Week 4

Unfortunately due to flu, only two memeber s of the group were able to attend this week.

 During the meeting those that were there discussed the structure, idea and focused on the concept of different people in their daily routines and then coming together at the end. Some points we had for thought were:

Should it be the morning routine or a whole day in sections?         

How to consider the political element/bigger picture than just daily routine but in a tangible and achievable way

How does the film relate to the audience?

What is the climax of the film and what happens when they all get together?

Is religion/belief an explicit or implicit part of the film and who is represented?

Is the film providing an answer or a question?

Is getting everyone together physically the best way logistically?

Dee gave us some important notes to think about for next weeks session:

In lesson 4 I intended us to look at the structure of your own treatment/ideas in an effort to write a more dynamic script. After discussing what development changes you decided on from the homework task, we would then move on to structuring these.  A good method to begin writing a script is by starting with a document containing the elements of the three act structure and gradually fit in the pieces of your story around them as short paragraphs describing the action of each scene. When you are done you will have a properly structured treatment to format your film from. Please have a look at the notes – attachment – structure 3 act. An important note about short films is that although they also follow a structure of three acts it is often better to think of them like telling a joke where you have a Setup to prepare the audience for the Payoff or Punch Line. Short films don’t usually allow time for full character development and escalating conflict before a final resolution.   Using this knowledge I want you play around with the structure of your group idea (see Lucy’s notes from Lesson 4 idea changes). Breaking the idea down into segments (note this is not each shot) writing a couple of lines (describing the scene) on a bit of paper or ‘post-it’ note. Index cards are great because they are fluid and they allow for the shuffling around of ideas very easily. Again, these are important to ensure you don’t start writing your script without a clear direction. Fixing a broken or illogical script is much more difficult than changing around the order of index cards. You might find your story works better in a different order, creating more tension or element of surprise?! Also you might find sections are not really needed?! Will it work with our constraints? Is it a necessary scene to get the message over to your audience???? When you have a good idea of structure its time to have a go at script writing. Please use the Film script Truman attachment to help you fill in the missing words to complete the film script gapped handout exercise – attached. Please bring for next week. Now have a go at writing for the group developed idea using the same format…..NOTE one page usually amounts to one minute screen time!!!

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