One of the things you need to learn is how to correctly format a screenplay.
The rules we are going to follow are set down in this section from a book on screenwriting, called ‘On Screenwriting’ by Freddie Gafney. There is some difference in some of the advice on the web, but this is the document we will use when assessing your coursework.
This week is all about developing your ideas further into something that will work for the screenplay format.
As we know the screenplay is a visual script and the really successful ones are those that allow an image to be painted for the reader – so that they can SEE what the screenwriter is intending.
Because of this it is essential that you have an idea of the visuals that you are going to include.
We will be creating moodboards full of images of:
… etc etc that will allow you to show what you want your screenplay to look like.
Here is a really excellent example from a previous student. You should be aiming for at least 20/25 images and you can present these as below or in a one page collage.
Once you have got a more visual idea of your scene it is time to start developing it in more depth and detail, considering what will happen step by step and what the audience will SEE and how the scene will unfold.
Use this document to start developing this. Once you have completed this you should start plotting out your scene step by step using this document.
Referencing. You should use a full Harvard reference for each of your sources
Relevance: Your sources are clearly relevant to the research topic and films you’ve chosen
Range: There is a range of types sources (films, books, magazines, reviews, blogs, fan sites, interviews…)
Reasons: Your reasons for choosing the film or using the source are clearly explained. How does it fit into your research project?
Here a document to help you think about the sorts of reasons you may have had for choosing the film or using the source. This will help you write the comment for each source, see below.
Advice on the Notes:
Each note should be between 75 – 100 words
Make sure your references use the Harvard System on the blog (see above)
Link each source back to the films, the filmmakers, the research focus or context.
Give a brief (1 sentence) summary of the source. Then an explanation of how it was useful or relevant.
How did it widen your understanding of film / the films
How did it help you look at the film(s) differently
How did it widen your understanding of the framework approach (genre, auteur, gender…)
NEVER ‘quote’ or analyse in the Annotated Catalogue
Quotes & analysis will go in the presentation script, which you will start in September.
Here’s an example:
Reviews and Magazines:
SOURCE 8: Hills, M., (September 2008), We’re All Fans Now, Media Magazine, Issue 25, pp. 7-11
Notes: This source describes the concept of fandoms and explores fan reactions and involvement within a franchise. This will be useful when answering my question as it is essential that I understand how fan communities operate so that I can discuss fan reactions and what they mean for both the films themselves as well as the institution. This will mean that I can compare each film’s reaction from fans to one another.
As you are reading you should be highlighting moments where it appears to meet these assessment criteria. You should copy and paste examples from the examples and highlight elements which you are prepared to share with the class.