The goal for this course is to write the first draft of a screenplay that’s both compelling and representative of your unique voice. To achieve this goal we’ll focus on accomplishing the following mini-goals:
--Selecting a story that has a clearly defined protagonist with the potential to undergo profound internal change.
--Selecting a story that has the potential for conflict.
--Selecting a story that has the potential for a cathartic ending.
--Selecting a story that has the potential to create audience engagement.
--Refining and developing the protagonist for this story: Character Identification, Character Reveals, Character Sympathy, Character Empathy, Character Secrets, Character Growth, Want/Need, Hope/Fear, Doubt, Debate, Decision, Behavior vs Backstory.
--Writing a short treatment for this story.
--Creating the essential elements of this story, including but not limited to: the protagonist’s Status Quo, Want/Need, Debate, Lock-In, Main Tension, New World, Exploration, Obstacles/Conflict, Midpoint Triumph/Reversal, False Resolution, Real Resolution, New Hope, Catharsis, and the protagonist’s new Status Quo.
--Writing the outline for this story using specific storytelling techniques, including but not limited to: Sequences, Inside Information, Suspense, Mystery, Surprise, and Reversals.
--Learning to give proper macro and micro notes on treatments and outlines, notes that keep the writer’s original concept intact.
--Writing the screenplay from the outline.
--Learning to give proper micro notes on a screenplay, notes that keep the writer’s original concept intact.
The objective for this course is to complete the first draft of a screenplay, following the steps listed under Course Goals.
教师介绍：彼得·甘布尔·罗宾逊，南加大编剧系副教授，自2008年起在南加大编剧系执教。他以《尘雾家园》代笔编剧的身份出道。之后在A级编剧艾德·所罗门的编剧团队内工作达12年，参与开发的剧本包括《惊天魔盗团》和《惊天魔盗团2》。他的剧本《The Harrowing》获得Scriptapalooza剧本奖和CAPE新作家奖，并进入Nichol剧本评选的半决赛。他是《办公室僵尸起义》的联合编剧，最近为ReelFX完成了《Wish Police》和《The Mischievians》两部剧本的开发。2010年，彼得获南加大优秀导师奖Melon Award。 彼得毕业于南加利福尼亚大学，持有编剧专业学士学位（优秀毕业生）和导演专业研究生学位。同时，彼得自2010年起开始教授职业编剧大师班，覆盖内容包括对白写作、编剧商业等。