Screenwriting Tools - Know them to Build a Great Story
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Includes:
  • 34 mins on-demand video
  • 67 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn the industry secrets in writing a story
  • Entirely downloadable for offline use
  • Lucid video examples for conceptual understanding
  • Learn the techniques to build the drama and conflict
  • Learn in detail about your protagonist
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Requirements
  • No Software expertise is required
  • Enough curiosity to tell great stories
Description

A music composer needs to master the musical notes and instruments before he compose for a film; without basic knowledge of colors a painter can't paint; likewise a screenwriter or playwright should require certain tools to express his/her vision clearly. It is a difficult skill to acquire. To build scenes, sequences, acts, and the whole story is not an easy job.

So the answer to this quest is learning principles, tools that are required for screenwriting or any kind of storytelling, because screenwriting is film making on paper. The screenwriters' job is to visualize the story on paper before making into a movie or any kind of visual grandeur.

The main objective of the course is to provide you with the industry secrets to enhance your screenwriting skills to excellence.

Who is the target audience?
  • Aspiring Screenwriters
  • Film Students
  • Writing Aspirants
  • TV Production Students
  • Studio Interns
  • Literature Students
  • Corporate Managers - for telling "BRAND" stories
  • Anyone who is in the business of Storytelling
  • Bloggers - for writing effective blogs
  • This course is probably not for those who are looking for technical aspects of Cinematic Storytelling like operating the camera, learning editing software etc. That would be dealt in another course.
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Curriculum For This Course
79 Lectures
01:41:14
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Introduction
1 Lecture 01:48

Writing is a hard choice and it is a difficult skill to acquire. To build scenes, sequences, acts, and the whole story is not an easy job.

So the answer to this quest is learning principles, tools that are required for screenwriting or any kind of storytelling, because screenwriting is film making on paper. The screenwriters’ job is to visualize the story on paper before making into a movie or any kind of visual grandeur.

The main objective of the course is to provide the tools that would be mere guiding principles than hampering one’s creativity.

Preview 01:48
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Tools of Screen Writing
76 Lectures 30:20

Every sensible invention must have a purpose. Likewise every story or film must have a goal to achieve. A promise to fulfill. It’s called premise.

Laos Egri says, “Everything has a purpose, or premise. Every second of our life has its own premise, whether or not we are conscious of it at the time.”

Preview 02:02

Explanation of "PREMISE" in Romeo and Juliet

Premise - PDF 1
1 page

Explanation of "PREMISE" in Tom and Jerry

Premise - PDF 2
1 page

Identify the premise 17 again Exercise

Premise - PDF - Exercise 1
1 page

Identify the premise 50 First Dates Exercise

Premise - PDF - Exercise 2
1 page

Identify the premise of Jerry Maguire Exercise

Premise - PDF - Exercise 3
1 page

Identify the premise of The Girl Next Door

Premise - PDF - Exercise 4
1 page

Identify the premise of The New Year's Eve

Premise - PDF - Exercise 5
1 page

Theme is defined as a central idea or an underlying meaning of a story that may be told directly or indirectly.


Preview 02:50

Explanation of "THEME" in The Incredibles

Theme - PDF 1
1 page

Explanation of "THEME" in Titanic

Theme - PDF 2
1 page

Identify the theme of Die Hard 4.0

Theme - PDF - Exercise 1
1 page

Identify the theme of Die Hard

Theme - PDF - Exercise 2
1 page

Identify the theme of Iron Man

Theme - PDF - Exercise 3
1 page

Identify the theme of The Dark Knight Rises

Theme - PDF - Exercise 4
1 page

Identify the theme of The Dark Knight

Theme - PDF - Exercise 5
1 page

Explanation of "PREMISE & THEME" in Romeo and Juliet

Premise & Theme - PDF
1 page

Dramatic irony - The reader/watcher/listener knows something that one or more of the characters in the piece is not aware of.

