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Roman Bruni

story development consultant

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"Story Development: Turning Memories to Screenplays"

"Story Development: Turning Memories to Screenplays"
Screenplays, scripts, guiones, scenarios, sceneggiature, roteiros are pieces of text designed to indicate to creative people in a film production how to put together the performance of the actors and the usage of various objects within a setting, to compose a scene that is a 'meaning-full moment' to watch.

Beginning from a memory, the student-author will choose narrative characteristics that will enhance
the description of a sequence of actions that reveal emotional themes to the viewer.

Project Description

The skillshare student will be presented with key concepts to create a list of characteristics of setting, character and action and put all together as a one minute sequence in screenplay format for film.

Video Lessons

1. Intro: Explaning a Description.            ( 5 min ) = presentation
    RomanBRuni presents himself as a storyteller that loves movies,
    then coments about description and duration, flow and oriental scent in storytelling.

2. Project Intro: storytelling 'constructo' process.            ( 5 min ) = introduction
    Writing a screenplay as a collage of multiple texts.

3. Close your eyes, relax and Remember.            ( 5 min ) = get started
    The Student will choose a memory then will add vivid details to its description
    from research or fantasy.

4a. Developing a Theme            ( 8 min ) = get more done
    The Student will write a paragraph explaining the theme as the focus of his scene from memory.

4b. Emotional Flows within Scenes            ( 8 min ) = get deeper
    A presentation of Under flow & Up-front flow as emotional spices that are influential forces of action.

5. Developing character and setting            ( 8 min ) = list quality
    We will consider: opposition, conflict and contrast;
    and then will choose how the range of forces work within the scene.

6. Get Action            ( 7 min ) = get on time
     Screenwriters as designers of experience may use the functionality of begining, middle and end
     to design those moments as a sequence of events.

7. Theme DO            ( 3 min ) = key concept
    A philosophical approach of story as experience.

8. Integration            ( 8 min ) = articulate
    The writer will make a composite of all previous texts together in a single unified text
    with screenplay format that is a text re-written and edited with blocking cues of duration.

9. Closing: Final Thoughts            ( 5 min ) = talking point
    How to get 'writing perfect'.

Milestones:
1 - Writing the memory 'as is' first, then re-write the memory enhanced with extra details
from research ( or pure invention).
2 - Writing the theme as a paragraph explanation first,
then re-write the theme paragraph adding under and up front emotional flow qualities.
3 - Writing a description of narrative elements:
3a = where the scene happens;
3b = who is the character;
3c = what is the tool used by the character during the scene; then,
3d = amounts of opposition, conflict or contrast of each element.
4 - Writing the sequence of actions of the scene.
5 - Writing a full unifying text made from all the written texts so far.
Re-writing the full text in screenplay format.
6 - Writing the final one minute page screenplay with the complete scene.

RomanBRuni also offers to those that complete the assignment, adding a screenplay scene to the gallery of the course, a brief analysis and avaliation of its creative development.

Deliverable
A completed scene written as a one page screenplay for a one minute short film.

 

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