Evaluation

Overall, I believe my script was a success. Throughout the process I showed a large amount of autonomy and independence when designing and implementing my script ideas. To this point, my script met my target audience and was more than satisfactory when printed off. I produced the script to a near professional standard, and as such achieved my target goal.

This project highlighted the need for planning and pitching towards potential investors/backers of ideas like this. These skills will no doubt pay off in the long run as I now know how to handle interviews well and explain my ideas with short and conclusive points as opposed to ranting on about uninteresting things.

One area I could of improved was the actual script presentation itself, when I spoke to Terrie. I prepared this big speech about the whole thing then discovered that I found it easier to just talk about it without the script and actually show her the idea with my own words. That being said, I could have practiced my presentation skills beforehand so as to have a rough idea as to what to say and to stop me from spending too long on certain aspects.

With this project I also learned the importance of audience and background research. Before writing my script, I researched other stories within the genre so as to better my understanding of how to make it appeal to the wider audience. When designing my marketing material for my film I also took this into account so as to make the poster appeal to the wider audience.

My writing skills have seen a remarkable improvement due to the creative nature of this task. Creating my own script was no small task, and I also had to learn how to write in script format in general. Considering writing is something I want to do at Uni I believe this task was very well suited for me – I had no problem with it, just with the actual format within which I was expected to write it.

So in conclusion, good project – some speed bumps. It was a learning process, one which I think I have benefited from due to the above reasoning’s. My only disappointment is that I never explained what happened to Alec in the script, although at the time I did this to leave the publisher wanting more I believe I could have attracted their attention more if they had known the ending fully aswell.

Storage and Information Management

Research various ways of gathering information:

  • Written – notes, cuttings, reference books
  • Audio and Visual – audio tape, audio cassette, MiniDiskTM, data recorders, video tape, digital video files, pictures, charts diagrams, electronic data, sources eg people, organisations, websites
  • Labelling – titles, referencing, cross-referencing
  • Index – Subject areas, titles, keywords, names, dates

 

Research and investigate appropriate storage and information management processes and procedures

How you can securely file all the research/information you find?

notes

With written work things are quite simple. You could file them away into a project folder – the problem with this is that anyone could view the research and it could easily be lost or stolen. My preferable method of storage would be to scan and upload them to a folder on a computer which you could then password protect for extra security. You could also back-up said documents to your one-drive, increasing security and keeping it safe from being accidentally deleted or stolen.

The problem with storing audio and visual work is that they can take up a very large amount of space on computers and as such it may be a good idea to upload the video to an online site so it can be kept safe and not take up your own memory space. A lot of different websites/platforms exist where you can store your audio and visual work, like youtube for example. The good thing about YouTube is that you could also receive feedback from the audience towards your piece of audio/visual work. The bad thing is that your work could be stolen, but then again to avoid this you could easily set your videos to private so no one can see them. You could even upload the videos to Facebook and do the same.

Labelling and Indexing could be used as methods to organize written and visual/audio work into manageable files so as to avoid you misplacing them and making them much easier to find under specific categories and tags. Indexing your work would make it much easier for you to skip to certain parts in your work so as to save you reading or listening through the entire piece when you just want to read or hear a certain section of it.

Character Development

Meeting of Opinions

Featuring – Proznov Bielinski & Miranda Lawson

Proznov is at Cafe Oren getting his weekly Mocha, this became a thing around the time his wife died as he used to go out every so often with her and just chat – he uses this as a way to cling on to the memory of his wife. He lacks the motivation to do anything since her death, due to the love he had for her. Her death shattered him emotionally and now he lacks the will to live. This all changed when his accidental interaction with Miranda occurred. Proznov is 72 years old, of pale complexion and fairly tall compared to most people. He is an immigrant from Eastern Europe, his birthplace is only later revealed as he left under dire circumstances.

One day in his routine he bumped into a young model named Miranda who was getting her morning coffee in preparation for her latest photo shoot. She wants to leave the modelling industry but lacks the confidence in her other talents to do this, her main other talent being painting which she excels at. Due to her many years in the overly critical modelling industry however she has lost much of her self confidence in her abilities and is content with where she is with her life. Miranda is 22, blonde, skinny, attractive and has very defining facial features. She recently moved from the suburbs to the city, and until recently was a fairly small town girl. She finds city life hard to grasp, and struggles with the day to day pressures of modern life.

He leaves his scarf on the table when he gets up to leave, she notices and catches up with him letting her know. He then offers offers to buy her a drink, this is how the conversation starts. Worth mentioning, there will be absolutely no romantic interest in each other although they will both think the other to be attractive for their age.

They then get to chatting and one thing leads to another and before they know it they’re spilling their past experiences to each over and consoling each over on what to do with their life problems, this leads to them both becoming changed people by this encounter. Miranda follows her dreams of becoming an artists quitting the modelling industry whilst Proznov finally accepts his wife’s death and is ready to move on with his life. Before they depart however they take each others details and agree to meet at a later date, although it is not specified.