Situational Irony is defined as a situation where the outcome is incongruous with what was expected, but it is also more generally understood as a situation that includes contradictions or sharp contrasts

Verbal irony - The ironic statement usually involves the explicit expression of one attitude or evaluation, but with indications in the overall speech-situation that the speaker intends a very different, and often opposite, attitude or evaluation.

Preview 06:27

Brief Explanation of "DRAMATIC IRONY" in Aladdin

Dramatic Irony - PDF
1 page

Brief Explanation of "SITUATIONAL IRONY" in The Incredibles

Situational Irony - PDF
1 page

Brief Explanation of "VERBAL IRONY" in Julies Caser

Verbal Irony - PDF
1 page

Identify the Irony of Argo

Irony - PDF - Exercise 1
1 page

Identify the Irony of Casablanca

Irony - PDF - Exercise 2
1 page

Identify the Irony of Citizen Cane

Irony - PDF - Exercise 3
1 page

Identify the Irony of The Godfather

Irony - PDF - Exercise 4
1 page

Identify the Irony of Vertigo

Irony - PDF - Exercise 5
1 page

The Journey of your Protagonist with clearly defined goals

Clear Line of Action
02:13

The structural unity of the parts is such that, if any one of them is displaced or removed, the whole will be disjointed and disturbed. For a thing whose presence or absence makes no visible difference is not an organic part of the whole.- ARISTOTLE

Clear Line of Action - PDF
1 page

Identify the Clear line of Action of Back to the Future

Clear Line of Action - PDF - Exercise 1
1 page

Identify the Clear line of Action of District 9

Clear Line of Action - PDF - Exercise 2
1 page

Identify the Clear line of Action of Gravity

Clear Line of Action - PDF - Exercise 3
1 page

Identify the Clear line of Action of E.T. Extra Terrestrial

Clear Line of Action - PDF - Exercise 4
1 page

Identify the Clear line of Action of Star Trek

Clear Line of Action - PDF - Exercise 5
1 page

One should know who the main character or protagonist is and where they come from and their objective in the story

Protagonist & Objective / Goal
03:29

Protagonist & Objective - PDF
1 page

Identify the Protagonist and Objective of Her

Protagonist and Objective - PDF - Exercise 1
1 page

Identify the Protagonist and Objective of Wall E

Protagonist and Objective - PDF - Exercise 2
1 page

Identify the Protagonist and Objective of Toy Story

Protagonist and Objective - PDF - Exercise 3
1 page

Identify the Protagonist and Objective of Groundhog Day

Protagonist and Objective - PDF - Exercise 4
1 page

Identify the Protagonist and Objective of Big

Protagonist and Objective - PDF - Exercise 5
1 page

Dramatic effect derives from what is probable, and not from what is possible - ARISTOTLE.


Plausibility
03:01

Explanation of "PLAUSIBILITY" in Its a Wonderful Life

Plausibility -PDF
1 page

Identify the plausibility of China Town 1974

Plausibility - PDF - Exercise 1
1 page

Identify the plausibility of Gold Finger

Plausibility - PDF - Exercise 2
1 page

Identify the plausibility of Mean Streets 1973

Plausibility - PDF - Exercise 3
1 page

Identify the plausibility of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Plausibility - PDF - Exercise 4
1 page

Identify the plausibility of The Apartment

Plausibility - PDF - Exercise 5
1 page

If the protagonist and his objective constitute the first two important element in the construction of a story, the various obstacles collectively constitute the third. Without impediments to the attainment of the protagonist’s desire there would be no conflict and no story. The protagonist would simply accomplish his objective without difficulty.

