Thriller screenplay sheet

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Thriller screenplay sheet

  1. 1. Thriller ScreenplayIn January you will plan and shoot a 5 minute film. All theresearch, planning and pre-production items will be assessedso remember to put everything you create in your folder atthe end of each lesson. Before that can happen you musthave a screenplay.Over Christmas half term you will write the first draft of yourscreenplay ready for marking and feedback when we return inJanuary. In order to obtain a distinction grade try toincorporate as many of the following elements as possible.5 pages in length – Remember 1 page of script is 1 minute of screen time.Layout – Use the industry standard format. All guidelines are in your induction pack.Interesting use of narrative – Try to manipulate your audience and the information they are giventhrough the use of narrative devices such as non linear structures, flashbacks, shifting points of view,parallel narratives etc. Use the PowerPoint’s on the blog as a reminder.Clever use of genre – Genres are formulas that are repeated which creates expectation. Can youbuild up expectations and then surprise your audience with something unexected? Try to avoid thesame old formulas. Audiences enjoy of combination of the familiar withthe unexpected. Whenwriting think what is the most likely to happen and what is the most unexpected. Use a combinationof the two to keep the audience interested.Enigmas – As this is a short film you do not have to wrap everything up. In order to make the filmmore engaging try to use lots of enigmas throughout. Most short films are open ended.Tell part of a story - Do not try to squeeze in a beginning, middle and end in your screenplay. Focuson part of a bigger story and tell that in detail.Character – Remember to give your character a clear dramatic need. A strong dramatic need is whatmakes events happen.Opposites – In order to create conflict (and therefore drama) make all characters opposites fromeach other. Whether they are friends or enemies, there will always be conflict when they interactwhich will make for a much more interesting film!Make it filmable! Remember you will be filming these screenplays so keep in mind what kind oflocations you have access to and the logistics of your story. Stick to two or three locations maximumand keep the cast small. A simple idea done perfectly will get better marks than an over ambitiousfailure. You will only get marks for what is submitted. Not what you would have done if you hadmore time. Before you write anything think about: Weather Permission Actors Props/Costumes Budget Health and safety!

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