UNIT 3

Dramatic conflict, actions and character motivations; and turning points, the mid-point crisis, Aristotle’s Poetics and the three-act story structure

Assignment 5 and 6

One should always read and re-write your work to achieve greater clarity about the best direction forward. Just write with regularity and with your imagination as the main sources of your inspiration. The objective of Creative flow can be a useful motivation for consistent, experiential writing.

One should always read and re-write the work to achieve greater clarity about the best direction forward. Just write with regularity and with your imagination as the main sources of inspiration. The objective of Creative flow can be a useful motivation for consistent, experiential writing.

How can I improve what I have written?

We can only improve our writing skills through reading and rewriting. Stop writing for a moment, then with some regularity you read the work out loud, sometimes recording audio if it helps you to study and respond as you rewrite; listen to the sound of your words then do a re-write, and then keep on going, ad infinitum until your story, scenes, characters, and structure are ready for scripting and formatting. The class is intended to support and encourage you in this creative journey.

Assignment 5: Write and re-write two more scenes with two characters in each scene–EXT/INT, LOCATION, and TIME indicated at the top of scenes–six pages or less for two scenes. Print your work in progress, as you wish, so we can share and discuss in class.

Continue writing scenes and/or project descriptions, reading and listening to your work. reading the work of peers, editing and rewriting, pitching and presenting your vision, plan, and work as much as possible.

Extra credit: Watch/study a film, any film, and try to visualize and describe its story structure framework using Syd Field Three Act Structure.

I also recommend you select a film that has its screenplay included in RESOURCES so you can do deeper analysis.

We can only improve our writing skills through reading and rewriting. Stop writing and with some regularity you read your work out loud, sometimes recording audio if it helps you to study and respond as you rewrite; listen to the sound of your words then do a re-write, and then keep on going, ad infinitum until your story, scenes, characters, and structure are ready for scripting and formatting. The class is intended to support and encourage you in this creative journey. Print your work in progress, as you wish, so we can share and discuss in class.

Assignment 5: Write and re-write two more scenes with two characters in each scene–EXT/INT, LOCATION, and TIME indicated at the top of scenes–six pages or less for two scenes.

Assignment 6: By rewriting, you can integrate what you have done in the course’s previous assignments. No matter where your story is situated in the building process, it is important that you are continuing to rewrite and pitch your ideas. It is important that other knowledgeable folks read and comment about your work, at least on occasion. Your assignment is to continue writing scenes and/or project descriptions, reading and listening to your work. reading the work of peers, editing and rewriting, pitching and presenting your vision, plan, and work as much as possible.

Extra credit: Watch/study a film, any film, and try to visualize and describe its story structure framework using Syd Field Three Act Structure.

I recommend you select a film that has its screenplay included in RESOURCES so you can do deeper analysis.