Information you should know for the final test on scripts on Friday:
For other examples of TV scripts, search: http://www.simplyscripts.com
For formatting your script, use: www.celtx.com
- You will have to sign up for an account - make sure you sign up for the FREE one! - it will ask about collaborators, go ahead and put me down.
Script Rough Draft is due Tuesday, 5/2 - we will have laptops to be able to start typing them in class on that day.
TV Script Project Part 1: The Treatment
You will eventually be writing your own TV script, but first, we start with the treatment. The treatment is like a proposal for the show you want to write, before actually writing the whole thing. The treatment outlines the show, the characters, the setting, and the basics of the plot(s) that the characters will go through. This helps producers understand your vision for the show, and decide whether or not they want to pay you for it.
There are four different ways to come up with your ideas for a TV show:
Starting the Writing Process:
Step I: Decide which TV idea you’re going to write for from the above list and circle it.
Step II: Start the Treatment Process
Requirements: Typed, 2-3 pages
3 Act STory Arc
Act I - The Set Up
Three main scenes in Act I:
Act II - Confrontation
Three Main Scenes in Act II:
Act III - Resolution
Three Main Scenes in Act III:
Directions: Watch an episode of a TV show* or movie and take notes and analyze the show for the following:
Format: You can list this, or draw it in plot diagrams, up to you, as long as each part is clear.
Due: Wednesday 4/12
*I recommend a TV show for this. Half hour shows are fine, but a full hour show might give you more scenes to plot out and a whole movie might have too many things to plot out. I recommend against reality TV shows – you want a show that has a specific script that was written, since we are focusing on the writing in TV and movies. Do not use game shows or sports shows either. Dramas and sitcoms work best.
Notes about Multi-Strand Plotlines
The best writers work in television. One of their most effective techniques are multi-strand plotlines.
Some stories work fine with a single hero pursuing one goal, but occasionally, a story will get boring in the middle, especially if there isn't enough conflict to sustain it. Although the use of a single hero pursing a single desire is the best way to explore that character fully, the use of multiple plotlines is a great way to explore the story in new ways, while increasing conflict at the same time.
The use of multiple plotlines allows the writer to keep the story moving when things begin to slow down. To keep the story alive, the writer simply jumps between storylines at the height of action, so the audience is constantly engaged.
So, when using multiple plotlines in your stories, make sure that they affect each other in some way, or make them about the same kind of thing. In a typical sitcom, there may be three separate stories, all about the same subject. Each story will demonstrate a different aspect of the theme.
Brainstorming: What TV shows or movies can you think of that have Multi-Strand plotlines?
Watch and Analyze: an episode of Bob's Burgers: "Weekend at Mort's" (on Netflix) and take notes on each 6-point plot line for:
Homework: Rewrite the argument story from your Do Now, but from the perspective of the other person in the argument. Due Thursday.
Get the story "Happy Endings" by Margaret Atwood
Pre-Reading: Answer these questions before reading the whole story
Assignment: Now you will write your own “Endings” story: