UNIT 2

Improvisation, treatments, outlines, and scenes

It’s time for you to determine the best step forward in in your journey through the land of screenplay writing—is it best for you to improvise some situations or scenes to get some new ideas for your characters and story? is it best to dive in and start writing a scene? a treatment? can you do both at the same time?

In this Unit you will write a scene with your main character interacting with someone else. Integrate dramatic conflict in the dialogue. We seek dramatic conflict in the dialogue and we want to know your characters as they interact with others.

Assignment 4: Write and re-write a scene with two characters having a conversation in three pages or less. The scene should have only two characters in conflict. 3 page maximum. Print and bring to class for reading.

Ask yourself, “what’s at the heart of this story or scene? what is the primary conflict of the (main) character with the other character? what are the needs or wants of each character in the story and in each scene? how do I “show” or express conflict through dialogue/sound?

It’s time for you to determine the best step forward in in your journey through the land of screenplay writing—is it best for you to improvise some situations or scenes to get some new ideas for your characters and story? is it best to dive in and start writing a scene? a treatment? can you do both at the same time?

For example, you could write a scene with your main character interacting with someone else but can you integrate dramatic conflict in the dialogue? We seek dramatic conflict in the dialogue and we want to know your characters.

Most documentary screenplays can only anticipate the scope and meaning of an anticipated interviews and you might not know how the story will end until you edit the footage, but you can still begin and continue the process of development.

Ask yourself, “what’s at the heart of this story? what is the primary conflict of the (main) character? What are the needs or wants of each character in the story and in each scene? how do I “show” or express conflict through dialogue/sound? Print your scene(s) and bring to class for reading.

Assignment 4: Write and re-write a scene with two characters having a conversation in three pages or less. The scene should have only two characters and conflict. 3 page maximum. Print and bring to class for reading.