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Script, Story & Storyboard | Course MD 503

Lecturer | C. Dootz
Teaching Assistant | Rewan Gamaly

'“Our appetite for story is a reflection of the profound human need to grasp the pattern of living, not merely as an intellectual exercise, but within a very personal, emotional experience.” -Robert McKee, Story

Course Description

Course Overview:

We will introduce the creation of stories and the basic rules of storytelling, script writing and storyboarding.


Course Weights:

ASSIGNMENTS 50 %

        - Assignments Checklist (TBA)

FINAL 50 %

	- Final: Script, Synopsis, Treatment and Logline
		- 1st Draft Final
		- 2nd Draft Final

Groups' Schedule:

Group 1 : THURSDAYS 1st & 2nd Slot
Group 2 : SUNDAYS 1st & 2nd Slot
Group 3 : SUNDAYS 4th & 5th Slot
Group 4 : TUESDAYS 2nd & 3rd


REFERENCES

BOOKS:







ClICK HERE to download the audio book for "Story" by Robert McKee

Class Schedule

WEEK DATE TOPIC ASSIGNMENT MATERIAL
1 SUN 17.09.2017

TUES 19.09.2017

THURS 21.09.2017 (compensated on 14.09.2017)


Introduction: Awareness and Artistic Identity

Write down everything in your diary (this continues till the end of the semester)

CLOSAT elements (average 3 of each)

1. Developing Story Ideas


2. Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow PDF
Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Audio Book

3. In Class Brainstorming:
Group 1
Group 2

2 SUN 24.09.2017

TUES 26.09.2017

THURS 28.09.2017


1. Playing Roles: Writer/Presenter/Audience/Critic

2. Improvisation + Writing Guidelines


1. Rewrite + print your in-class improvised story

2. Childhood Memory

1. Developing Story Ideas


3 SUN 01.10.2017

TUES 03.10.2017

THURS 05.10.2017


1. Show Don't Tell!

2. Acting Out Emotions


1. Autobiographical Survey pg.40

2. 4 Questions

1. Developing Story Ideas

2. Opening Scenes of: Yojimbo (1961) / Jackie Brown (1997) / The Godfather (1972) / Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) / Pulp Fiction (1994)

3. 3 Brilliant Moments in the Visuals of Emotion

4 TUES 10.10.2017

THURS 12.10.2017

SUN 15.10.2017


Tools of the Dramatist


1. Character and Destiny (slide #17)

2. Nightcrawler (2014) Scenes Analysis

1. Story

2. Passengers, Rearranged

5 TUES 17.10.2017

THURS 19.10.2017

MON 30.10.2017


Nightcrawler Analysis


6 TUES 31.10.2017

THURS 02.11.2017

SUN 05.11.2017


1. Storytelling Basics

2. The Story Triangle


1. Logline for your script

2. Little Red Riding Hood (pg 79): Questions on pages, bottom of 78, 73 and 74

1. Story

2. Developing Story Ideas

3. Scriptwriting Fundamentals Videos


7 TUES 07.11.2017

THURS 09.11.2017

SUN 12.11.2017


1. Synopsis & Treatment

2. Dialogue


1. Synopsis + Treatment of your script idea

(template for one scene)

2. Reserve a consultation slot! (Sheet available infront of D4.208)

1. Scriptwriting Format

2. Nightcrawler (2014) Script

3. Chinatown Treatment

4. Chinatown Script


8 TUES 14.11.2017

THURS 16.11.2017

SUN 19.11.2017

MON 20.11.2017


Consultations!


helpful links!

1. How to write a scene

2. Act timelines

3. Plotholes

4. Suspense

5. What next?

6. Tension?

7. Internal vs External