Prompt: Share three film ideas you might develop for this course and for each idea, detail the following five points:
· TITLE: can be a working title.
· LOGLINE: a one-sentence description of the story.
· PROTAGONIST: what does your hero want and why?
· CONFLICT: who or what stands in your hero’s way?
· THEME: what do you think this story will end up being about?
Restrict yourself to one sentence for each point. It is fine if they are very rudimentary. Take risks.
In your follow-up responses, indicate to at least one classmate an idea that you find particularly compelling, or additional details the writer might consider. Please respond to someone who hasn’t receive a response yet, so each person gets at least one piece of feedback.
Prompt: Of your three ideas from last week, choose the one you want to write.
As we discussed, how you introduce your world and your protagonist is one of your screenplay’s most important choices. Don’t fall too much in love with your first idea. Be open to experiment.
1. In your introduction, what world are you in? What does your protagonist say or do ?
2. What does this scene achieve in establishing the character and story? What does it not achieve that you have to save for a later scene?
3.Pitch us an alternate introduction that achieves what your original does not, but is also missing something important about what the original achieves.
In your follow-up responses, indicate to at least one classmate what you like about the idea, and which of the introductions you prefer. Please respond to someone who hasn’t received a response yet, so each person gets at least one piece of feedback.
Prompt: Visualizing your movie can be helpful when it comes to writing your screenplay. Knowing your locations, the kind of music you’d like on the soundtrack and WHO will be playing your movie’s characters. For this exercise, we’d like you to come up with your “dream” cast for your movie. Draw from actors (living or dead) and why you think these actors are right for the part. For two of the lead roles, come up with brief (one paragraph) bios for that will entice the actor into doing your movie.
Your response should be three paragraphs: one for your cast list and explanation, one each for two character biographies.
In your follow-up responses, give feedback to at least one classmate about their casting choices, and suggest one alternate actor based on the character biographies. Please respond to someone who hasn’t received a response yet, so each person gets at least one piece of feedback.