Basics Of Screenwriting

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Basics Of Screenwriting

  1. 1. Basics of Screenwriting Dan Hansen http://chicagoscreenwriting.com
  2. 2. What goes into a script? <ul><li>Concept </li></ul><ul><li>Characters </li></ul><ul><li>Plot </li></ul><ul><li>Structure </li></ul>
  3. 3. Concept <ul><li>What is your movie about? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you want to say? </li></ul><ul><li>Who’s going to pay to see it? </li></ul><ul><li>How much will it cost? </li></ul><ul><li>Why film it? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Characters <ul><li>Who is your movie about? </li></ul><ul><li>Protagonist </li></ul><ul><li>Antagonist </li></ul>
  5. 5. Plot <ul><li>What drives your story? </li></ul><ul><li>What happens to your character? </li></ul><ul><li>Drama equals conflict </li></ul>
  6. 6. Structure <ul><li>Three Acts (Aristotle) </li></ul><ul><li>Act I (1-30) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce world and characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plot point 1 – without this scene there is no movie </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Act II (31-90) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What happens to the character to make him/her change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plot point 2 – another event necessary to move characters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Act III (91-120) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Climax (Big a Battle) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Q & A Any questions?

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