Scripting In Scrivener
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Scripting In Scrivener

How to Write, Plan and Structure Great Film and Video Scripts with Scrivener
4.7 (24 ratings)
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Created by Paul Jenkins
Last updated 8/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Know how to use Scrivener to structure and write film scripts
  • Master core functions of Scrivener inside a proven workflow
  • Understand key concepts of film and video structuring and workflow
  • Use Scrivener to structure and advance complex writing projects
  • Approach projects and write in a structured manner
  • Combine mindmapping and Scrivener to get the fastest and most effective creative impact in your work
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  • You need to have a copy of Scrivener for Mac or Windows. You can download a trial version to use while taking this course from the developer's website, referenced in the course. After that, the software costs $45 one-time purchase from the developer or via the Mac App Store

Scripting In Scrivener shows you how to use the outstandingly good and powerful writing software Scrivener to outline, plan, structure and write film and video scripts effectively and easily.

The course starts by taking you through the essential components of Scrivener, with a focus on how to use the ones most targeted at structured writing.

Everything in the course is based on personal experience and usage of Scrivener over several years as a documentary film director. 

The challenge in documentary film is bringing many disparate elements together into a coherent and powerful narrative story. 

Scrivener excels at helping the process of organising each stage of the writing process, while getting out of the way when required.

In the course, I show you exactly how I do it with my films, using real examples, and exercises to make sure you've understood each key stage and concept. 

Along the way, I teach insights I've gained in film scripting and writing and show you exactly how Scrivener works best for me through screencast videos of the Scrivener interface.

Though principally aimed at those writing film and video scripts, anyone writing pieces involving different plot lines and character elements or complex pieces can benefit from taking this course.

Who is the target audience?
  • Those interested in filmmaking and video making should definitely take this course
  • Anyone looking for better ways to organise writing and structure it will benefit from this course
  • Those already owning - or thinking about purchasing - Scrivener will benefit from the insights and workflows this course contains
  • Those who think that writing and filmmaking do not benefit from structure or re-structuring should probably not take this course
  • Even if you already use a screenwriting software other than Scrivener, you will benefit from taking this course because it teaches a structural approach and method
  • The course is taught on Scrivener for Mac; there is a Windows version available which is very similar to the Mac version, but if you feel you need specific Windows instruction then this is not the course for you. That said, the principal value in this course is the method and approach shown
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
Starting Out With Scrivener
7 Lectures 20:27

The main learning objectives for this course, and how you will accomplish them by following it.

Preview 03:21

An interactive and constantly updated mind map for this course

Preview 00:13

A highlighted list of keyboard shortcuts and options excised from the weighty Scrivener User Manual for Mac, to help you navigate around and follow the course

Preview 00:19

A list of keyboard shortcuts to help those following along this course on the Windows version of Scrivener.

Preview 00:19

The Scrivener philosophy and why it is so powerful

Preview 02:16

Walk through the way Scrivener's interface functions

Preview 08:50

How to set the Scrivener preferences to get the writing experience right for you

Setting Basic Preferences
Getting Underway with a Project
7 Lectures 41:07

Getting started with a new script in Scrivener

Starting a Brand New Project in Scrivener

How to eliminate distractions as you write in Scrivener

Full Screen Composition Mode and FLOW

Already have a basic text? No problem - you can easily import it into Scrivener!

Importing text into Scrivener

One of the core powers of Scrivener - here I show you how to very rapidly break down your writing, while keeping it whole!

Breaking down a long piece into smaller pieces ready for restructuring

A key part of effective writing - moving from outlines and first drafts to developed writing

Focusing on subdocuments and using Split View

One of THE core advantages of Scrivener - here I show you how to use it to rapidly and non-destructively re-order your writing structure

Rapid Restructuring using Collections and Snapshots

Exercise - Basic Structuring
Deeper Dive into Scrivener
3 Lectures 24:14

Scrivener has a series of sophisticated 'tags' that it applies to every document inside your Projects. This lecture introduces them and shows how to set them up and use them

The Inspector - how to use Notes, Labels, Status and Synopses

An exercise to test and practice the Deeper Dive Inspector skills taught in the previous lecture

Exercise - The Inspector

Scrivener has powerful ways to locate elements and text, and to delineate elements one from the other when browsing through the Binder and other views

Other core functions - Search and Icons, and how to use them
Planning a Film and Shoot
5 Lectures 29:17
Pre-Shoot use of Mind Maps and Scrivener

An exercise to test your comprehension of the previous lecture and practice creating your own 30,000 feet breakdown of your own film or writing project

Exercise - 30,000 feet mind map creation

Many professional screenwriters use mind maps to help them structure scenes and sequences. Here you'll learn how easy it is to import your structures from mind maps into Scrivener, and vice versa. There's an Exercise to check you've understood the process and its value

Using MindMaps and Scrivener in Tandem with OPML PLUS Exercise

It's very important to keep a cohesive narrative - even at the earliest stages of scriptwriting or long form writing. It's easy to get 'lost in the woods' in detail rather than carve a line through in your writing. Scrivener can help massively with this; this lecture shows you two ways to establish the 'line' - in what I call the Simple Write Through before getting into minutiae. 

Simple Write Through - the 'Two Flows' Method plus Exercise
Bonus Lecture: How to join Paul's Facebook group
1 Lecture 00:11
About the Instructor
Paul Jenkins
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Film Director & Author

Effective and creative storytelling is an essential part of success in many walks of life - and fun when you do it right, because you feel the 'flow'.

Film and video techniques and visual storytelling can add much to your overall creative output, and be highly satisfying and impactful arts in their own right.

The techniques I teach, I use daily as a professional documentary film director and author.

In my courses, you'll get insights, strategies and working methods that I've developed over 20+ years while making films for the world's top broadcasters (BBC, PBS, ARTE etc).

My teaching style is to guide you through the processes that matter - explaining why they matter - in a personal, 'fireside' fashion. 

You also get direct access to me through the Discussion area of each course. This means that any challenges or questions you have can be resolved directly. 

I'm very open to feedback, therefore please feel free to feed ideas for lectures and courses to me and I'll do my very best to accommodate.

See you inside the courses!