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:
Dream Cast With Famous Actor
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.
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.
NYC 3012 as a green hippie Utopia city with a gold beehive looking visual style”
List Your Top 5 Favorite Film World Settings: 1.
Step 5: Favorite Subjects What are your top 5 Favorite Subjects or areas of interest?
Subjects you like to study or research
Favorite subjects in books, movies, comic books
Favorite myths or cultures
Things you like to do for fun
Places or historical events
List Your Top 5 Favorite Subjects: 1.
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.