SCREENWRITING: AN INTRODUCTION
This virtual lesson will be an introduction to screenwriting and basic storytelling. In this lesson, you will learn how to properly format a screenplay, outline a compelling story using Nigel Watts' 8 point arc and ultimately bring your first script to fruition. For this lesson, you will need to watch activities #1, #2 and #3, complete the online quiz (#4) and write a short screenplay (#5).
Complete by May 2nd, 2020
#1 - LECTURE: Storytelling Structure
To start, please click the "START LECTURE" button below to view a video lesson by Sam Avery covering Nigel Watts' 8 point storytelling structure. This video lesson is 10 minutes long.
#2 - WATCH: Basics of Screenwriting
In this short video lesson, Russel from Indy Mogul covers the five basic elements of screenplay formatting and explains how to start your script. This video is 7 minutes long.
EXTRA: Adaptation (2002)
Directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman, this 2002 film tells the complicated true story of a screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman, who runs into terrible writer's block while trying to adapt a book into a movie...
#4 - QUIZ: Scripts and Structure
Click the "TAKE QUIZ" link below to complete the quiz for this virtual lesson. Please type all essay questions in Microsoft Word first and then copy/paste into the form as to not lose your work.
#5 - CREATE: Short Screenplay
After watching lessons #1, #2 and #3 and completing the Quiz on Script and Story Structure, click the "START SCRIPT" button below to download / access Celtx as well as to review the specification for your short screenplay assignment.