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Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect

Part 2 Five (Not So) Easy Screenplays (p61-126)

  • The Discovery
  • The Decision
  • The Boxing Match
  • The Improbable connection
  • The Long Short Screenplay

The Long Short Screenplay – write a ten page screenplay (p112-113)

  1. Choose an idea somehow important to you
  2. Simple story, complex character
  3. Story must change the character somehow
  4. Clear surface action with deep character arc
  5. Make sure the action is specific moments of change
  6. Explore, develop and weave together conflict and connection
  7. Make sure its unique and universal (Screenplay Paradox)
  8. Enjoy the process
  9. Do not exceed ten pages
  10. Write the film you want to see



Writing For Animation, Comics & Games

The Script Format: 5 basic elements

  1. Sluglines/Scene Headings
  2. Action Description
  3. Dialogue
  4. Parentheticals
  5. Transitions

The Basic Layout

  • Spacing : Double spaced for everything except the dialogue and action description
  • Font : 12pt Courier. Emphasise a word with CAPS or underline. Not italics or bold.
  • Margins : One and a half inches (the half is for binding) and one inch for top/bottom/right
  • Indents:
    • Sluglines/Action are on the left margin
    • Character name is 2″ from the left margin, 1″ from the right
    • Parenthetical is 1.5″ from left and 2″ from right
    • Dialogue is 1″ from left and 1.5″ from the right
    • Transitions are aligned to the right margin (or 4″ from left)
  • Numbering : The page number is in the upper right corner except for cover page
  • Act Breaks : each new act = new page

Film Directing Fundamentals

Part 1 Learning How To Draw (p3-76)

  • Film Grammar has 4 rules: 3 are spatial orientation to draw the audience in to the action.

180° rule – any framed right to left (or left to right) relationship between a character and an object/other character

30° rule – “going form one shot of a character or object to another shot of the same character or object without an intervening shot of something else, the camera angle should change by at least 30°.”

Disobeying this calls attention to the camera but Hitchcock’s The Birds used it for dramatic effect, each shot getting closer to the face.

  • Spine – refers to films main action and character(s) main action
  • Camera Variables: angle, image size, depth of field, motion, focus and speed.
  • Subjective camera shows your character’s perspective
  • Draw up a shot list and storyboard. A prose storyboard is also helpful, each sentence describing a shot.