My screenwriting class was probably the single most important class I have taken after all of those programming courses. I learned a lot about the science of screenwriting and was finally shown that although I am amazing at programming I still have a lot to learn about writing, specifically in terms of genre writing.
There are some very important aspects of screenwriting that are not entirely obvious to the lay observer.
- Present Active Tense – James walks; Steve simmers
- Paragraphs should be no longer than three lines.
- You can only write for the two senses impacted by film, sight and sound
- You have to be willing to be wrong, because you will undoubtedly be
- Exposition is a fucking pain in the ass
The act of writing for this genre was not the hardest thing possible, but it is certainly something to keep in perspective. Homework averaged 4 pages a week, peaking at a 10 page script due the week before the end of class. We covered commercials and PSA’s along with documentary and ended with feature length movies.
Below are the resulting files, as well as some of the notes and or thoughts i had along the way. Please do let me know your thoughts. I look forward to them:
Logline: James Kimb is left stranded, after a solar flare fries his planet. He unites a group of rebels bent on self preservation in order to steal the remaining parts and escape from their dying star.