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.
The main learning objectives for this course, and how you will accomplish them by following it.
An interactive and constantly updated mind map for this course
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
A list of keyboard shortcuts to help those following along this course on the Windows version of Scrivener.
How to set the Scrivener preferences to get the writing experience right for you
Getting started with a new script in Scrivener
How to eliminate distractions as you write in Scrivener
Already have a basic text? No problem - you can easily import it 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!
A key part of effective writing - moving from outlines and first drafts to developed writing
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
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
An exercise to test and practice the Deeper Dive Inspector skills taught in the previous lecture
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
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
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
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.
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!