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Writing A Great Script Fast In A Nutshell Workbook


By Sherri Sheridan www.MindsEyeMedia.com

September 2007 Version 1.1

2007 Sherri Sheridan All Rights Reserved


Welcome to the workbook for “Writing A Great Script Fast In A Nutshell.” You can print this file out to do the exercises or type directly into it while editing for your needs. You can also use a notebook, some paper or the online step-by-step process with this workbook information for each step at http://www.MindsEyeMedia.com or MyFlik.com.
Step 1: Introduction
Questions To Consider:
Do you want to write a script, make a film and/or write a blueprint for a novel using this online step-by-step story engine process?

If you want to write a script or make a film do you want to do a short, feature or series?

What is your goal in finishing this story project? To get a job, to win an award, to make money or raise awareness about an issue?

If you are planning on making the film yourself which digital filmmaking tools are you planning to use DV, 2D, 3D or combinations?



Step 2.2: Story Structure Sentence
It is a story about a protagonist (lead character) who wants something (plot goal) that forces him/her to take action. He/she meets with an escalating array of conflicts (obstacles) leading to a climax and resolution.
Protagonist: Lead character and focus of the plot
Antagonist: Character or thing standing in the way of the protagonist accomplishing his or her goals

Any quick ideas for a great original lead protagonist and/or antagonist placed into the above story sentence?


Step 3: Favorite Main Characters
List 5 main character ideas for a story you would love to see or create.
Attach a few adjectives, an age, sex, location, occupation, visual style and dreamcast with a favorite actor.
Use the brainstorming lists below to get more ideas to fill into this chart:


Age/Sex/Body Type

Occupation

Location

Visual Style

Dream Cast With Famous Actor

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Occupational Ideas: Circle the ones that seem fun visually or match ones to characters you might want to develop. Feel free to combine occupations such as a Circus Clown Professional Surfer, Matchmaker Wizard or a Tour Guide Shaman.


Astronaut

Musician

Professional soccer player

Computer programmer

Game designer

Butler

Astrologer

Advertising executive

Astronomer

Accountant

Car thief

Knight

King/Queen

Retired

Archeologist

Cartoonist

Veterinarian

Model

Fireman

Hit man

Chemist

Clerk

Mailman

Congressman

Priest

Clown

Comedian

Wrestler

Witch

Detective

Dentist

Doctor


Lawyer

Artist

Plumber

DJ/VJ

Student

Mortician

Vagabond

Warrior

Editor

Explorer

Fisherman

Fortune teller

Politician

Engineer

Landscaper

Actor

Racecar driver

Painter

Hands-on healer

Lifeguard

Policeman

Pirate

Novelist

Investment banker

Government employee

Stockbroker

Burglar

Construction worker

Magician

Witchdoctor

Hairdresser

Guru

Gangster

Poet

Spaceship commander

Psychiatrist

Teacher

Reporter

Soldier

Sheriff

Belly dancer


Slave

Shaman

Tour guide

Researcher

Wizard

Matchmaker

Cook

Circus clown

Professional surfer

Dictator

Cowboy

Talk-show host

Student

Bum

Fashion designer

Housewife

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Visual Styles/Attitude: What one or two words would best describe the appearance of this character style wise?


Punk

Goth

Yuppie

Hippie

Biker

Cocktail Hour

Country Town

Beachy

Student

Trucker


Techno

New Age

Four Seasons

French Chic

Native Indian

Nerd

Hot

Nervous

Dad

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Dreamcasting Ideas: Attach a famous actor to dreamcast your main character idea. Feel free to change their real ages or even use dead ones to get to the essence.


Female Actors




Male Actors




Drew Barrymoore

Cameron Diaz

Jack Nicholson

Samuel L. Jackson

Sissy Spacek


Halle Berry

Jeff Goldblum

Ben Affleck

Reese Witherspoon

Angelica Huston

Val Kilmer

Anthony Hopkins

Kate Winslet

Jennifer Lopez

Christopher Walken

Harrison Ford

Reese Witherspoon

Diane Lane

Bruce Lee

Sean Penn

Gwyneth Paltrow

Catherine Zeta Jones

Jackie Chan

Billy Bob Thornton

Jodie Foster

Julia Roberts

Nicholas Cage

Richard Gere

Shirley MacLaine

Sandra Bullock

Clint Eastwood

Ed Harris

Uma Thurman

Claire Danes

Robin Williams

Kevin Costner

Whoopie Goldberg

Oprah Winfrey

Keanu Reeves

Tom Cruise


Meryl Streep

Lucille Ball

Bruce Willis

Billy Crystal

Elizabeth Taylor

Angela Lansbury

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Michael Douglas

Marilyn Monroe

Dolly Parton

Leonardo DeCaprio

Matthew McConaughey

Nicole Kidman

Kathy Bates

Tom Hanks

Denzel Washington

Goldie Hawn

Sigourney Weaver

James Woods

Edward Norton

Kate Hudson

Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt

Owen Wilson

Parker Posey




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Step 6: Film World Settings
What film worlds or settings have you always wanted to see in a film or story?
List your Top 5 Favorite Film World Settings with dates, visual styles and a few adjectives to really see these locations.
Think of places you have always wanted to see in film. These sets do not have to relate to the characters you just did but may be places some of them would live too.
If you are making the film yourself, think also of local settings you could shoot or existing footage you already have such as DV and photos.
For example:


