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Story Writing Etc

Script Writing Overview: ScriptWritingFormat

Shot Script Overview: Shooting Script

Script Writing Overview and Workshop:  script-writing-workshop

Story Paradigm Worksheets: Paradigm Blank  Shawshank Redemption Paradigm

Mind Mapping Software:

Storywriting Exercise

– Create 3 Story paradigms. These should be simple 5 sentence pieces: act 1- the scene is set, plot point 1- trigger, act 2- the journey, plot point 4- climax, act 3- the outcome of the events.

– Select the strongest of the paradigms above and create a more fleshed version of that scenario as outlined below:

– Each fleshed out section should be around 1/2 page and develop the paradigm a little further.
==(You may use images instead or as well as text if you like)==

Recommended Books on Script Writing:

Syd Field- The Screenwriter’s Workbook

Syd Field: Screenplay- The Foundations of Screenwriting

James N Frey: How to Write Damn Good Fiction: Advanced Techniques for Dramatic Storytelling

Weirdogs- Cloud Ass: Story Paradigm Example:

This is a basic breakdown of a story paradigm for the character Cloud-ass. I’ve added an image of the character to add to the individuality of the story as it sits amongst 30 other similar short animations. Wierdogs Story Paradigm

 Character Development Class in Afternoon.

1. Communication style: How does your character talk? Does she favor certain words or phrases that make her distinct and interesting? What about the sound of her voice? Much of our personality comes through our speech, so think about the way your character is going to talk. Her style of communication should be distinctive and unique.

2. History: Where does your character come from? Think out his childhood and adolescence. What events shaped his personality? What did his father do for a living? How about his mother? How many siblings does he have? Was it a loving family or an abusive, dysfunctional one? What events led him to the career choices he made? You may not need to provide all this background to your reader, but it’s good to know as the writer. It helps give him substance in your mind as well.

3. Appearance: What does she look like? This may be the least important ingredient to make your character a person to the reader, but you should still know it in your own mind. Not every character needs to be drop-dead gorgeous, by the way. Most people aren’t.

4. Relationships: What kind of friends and family does he have? How does he relate to them? Is he very social or reclusive, or somewhere in between? People can be defined by the company they keep, so this can be a good way to define your character.

5. Ambition: Just as this is the central letter of the acrostic, so too this concept is absolutely central to your character and plot. What is her passion in life? What goal is she trying to accomplish through your story? What is her unrecognized, internal need and how will she meet it?

6. Character defect: Everyone has some personality trait that irritates his friends or family. Is he too self-centered? Too competitive? Too lazy? Too compliant? Too demanding of others? Don’t go overboard on this. After all, you want your reader to like the character. But he’ll feel more real if he has some flaw. This is usually connected to his unrecognized need (see Ambition) and often gets resolved through his character arch.

7. Thoughts: What kind of internal dialogue does your character have? How does she think through her problems and dilemmas? Is her internal voice the same as her external? If not, does this create internal conflict for her? In real life we don’t have the benefit of knowing someone’s innermost thoughts, but a novel allows us to do just that, so use it to your advantage.

8. Everyman-ness: How relatable is your character? While James Bond is fun to watch on screen, most of us aren’t uber-trained special agent-assassins so it’s a little hard to relate to him on a personal level. On the other hand, Kurt Russell’s character in the movie Breakdown was far more ordinary and relatable, creating a more visceral experience. Be careful not to make your character too elite or he may be too difficult to live vicariously through. And that, after all, is the key to suspense.

9. Restrictions: More than a personality flaw, what physical or mental weakness must your character overcome through her arch? After all, even Superman had Kryptonite. This helps humanize your character, making her more sympathetic and relatable.

The goal is to make your readers feel something for your character. The more they care about them, the more emotion they’ll invest in your story. And maybe that’s the secret.

Protagonist and Antagonist

The protagonist is the main character in the story you write about it. Continue reading… A novel, movie, or play might have many main characters, but it can really only have one protagonist — or maybe two in the case of, say, Romeo and Juliet An antagonist is a group of characters, institution, or concept that stands in or represents opposition against which the protagonist(s) must contend. In other words, an antagonist is a person or a group of people who opposes a protagonist.

Some example shorts: