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.