Obstacles
02:08

Explanation of "OBSTACLES" in Terminetor

Obstacles - PDF
1 page

Identify the obstacles of Finding Nemo

Obstacles - PDF - Exercise 1
1 page

Identify the obstacles of Up

Obstacles - PDF - Exercise 2
1 page

Identify the obstacles of The Incredibles

Obstacles - PDF - Exercise 3
1 page

Identify the obstacles of Big Hero 6

Obstacles - PDF - Exercise 4
1 page

Identify the obstacles of Tangled

Obstacles - PDF - Exercise 5
1 page

The difference between activity and action: if there's lots of running around with no conflict between the characters, it means there is no dramatic action - FRANK DANIEL

Activity and Action
01:53

Explanation of "ACTIVITY & ACTION" in Body Heat

Activity and Action - PDF
1 page

Identify the Activity & Action of Jaws

Activity and Action - PDF - Exercise 1
1 page

Identify the Activity & Action of Raiders of the Lost

Activity and Action - PDF - Exercise 2
1 page

Identify the Activity & Action of Mac Max Fury Road

Activity and Action - PDF - Exercise 3
1 page

Identify the Activity & Action of Sky Fall

Activity and Action - PDF - Exercise 4
1 page

Identify the Activity & Action of The Adventures of Robin Hood

Activity and Action - PDF - Exercise 5
1 page

Conflict is the very engine that propels a story forward; it provides the story’s energy and movement. Without conflict, the audience remains indifferent to the events depicted on screen. Without conflict, a film story cannot come to life. The necessity of conflict cannot be overstated.

Conflict
03:34

Explanation of "CONFLICT" in Kung Fu Panda 2

Conflict - PDF 1
1 page

Explanation of "CONFLICT" in Tom and Jerry

Conflict - PDF 2
1 page

Identify the Conflict of Bridge of Spies

Conflict- PDF - Exercise 1
1 page

Identify the Conflict of Hugo

Conflict- PDF - Exercise 2
1 page

Identify the Conflict of Looper

Conflict- PDF - Exercise 3
1 page

Identify the Conflict of North by North West

Conflict- PDF - Exercise 4
1 page

Identify the Conflict of Sicario

Conflict- PDF - Exercise 5
1 page

In dramatic writing, the very essence is character change. The character at the end is not the same as he was at the beginning. He’s changed- psychologically, maybe even physically.

ROBERT TOWNE

Main Tension - Culmination - Resolution
02:43

Brief Explanation of "MAIN TENSION - CULMINATION - RESOLUTION" in Kung Fu Panda

Main Tension - Culmination - Resolution - PDF
1 page

Identify the Main Tension-Culmination & Resolution of Die Another Day

Main Tension - Culmination - Resolution - PDF - Exercise 1
1 page

Identify the Main Tension-Culmination & Resolution of Golden Eye

Main Tension - Culmination - Resolution - PDF - Exercise 2
1 page

Identify the Main Tension-Culmination & Resolution of Quantum of Solace

Main Tension - Culmination - Resolution - PDF - Exercise 3
1 page

Identify the Main Tension-Culmination & Resolution of Skyfall

Main Tension - Culmination - Resolution - PDF - Exercise 4
1 page

Identify the Main Tension-Culmination & Resolution of Tomorrow Never Dies

Main Tension - Culmination - Resolution - PDF - Exercise 5
1 page
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Conclusion
2 Lectures 02:06

No discussion of screenwriting would be complete without dealing with rewriting. Whether or not it includes the screenwriter per se, the rewriting of a screen story is not complete until the film is in the theatres.


Conclusion
02:06

To do list

Never forget - PDF
1 page
About the Instructor
Kamal Sucharan Burri
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Filmmaker at Newlight Cinemas and Instructor at Film - Ed

Kamal Sucharan Burri is a Filmmaker and Instructor. With the teaching experience for over 9 years, he is now pursuing Ph. D., on Storytelling Dynamics. He teaches Film production, TV production, and screenwriting as a Visiting Professor in various Universities and Colleges in India.

He is also the founding Director of Newlight Cinemas, a film Production Company and Film - Ed, an online film education hub.

He staunchly believes that storytelling can change the world and always aims to do so.