My O post for the A-Z Challenge is here
The instructor, a man in his thirties, short brown hair with a sling around his left arm greeted each student and checked the attendance list for the first class in Screen Writing.
The desks were arranged in a horseshoe, the classroom located in a mall in downtown London was over heated while fourteen people anxiously waited to learn if the class in screen wiring would be worth the fee.
The fellow in the wheelchair asked what happened to the instructor’s arm. “It was an accident on a film shoot. I was playing the villain and it didn’t go as planned.”
The instructor, Jordan, is a script writer, set designer and sometime actor.
Avatar is the most successful film of all time
it’s all about the re-write
In his power point presentation he discussed the importance of script writing format
story basics worksheet
lots of paper
logline and synopsis templates
goal as a screenwriter is to elicit an emotional response in your audience – same as in a book
what is meant by story
Practical in class exercise:
Write out a single short descriptive paragraph detailing a “contained concept” for a screen play that is set in this room or features something in this room the people in hee now or is in some way connected to this course or the act of taking this course
We ended up with aliens (from Bob the alien lover) zombies, swat team, kidnaping etc. The woman next to me wrote that the instructor was the leader of a cult and was out to convert us.
Mike wrote that a man wearing a long white beard ran into the room wearing a straitjacket and commenced to scream, rant and bang his head against the wall.
The woman across from me wrote that Mike was wearing a kilt that couldn’t be seen when seated at the desk and he suddenly rose, reached under the table for a bagpipe, put it to his lips and started to play the instrument.
Another woman wrote that a psychedelic beetle bug circa 1960s smashed through the wall and rolled into the middle of the room.
Imaginative group eh?
We also had to jot down 12 subjects for a screenplay, 12 objects, 12 events and arrange top 3 combinations. We had a minute for each. No I did not get all 12.
My main problem so far is that I have to plot before I know what I am writing about and I hate plotting. Usually I don’t plot until I must.
The homework from the class takes me all week to complete.
It’s going to take 10,000 pokes from the instructor before the mystery of script writing will settle comfortably in my brain. But I will say one thing, since March 21 I look at movies totally differently.
No Tuesday morning blues but Thursday evening highs when I attend class to learn the mysteries of film making.
Blogophilia Week 8.6 Topic: Tuesday Morning Blues
(Hard, 2 pts): include a kilt-wearing bearded man
(Easy, 1 pt): mention 10,000 pokes