Bootcamp 3: Creating Conflict

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Bootcamp 3: Creating Conflict

  1. 1. In Today’s Session... • Looking at creating conflict • Writing your script’s logline
  2. 2. Creating Conflict• Most movies, TV shows, plays, and comics are ultimately about the same thing: – The journey a protagonist goes on to get what he or she wants.• Whatever their goal, his or her journey is never easy, and your character will encounter many setbacks along the way.• Though they’re no fun for your protagonist, these obstacles are what make your story exciting to read.
  3. 3. Creating ConflictImagine a story about a guy named Gavin who wants to take Kim to the prom more than anything in the world. How boring (and short) would the story be if Gavin just went ahead and called Kim up, asked her to the prom, and got the answer he was hoping for?What if Gavin is the shy nerdy type and has a serious fear of talking to girls, and he has to convince Kim that she should go with him instead of Chet, her current date and the captain of the football team?This story has both external conflict and internal conflict.
  4. 4. External and Internal ConflictsThe external conflict is the one between aprotagonist and antagonist.•In the story who is protagonist and who is theantagonist?The internal conflicts are the fears andinsecurities that a protagonist has to overcomein order to get what he or she wants.•What fear does our protagonist have toovercome?
  5. 5. Creating Conflict• If you have completed your character questionnaires, you already know a good amount about the major players in your novel.• Now it is time to answer some deeper questions about your characters’ hopes and fears in order to create the conflicts that will make your script interesting.• Pg15-17 or Students Shared Area/Learning Resource Centre/Creative Writing/Script Frenzy/Session 3/Creating Conflict
  6. 6. Bonus Challenge• Now that you know the basic story of your script, we challenge you to write your logline.• Loglines need to be short and catchy and encompass the conflicts of your script.• Pg 17
  7. 7. Be Ready for Next Week...• We will looking at outlining your script.• You need to have all your character questionnaires and conflicts completed!

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