Script Tip: Five Essential Elements

Notes:

  • First few pages can determine your while story
  • Genre
  • clarify genre in beginning of film
  • Protagonist
  • Describe character through actions and situations
  • Character should be flawed and interesting as normal people
  • Show the world
  • powerful element of your story
  • build your story with details and characters
  • Hint at the theme
  • Help you understand your characters motivation throughout your story
  • Set up the dramatic situation
  • Set the wheels in motion
  • can make the reader wanna read more
  • usually in the first 10 pages
  • build excitement and intrigue

Screenplay Structure: Sequences

  • Notes:

    • About 10-15 minutes
    • Has beginning, middle, and end
    • Length, ownership, tension, framework
    • Each sequence can have its own specific character
    • a sequence can be devoted to a villan
    • not every sequence needs to center your protagonist
    • Fearing for your characters is tension
    • end with the resolution with the tension leading to another
    • framework obstacles can be physical or emotional
    • obstacles should have clear consequences
    • Framework helps shape story
  • Notes:

    • Grab readers attention
    • make it interesting within 10 pages
    • First sequence is very important
    • Inciting incident and lock in
    • Tone
    • emotional or dramatic pitch to the story
    • writing style
    • Genre
    • Set up and clarified imminently
    • Specific genre expectations
    • Status quo
    • can be positive, indifferent, or negative
    • once the character succeeds or fails a new status quo is introduced
    • World of the story
    • Gives insights to an environment
    • The world should be used to serve the story
    • Dramatic situation
    • Sets the wheels in motion
    • Inciting incident
    • occurs before your characters main objective

  • Notes:

    • Common to go into the enemies layer
    • The predicament
    • matter of life or death
    • your character cant escape
    • fuels your entire second act
    • Protagonists objective
    • Key factor that defines character is objective
    • Lock-in
    • Your h=character can never return to status quo
    • Sequence 2 concludes with lock in
    • Main tension
    • Culmination of all obstacles
    • Glue that keeps your story moving forward

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screenplay Structure: The Five Plot Points

Notes

  • Five plot points
  • three acts
  • Inciting incident-Occasionally this moment occurs within the first few pages
  • Lock in-Single most important plot point of your story/when your protagonist can’t walk away
  • First culmination (mid point)-between lock and midpoint/midpoint should be victory if your character wins
  • main culmination (climax)-The largest obstacle/last point (highest or lowest point)
  • Third act twist-pacing is faster/the ultimate “show down”

Trope Talk

Notes:

  • Inciting incident: When the story starts with a certain event
  • Throw your character into an event that’s unfamiliar to them where they need to react in way they normally wouldn’t
  • Time signature helps engage audience
  • add protagonists
  •  know what kind of audience you’re trying to target
  • don’t try to “win” against other authors