However, in a tragic turn of events Proznov dies that evening. This can be seen in a much more meaningful way. His acceptance of his wife’s passing finally allows him the relaxation and relief of death, ending the story on a bittersweet note. Although the story ends for him it carries on with Miranda, she quits her modelling job and pursues her artistic career, which she is successful in. The script will show this at a later date, she then calls his home phone multiple times to which she receives no answer. This leads to her discovery of his death when the landlord answers the phone, the landlord then proceeds to explain to her what happened and she begins to sob. She then visits his grave and accepts his death in turn.

(She could find him dead with details they exchanged etc)

All of these details will be explained and expanded upon in the finished script, to be written at a later date on Celtx.

 

Script Writing Ideas

10 Minute Script

A script idea about script writing, the idea is an attempt at parodying my current task in a script written about a script being wrote and edited. It would have comedic moments and focus intensely on making the audience laugh.

Alex – Script Writer

Alistair – Actor

Djebel – Actress

Sophie – Actress/Production

Something witty, banterful and full of humour.

Start

Alex: Right… there it is. Finished, completundo.

Djebel: Completundo? Really…

Alex: Sorry Shakespeare, I’m functioning on caffeine right now so my English isn’t perfect.

Sophie: Just show us the script already, we need to get started.

Alex: Alright calm your horses, I need time to compose myself.

(Alex clears his throat, shows the script to his friends and they read it quietly)

Not entirely sure on this. Revisit idea later maybe

Not final idea, went with something else.

 

Scriptwriting Genre

Genre Writing

Anisha and Brandon first meet

Horror

Brandon remarks “you look like my friend”

To which she replies “male or female?”

(Brandon suddenly realises he’s dropped himself in crap) “Male, but he’s very feminine”

They both laughed awkwardly, she then proceeded to stab him multiple times in the chest, burn down his house, and murder his cat.

Sci-Fi

Brandon calls Anisha a guy by accident

Anisha gets angry

Anisha shoots brandon with a gun

Anisha puts brandon in a rocket ship and shoots him to mars

Brandon is sneakily still alive, he was wearing kevlar

Brandon arrives on Mars and befriends the local bacteria

The end

Adventure/Romance

Brandon and Anisha go on an adventure to cure her manliness

She goes through gender reconstruction surgery so as to help her come to terms with who she is

A male

Anisha then falls madly in love with brandon because he’s great

Screenplay Glossary

A SCREENPLAY GLOSSARY

Research the following screenplay terms so that you can write your own glossary and refer to it in your assignment:

Beat – A beat is the timing and movement of a film or play. In the context of a screenplay, it usually represents a pause in dialogue. In the context of the timing of a film, a beat refers to an event, decision, or discovery that alters the way the protagonist pursues his or her goal.

Character name – In a screenplay, the name appears in all caps the first time a character is introduced in the “Action.” The character’s name can then be written normally, in the action, the rest of the script.

For Example: The limo pulls up to the curb. DAISY, an elderly woman sits in the car as MORGAN, the driver, steps out and opens the door for her. Daisy is dressed in evening-wear, ready for an Opera. Character’s names always appear in all CAPS when speaking.

Continuing Dialogue – Dialogue spoken by the same character that continues uninterrupted onto the next page, marked with a (cont’d) in a stage play.

Continuous Action – Included in the scene heading when moving from one scene to the next, as the action continues.

Dialogue – Very simply, this is what people are supposed to say according to the script.

EXT. – Exterior. This scene takes place out of doors. This is mostly for producers to figure out the probable cost of a film project.

INT. – Interior. This scene takes place indoors. This is mostly for producers to figure out the probable cost of a film project.

MATCH CUT – A transition often used to compare two completely unrelated objects. It’s film’s version of metaphor. This involves cutting from one object of certain color, shape, and/or movement, to another object of similar color, shape, and/or movement. For example, a circular saw to a child’s merry-go-round.

A commonly studied example of match cutting comes from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The classic cut comes towards the beginning of the film. After the apes have used a bone as a weapon for gathering food, an ape throws the bone into the air. As it falls, we match cut to a space ship carrying nuclear warheads. Both the bone and the ship are of similar shape and color, and both happen to be moving towards the bottom of the screen. The cut relates all of technology to the development of weaponry as it cuts out all of human history.

O.C. – Abbreviation for Off Camera, denoting that the speaker is resident within the scene but not seen by the camera.

O.S. – Abbreviation for Off Screen, denoting that the speaker is not resident within the scene.

Scene – Action taking place in one location and in a distinct time that (hopefully) moves the story to the next element of the story.

Scene Heading – A short description of the location and time of day of a scene, also known as a “slugline.” For example: EXT. MOUNTAIN CABIN – DAY would denote that the action takes place outside a mountain cabin during daylight hours.

Shooting Script – A script that has been prepared to be put into production.

Simultaneous Dialogue – When two characters speak at the same time, written in two columns side by side.

SUPER – Abbreviation for “superimpose” meaning the laying one image on top of another, usually words over a filmed scene (i.e. Berlin, 1945).

TITLE – Text that appears onscreen denoting a key element of the movie, a change of location or date, or person involved in the making of the movie.

Transition – A script notation denoting an editing transition within the telling of a story. For example, DISSOLVE TO: means the action seems to blur and refocus into another scene, and is generally used to denote a passage of time.

V.O. – Abbreviation for Voice Over, denoting that the speaker is narrating the action onscreen.