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Revision vs. Editing Part I: How to Handle All That Feedback

COMM 333 Screenwriting
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Prof Johnson

on 27 November 2017

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Transcript of Revision vs. Editing Part I: How to Handle All That Feedback

Today's Objectives
Workshop Feedback

What a Theme Is & Is Not

Revision vs. Editing

How to Handle All That Feedback
What's a Theme?
A theme is a central idea that recurs in or pervades a story.
Topic: Collaboration
Research Question: "Despite their differences, can a group of individuals work together to overcome an oppressive force and establish positive change?"
Revising vs. Editing
What does it mean to "revise"?
Workshop Feedback
Revision vs. Editing Part I:
How to Handle All That Feedback

Storyline & plot development
character development
authenticity
internal & external motivations
speech
relationships
pacing & action variety
tight scenes & surprises (birds, bats, and wolves -- oh my!)
opposition
Setting
Cities & Small Towns
South Korea
Local Bar
Woods (fake and real)
Post-Apocalyptic
Virtual
delivery
fun
sensitive, yet honest

Topic: Truth
Research Question: "Are there times when 'white lies' can benefit society and/or personal relationships?"
Topic: Revenge
Research Question: "Can revenge help someone acquire and sustain inner peace after losing everything?"
Reiteration
A theme is NOT...
Objective
The main action of your story / plot details
"What" your hero wants
An obvious statement or cliche such as "love is blind"
A single word like "love" -- "love" is a subject (aka topic)
Topic: Success
Research Question:
____
___________
Your Turn!
On a piece of paper, please jot down the "subject" of your Original Screenplay. Next, jot down your "research question" and then turn it into a statement.

Volunteers, please write your work on the board.

EXAMPLE
Subject
= Revenge
Research Question
= Can revenge help a man acquire and sustain inner peace after losing everyone he has loved?
Statement
= There are times when revenge helps someone acquire and sustain inner peace after losing everyone he has loved.
What does it mean to "edit"?
Which should come first?
how to handle all that feedback (ack!)
Please hand in your 300+ word response (Ch. 7). Thanks!
Do you have a revision process?

What advice can you give others in class, and/or what did you write about in your response to today's reading?
element
common concerns & ideas
Main Character
Development
Three people said that they didn't believe my character would xyz
Two people noted that my main character xyz
Five people thought I should spend more time doing xyz with my main character
Dialogue
Almost everyone said that I put too much exposition into the dialogue
Five people said that I should work on (v.o.)
ETC.
Please spend the rest of class time going through your workshop feedback and/or REVISING your work.

On Wednesday, we will discuss "editing."

Remember: the feedback you received is subjective. Use what you want and ignore the rest!
subjects
Friendship
Truth
Coming of Age
Revenge
Community
Self Reliance
Race
Nature/Nurture
reiteration...
A theme IS...
Abstract
Primal / Universal
The writer's argument and message to the audience
Ex. If you want to teach children that "friendship" (subject) is important, pair together a clown fish and an absent minded blue tang and SHOW them that you can overcome fears and insecurities with the help of others (theme).
(not themes!)
Love
Hate
Death
Disability
Religion
Family
War
Themes EMERGE from a chosen subject/topic. What about love? What about truth?
How do I develop
a theme?
(1) Choose a topic

(2) Create a research question

(3) Turn the question into a statement
Turn the Question into a Statement
"Despite their differences, can a group of individuals work together to overcome an oppressive force and establish positive change?"

Despite their differences, groups of people who work together can overcome oppression to establish positive change.
THEME
Turn the Question into a Statement
Research Question: "Are there times when 'white lies' can benefit society and/or personal relationships?"

There are times when "white lies" benefit society and personal relationships.
Theme
Turn the Question into a Statement
Research Question: "Can revenge help someone acquire and sustain inner peace after losing everything?"

There are times when revenge helps someone acquire and sustain inner peace after losing everything.
theme
theme
As you revise your screenplay, keep your "theme" in mind.

And speaking of "revising" your work...
D4Darious
what's your theme?
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