Screenwriting Tools - Know them to Build a Great Story

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  • Lectures 79
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2016 English

Course 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.

What are the requirements?

  • No Software expertise is required
  • Enough curiosity to tell great stories

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What 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

Section 1: Introduction
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.

Section 2: Tools of Screen Writing
02:02

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.”

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Explanation of "PREMISE" in Romeo and Juliet

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Explanation of "PREMISE" in Tom and Jerry

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Identify the premise 17 again Exercise

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Identify the premise 50 First Dates Exercise

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Identify the premise of Jerry Maguire Exercise

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Identify the premise of The Girl Next Door

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Identify the premise of The New Year's Eve

02:50

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


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Explanation of "THEME" in The Incredibles

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Explanation of "THEME" in Titanic

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Identify the theme of Die Hard 4.0

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Identify the theme of Die Hard

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Identify the theme of Iron Man

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Identify the theme of The Dark Knight Rises

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Identify the theme of The Dark Knight

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Explanation of "PREMISE & THEME" in Romeo and Juliet

06:27

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.

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Brief Explanation of "DRAMATIC IRONY" in Aladdin

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Brief Explanation of "SITUATIONAL IRONY" in The Incredibles

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Brief Explanation of "VERBAL IRONY" in Julies Caser

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Identify the Irony of Argo

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Identify the Irony of Casablanca

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Identify the Irony of Citizen Cane

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Identify the Irony of The Godfather

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Identify the Irony of Vertigo

02:13

The Journey of your Protagonist with clearly defined goals

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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

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Identify the Clear line of Action of Back to the Future

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Identify the Clear line of Action of District 9

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Identify the Clear line of Action of Gravity

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

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Identify the Clear line of Action of Star Trek

03:29

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

Protagonist & Objective - PDF
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Identify the Protagonist and Objective of Her

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Identify the Protagonist and Objective of Wall E

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Identify the Protagonist and Objective of Toy Story

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Identify the Protagonist and Objective of Groundhog Day

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Identify the Protagonist and Objective of Big

03:01

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


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Explanation of "PLAUSIBILITY" in Its a Wonderful Life

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Identify the plausibility of China Town 1974

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Identify the plausibility of Gold Finger

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Identify the plausibility of Mean Streets 1973

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

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Identify the plausibility of The Apartment

02:08

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.

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Explanation of "OBSTACLES" in Terminetor

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Identify the obstacles of Finding Nemo

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Identify the obstacles of Up

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Identify the obstacles of The Incredibles

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Identify the obstacles of Big Hero 6

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Identify the obstacles of Tangled

01:53

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

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Explanation of "ACTIVITY & ACTION" in Body Heat

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Identify the Activity & Action of Jaws

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Identify the Activity & Action of Raiders of the Lost

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Identify the Activity & Action of Mac Max Fury Road

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Identify the Activity & Action of Sky Fall

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Identify the Activity & Action of The Adventures of Robin Hood

03:34

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.

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Explanation of "CONFLICT" in Kung Fu Panda 2

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Explanation of "CONFLICT" in Tom and Jerry

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Identify the Conflict of Bridge of Spies

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Identify the Conflict of Hugo

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Identify the Conflict of Looper

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Identify the Conflict of North by North West

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Identify the Conflict of Sicario

02:43

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

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

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

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Identify the Main Tension-Culmination & Resolution of Golden Eye

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

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Identify the Main Tension-Culmination & Resolution of Skyfall

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

Section 3: Conclusion
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.


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Instructor Biography

Kamal Sucharan Burri, 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.

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