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NB Concept Development

Lecture 1

N Black

on 3 February 2016

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Transcript of NB Concept Development

Scriptwriting Process
The Script
“The script is the blueprint of the story told after the final edit of your film.”
Do not be discouraged by re-writes. The first script you write is not the final draft. It’s the ‘first’ draft
Step 1 of the Writing Process
Step 1 – Concept Development
What is the genre of your movie?
What is the story going to be about?
What are the themes you want to portray in your movie?
Theme - broad idea, message, or lesson conveyed by writer
Is there a social message? What is it?
Step 2 of the Writing Process
Step 2 – Character Development
The movie is about the character after all.
Create character outlines. Repeat the process for every character.
An exercise on who your characters are and what their roles are in the story.
Is this character the protagonist or the antagonist?
Male or female? Ethnicity? Creed? Nationality? Behavior? Concerned with his or her appearance?
Step 2 - Character Development Con't
Step 2 – Character Development (Con't)
Part A) Name your character
Part B) Psychology, Sociology, Physiology
Detail the personal history of your character.
Relate how this affects how the character thinks and feels.
Step 2 Character Development Con't
Detail the social groups your character subscribes to.
Relate this information to how the character behaves in public.
Detail information about the character’s appearance that is of some importance to the story.
Age, sex, weight, scars, tattoos, piercing, etc.
Part C) Miscellaneous
Casting – OPEN MIND
Think of who you’d like to play this character if you could chose any actor, at any age, with any changes to who they are.
(A young Robert Redford with the voice of Charlton Hesston).
Random Thoughts – Some random information about the character.
Think of obscure details that seem to be universal in our lives.
Favorite colors, favorite pets, current pets, childhood imaginary friends, first kiss, etc.
Step 2 Character Development Con't
Step 3 - The Outline
An outline of the events of the story.
Character Development & Goal

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Step 4 - The Treatment
Definition – “The bare bones of your story written as a narrative prose rather than in descriptions of individual scenes.”
Your film in short story format with minimal dialogue.
Keep all verbiage in the script and treatment present tense and active.
“Runs” not “Ran” and not “Running”
Step 5 The Screenplay (The Script)
This is your story told in visual form with detailed dialogue and through the character’s actions.
Feelings, thoughts and emotions should never, ever, ever be included in a script.
Show, don’t tell.
Use the correct formatting
Correct Script Formatting
Headings and Action
Scene Headings
1.5” from the left edge of the page.
Closing Notes
Less is more, especially in the short film.
One central character, one central location, one central theme usually makes the best short.
Always remember K.I.S.S.
Your Character Must Be LIKABLE!
We have to be invested in the character

Your Character Must Have a Goal.
A character’s goal is the driving force of your story.
There should be an obstacle preventing the character from reaching that goal.
This creates conflict and conflict creates drama.

Do not run over your time limit or you will be PENALIZED!
One page of script is one minute of screen time.

Man vs. Man
Man vs. Self
Man vs. Machine, Monster, Unknown
Man vs. Nature
Man vs. Society

1.5” from the left edge of the page.
In Standard Casing.
Character’s Name
3.7” from the left side of the page.
2.5” from the left edge of the page.
No longer than 60 spaces or wider than 3.5”.
Standard case letters.

Parenthetical or Actor’s Direction
3.1” from the left side of the page.
No longer than 50 spaces or 1.9 inches wide.
In all lower case except for proper names.
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