Students will learn to define and create the structural DNA of the traditional three-act script and the importance of structure in each step of the story building process. They will build a feature film script from idea, to logline, to 15 beats, to 40 scene cards, to a first draft. This module will provide the student with a “spec” feature film script in the genre of their choosing.
Course Goals and Outcomes
Upon completion of the “Feature Film” Module, students will be able to:
- Identify and Implement the four winning elements of every logline
- Apply the seven immutable laws of screenplay physics
- Recognize the 10 genres tat every movie that’s ever been made can be categorized by – and articulate why they are important to any script.
- Create a writing schedule and work within it to create measured content within specific deadlines and timeframes.
- Identify the 15 beats that are in every movie
- Apply the 15 beats that need to be in every movie into their original stories
- Evaluate and Repair areas of a story that require more specificity and/or structure
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 – By Blake Snyder
Save the Cat: Goes to the Movies – By Blake Snyder
Supplies and Equipment
Laptop with course specific software and access to a printer and the internet