A free download (available from my website at sellfy.com/iandoublem) of a KeyNote and PowerPoint presentation that includes 80+ slides of information and guidance as to writing a screenplay.
You can download directly from here: https://sellfy.com/p/mgb4/
Designed to introduce both the coursework as a task and screenplay writing itself, this KeyNote includes details on:
What a screenplay/script is
The conventions of layout and presentation
How to write effective openings
How dialogue should be used
Generic conventions overall
The specific generic conventions of a teen film
Film clips with examples of teen films
Clips of films with poor/effective openings
Activities for planning and
Much, much more.
A few things to point out: I use a LOT of custom fonts and therefore these may not show on your downloaded version. I cannot include them as separate files to constraints on the license I purchased for these fonts. If they do not display accurately KeyNote/PowerPoint should substitute something else in, resulting in a somewhat messy layout! A PDF has been included for reference, as this will contain the correctly formatted and presented layout. As well as this, I created it in KeyNote and exported to PowerPoint, so again, some issues of layout/presentation may occur. Similarly, the video files may not have copied across in the conversion. The whole document was designed with my own students in mind, meaning that the document is geared towards a teen film and references films we have studied so will need editing to suit your plans. Finally, issues of copyright: the professional screenplays documents that are used as examples cannot be shared due to copyright reasons but can be easily be found online. Similarly, the 'top band' screenplay example I provide was written for Eduqas as an exemplar so I cannot share that on here, but you should be able to source a copy from them (or zoom in and make your own copy). However, the planning documents are hosted online with Eduqas and can be found as part of the Guide to Screenplay writing I created for them here: http://resources.eduqas.co.uk/Pages/ResourceSingle.aspx?rIid=1036