Feature Film Screenwriting: The First Ten Pages

Kevin Kawa, Screenwriter and web designer

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13 Lessons (53m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:46
    • 2. Why the First Ten Pages?

      3:11
    • 3. Establish the Genre

      2:53
    • 4. Introduce the Main Character

      4:13
    • 5. Clarify the World and the Status Quo

      2:28
    • 6. Indicate the Theme

      2:40
    • 7. Set Up the Dramatic Situation

      2:32
    • 8. The Project Details

      The Project Details.pdf
      8:29
    • 9. Outlining Your Script

      7:24
    • 10. Formatting Your Script

      Screenwriting Format Guide.pdf
      4:13
    • 11. Good Writing Habits

      6:33
    • 12. Giving and Receiving Feedback

      6:13
    • 13. Closing Thoughts

      1:33

Project Description

Write the first ten pages of a feature-length screenplay.

Feature Film Screenwriting: The First Ten Pages

  1. Write Your Logline

    Write one-to-three loglines, post them in your project page and receive feedback on your loglines from your classmates

    -OR-

    Choose one of the following three instructor-provided loglines, which can be specifically-tailored to your story.

    • An arrogant principal goes to extreme lengths to impress his boyhood crush when she returns to their hometown after taking a job at his school.
    • A disgraced ex-cop turned private investigator seeks redemption following a grisly discovery.
    • An alcoholic baker battles the competition and her own demons while participating in a national baking contest.

    (Note: The preferred option for all students is creating your own logline(s) and getting feedback from classmates on them before working on your script, not using the instructor-provided ones.)

  2. Write Your Script

    Write the first ten page of a feature-length screenplay and upload it to the project gallery or post a link to the externally-hosted script (Google Docs is one such place to do so). Include as many versions on your project page as you see fit along with explanations of changes you made or requests for specific help. 

     

  3. Give Feedback

    Give feedback to at least five of your classmates about their ten page script, whether in an early draft or the final version.

    Building a community of screenwriters is a MAJOR goal of this course, so make sure to participate, whether it be through feedback on your classmate's pages or through the discussion boards!


Additional Resources

  • The Project Details

  • Screenwriting Format Guide

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