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Screenplay!!!March 15th, 2011
Why screenplay?• A way to convey information to a lot of  people• Visual  – Visual learners
First -• An idea.  – Why is this idea well-suited to screen?  – Budget?  – Is it a fresh idea?  – Has it been done before?...
Storyboarding
Pitching• Get your idea out there!• Networking  – Parties  – Friends of friends• Always have a pitch on hand for your  idea.
Pitching•   Refine your idea to one sentence.•   What is the essence of the film?•   The clearer you are, the better.•   V...
Pitching• What is the title?  – If need be, use a working title• What is the theme?  – A broad sense of issues that are be...
Pitching• What is the catchiest thing about this  project?• Genre• Where does the story come from?• Why?  – Why now?  – Wh...
Elevator Pitch• Think of an elevator ride - you want to  be able to pitch to somebody in the  same time it would take to r...
Next - the treatment
Treatment• Telling the story of your screenplay -  take your script and write it like a short  story• TWO PAGES OR LESS - ...
Treatment• Here is an example of a treatment
Treatment• Written in simple present tense• Each paragraph is a scene• No dialogue   – If there is any dialogue, it should...
Beat Sheet• A beat sheet is another way of laying your story out• Can be done or after the screenplay - often done  after ...
Beat Sheet• More than one beat can happen in a  single setting or scene• No required length - is as long as it  needs to b...
Finally - the screenplay!
Screenplay• Here is an example of a screenplay.
Screenplay - basics• Scene - screenplay is made up of  scenes. A scene is a unit of drama.• A scene helps achieve coherenc...
Screenplay - basics•    Dramatic action is action in pursuit of a     goal    1.   The protagonist has an    2.   Objectiv...
The Screenplay• The main thing you need - FORMAT  – Screen is a genre where format holds a lot of    importance• Programs ...
Formatting - History• Screenplays were first typed on  typewriters - hence the Courier font• This is how the timing standa...
Screenplay• Now, a screenplay written by Steven.  For real! Kind of.• This will help answer formatting  questions in a cre...
The Screenplay• Screenplays are a bit of an odd genre to  write in• Very specific brand of writing  – Sparse/brief• Watch ...
“No-nos”• All rules can be broken, but here are some  loose ones to follow for screenwriting:  – Don’t write in camera ang...
“No-Nos.”•   Voice-overs•   Dream sequences•   Montages•   Flashbacks•   Narration
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    1. 1. Screenplay!!!March 15th, 2011
    2. 2. Why screenplay?• A way to convey information to a lot of people• Visual – Visual learners
    3. 3. First -• An idea. – Why is this idea well-suited to screen? – Budget? – Is it a fresh idea? – Has it been done before? – Can you make it unique? – Can you relinquish creative control?
    4. 4. Storyboarding
    5. 5. Pitching• Get your idea out there!• Networking – Parties – Friends of friends• Always have a pitch on hand for your idea.
    6. 6. Pitching• Refine your idea to one sentence.• What is the essence of the film?• The clearer you are, the better.• Verbal - short - 3 minutes maximum.
    7. 7. Pitching• What is the title? – If need be, use a working title• What is the theme? – A broad sense of issues that are being discussed• What is the story? – Do people want to know the ending? Is it interesting?• What is unique?• Why you?
    8. 8. Pitching• What is the catchiest thing about this project?• Genre• Where does the story come from?• Why? – Why now? – Why do you love it? – Why do you want to make it?
    9. 9. Elevator Pitch• Think of an elevator ride - you want to be able to pitch to somebody in the same time it would take to ride an elevator with them.
    10. 10. Next - the treatment
    11. 11. Treatment• Telling the story of your screenplay - take your script and write it like a short story• TWO PAGES OR LESS - brevity!• Write the treatment with action that advances your story
    12. 12. Treatment• Here is an example of a treatment
    13. 13. Treatment• Written in simple present tense• Each paragraph is a scene• No dialogue – If there is any dialogue, it should aid in conveying the tone• No camera directions• Capitalize the names of characters the first time they are introduced• Capitalize every sound• Indent (5 spaces) every new paragraph• Flush left
    14. 14. Beat Sheet• A beat sheet is another way of laying your story out• Can be done or after the screenplay - often done after the first draft of the screenplay• It is composed of beats, which are the smallest unit of screen story-telling• A beat is a moment in which something happens – Could be action or something dramatic (an explosion, a fight, etc.)• Beats are represented by a bullet point or a number
    15. 15. Beat Sheet• More than one beat can happen in a single setting or scene• No required length - is as long as it needs to be• Written clearly and simply as possible
    16. 16. Finally - the screenplay!
    17. 17. Screenplay• Here is an example of a screenplay.
    18. 18. Screenplay - basics• Scene - screenplay is made up of scenes. A scene is a unit of drama.• A scene helps achieve coherence. – Advance story/show conflict/develop character/create suspense, etc.
    19. 19. Screenplay - basics• Dramatic action is action in pursuit of a goal 1. The protagonist has an 2. Objective which is opposed by 3. The antagonist out of which arises 4. Dramatic conflict
    20. 20. The Screenplay• The main thing you need - FORMAT – Screen is a genre where format holds a lot of importance• Programs for formatting: – Final Draft – Celtx (Free! But misbehaves) – Word (for the brave)• Remember - about 1 minute per page of screenplay.
    21. 21. Formatting - History• Screenplays were first typed on typewriters - hence the Courier font• This is how the timing standard was set• And this is why it is still the same format to this day - to keep the timing.
    22. 22. Screenplay• Now, a screenplay written by Steven. For real! Kind of.• This will help answer formatting questions in a creative way.
    23. 23. The Screenplay• Screenplays are a bit of an odd genre to write in• Very specific brand of writing – Sparse/brief• Watch out for risk of offending – Actors – Directors
    24. 24. “No-nos”• All rules can be broken, but here are some loose ones to follow for screenwriting: – Don’t write in camera angles or directions – Don’t write in lighting cues – Don’t write in nuanced acting (specific facial expressions) – Be aware of budget – Be aware of special effects
    25. 25. “No-Nos.”• Voice-overs• Dream sequences• Montages• Flashbacks• Narration
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