  • NYC 3012 as a green hippie Utopia city with a gold beehive looking visual style”

  • Mars surface during an expedition

  • Ancient Egypt at it’s height


List Your Top 5 Favorite Film World Settings:
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Step 5: Favorite Subjects
What are your top 5 Favorite Subjects or areas of interest?


  • Hobbies

  • Subjects you like to study or research

  • Mystical creatures


  • Favorite subjects in books, movies, comic books

  • Favorite myths or cultures

  • Things you like to do for fun

  • Places or historical events

  • Urban Legends


List Your Top 5 Favorite Subjects:
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Step 6: Story Flavors/Genres
List your Top 5 Favorite Story Flavors using the list below to help you come up with ideas.
Think also of combining Story Flavors such an animated supernatural comedy or a romantic crime thriller.
Action/adventure. Big adventures, hero survival, daring stunts, and action sequences.

Animation. Far-out or surreal visual elements with objects that can turn into other things. These stories usually show us something real actors or sets cannot do as easily, such as talking animals or living toys.

Ensemble. Stories about groups of characters unified by same theme.

Experimental. Avant-garde rule breakers. Creating films that audiences may not even understand.

Biography. Find meaning of the person's life (theme), and make the person the hero (or anti-hero) in his or her own tale.

Buddy. Friendship or nonromantic close relationships developed over a series of events.

City symphony. Films about a single location with different perspectives, characters, events, and time frames.

Comedy. Show how characters in the best situations still manage to mess up or create fish out of water tales. These stories are often used to showcase the brutality of social life.


Crime. Murder mystery, detectives solving cases, reporters investigating crimes, prison stories, heists, spy stories, criminals/victims getting revenge, courtroom dramas, organized crime.

Disillusionment. Protagonist's view of life changes from positive to negative.

Documentary. True story about event, people, or place.

Drama. Passion, madness, dreams of human heart.

Education. Protagonist changes worldview from negative to positive by learning something new.

Fantasy. New-world rules playing with time, space, and laws of nature.

Historical. Stories from the past often work great to show us some themes of our present situations at a comfortable distance.

Horror. Bad, evil, scary, creepy things.

Journey. Trip, road trip, or travel tale.

Love story. What gets in the way of romantic love?

Maturation. Coming-of-age story.

Mockumentary. Fiction that looks like a real documentary.

Music video. Short film for a song and hopefully some story, theme, or context.

Musical. Songs used to tell stories from any genre. What are the new digitally enhanced musicals going to look like?

Myth. Hero journeys, ancestral memories, prehistory moral conduct, or urban legends.

Obsession/addiction/temptation. Willpower versus obsessions/addictions/temptations.

Personal anthology. Video diaries, personal events.

Postmodern. No single lead protagonist with distortion of time and space.

Punishment. Good protagonist turns bad and is >punished.


Psychodrama. Madmen, serial killers, crazy people, nuthouses.

Reality shows. Real-life, voyeuristic-style stories. TV shows such as The Osbournes or Survivor.

Redemption. Protagonist goes from morally bad to good.

Science fiction. Possible future, unknown past.

Societal problems. Political, racial, medical, educational, business, environmental, family.

Sports. Big character change in relationship to sporting event.

Supernatural. Spiritual or freaky occurrence in unseen realms.

Tragedy. Cautionary tales, somber themes, catastrophic characters.

War. Combat, prowar/antiwar.

Western. Wild West. Good versus evil. Gunfights, cowboys, bank robberies, cattle drives, Indians, ranches, horses and saloons.

List Your Top 5 Favorite Story Flavors or Genres:
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Step 7: Digital Filmmaking Techniques
If you are making the film what types of software or digital filmmaking tools do you want to use?


Digital Video

2D Animation

3D Animation

Photo collage virtual sets

2D Southpark-style hand-drawn characters.

3D sets such as fantasy settings, prehistoric places, or anything else

Bluescreen characters


Hand made and painted hand puppets

3D characters – anything goes!

DV actors on DV sets

Old hand held stop motion dolls

3D FX such as tornados, fire, tidal waves, smoke

DV actors on 2D photo sets

Cut up paper doll parts

3D particles

































































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