Students will learn the steps, science and strategies involved in assessing drafts, fixing plot holes, completing subplots, inserting set ups and pay offs, ensuring each character has a unique voice and straightening the spine of their “A” plot.
Course Goals and Outcomes
Upon completion of the “Feature Film II” Module, students will be able to:
- Identify the difference between structure and formula
- Track the hero’s growth step by step
- Identify the 7 warning signs you might have a great idea – or not
- Generate an effective Logline
- Utilize a 5 question template to ensure your story’s spine is straight
- Generate and Administer a checklist that gets to the heart of every development issue • Articulate a 5-Point finale to finish any story
- Understand and Incorporate notes, deal with problematic Producers and dive into a rewrite with the right attitude.
- Identify the potential greatness in any story
- Avoid panic, doubt, and self-recrimination of your ideas, drafts and pitches.
At the end of this course a student will be able to construct a feature film script.
Students are evaluated by their ability to “defend their structural points” in a verbal exam with the instructor on the following components of the spec feature film project:
- The Enhanced Logline
- The Poster
- The 15 Beats
- The 40 Scene Cards
- The First Draft
Teachers will read and evaluate the spec scripts and pre-draft notes, outlines and documents, which contain all of the elements mentioned in the Learning Objectives / Outcomes.
Save the Cat: Goes to the Movies – Blake Snyder
Save the Cat: Strikes Back – Blake Snyder
Supplies and Equipment
Laptop with course specific software and access to a printer and the internet