE RESOLUTION
From page 90 until end of screenplay
Not an ending but a solution
What is the solution of the problem posed in screenplay?
Heralded by the CLIMAX of the film
Returns us to a "changed world"
Life or death? Save the day? Get the girl? Find the treasure?
HOMEWORK:
Read:
- Syd Field Ch. 1-2
- Blake Snyder Ch. 1
- Start thinking of ideas
The Screenplay Paradigm is
FORM
NOT
FORMULA
It is the SKELETAL STRUCTURE of your STORY.
All screenplays follow this form. They all have a definitive BEGINNING, MIDDLE and END.
15 PAGE SHORT
ACT I = 4 PAGES
PPI - page 3-4
15 PAGE SHORT
Act II = 10 pages
PPII - Page 10-12
15 PAGE SHORT
Act III = 2-3 pages
Pages 13 - 15
As with the examples above. This does not necessarily mean a linear temporal journey, but always an emotional one.
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