1.5 Writing your script


Short films allow computer users to become creative storytellers by first beginning with the traditional processes of selecting a topic, conducting research, writing a script, and developing an interesting story. This material is then combined with various types of multimedia, including still images, recorded audio, text, and music so that it can be played on a computer, added to a web site, posted on a blog, or burned on a DVD.

The script is one of the most important components that you will create. We stress  that a good short film story must first be a good story and that no matter how much expertise you have  with technology, a poorly written story will not be improved by fancy transitions and other digital effects.

Scriptwriting can be difficult for many and is certainly more work and less fun than some of the other tasks associated with creating a short film, like searching for images or adding music. However, you should understand that a well thought out, well written script is an absolute requirement for a good short film. The script should stand on its own merits, even if there are no visuals, narration, music, animations, or other components that will eventually add interest to the digital version.

The First Version of the Script

Write and submit a first draft version of the script based on your selected topic. Choose your own topics, which can be related to historical events, personal episodes in your life, or instructional content that describes a theme or concept.

Concentrating on writing a script shifts the emphasis away from finding images to illustrate the story, time spent writing and revising a script is time well spent.

Story Circles

After the initial versions of the scripts are written, share your story ideas, read a draft versions listen to constructive criticism and suggestions that can be used to improve the scripts and the overall plan for the final stories.

Script prompts

In our lives, there are moments, decisive moments, when the direction of our lives were pointed in a given direction, and because of the events of this moment, we are going in another direction.

The date of a major achievement, the time there was a particularly bad setback, meeting a special person, the birth of a child, the end of a relationship, the death of a loved one are all examples of these fork-in-the-road experiences.

Additional prompts

  • Tell the story of a mentor or hero in your life.
  • Tell the story of a time when things in your life were not going so well and you felt really scared.
  • Tell the story of a time in your life when things worked out much differently than you expected.
  • Tell the story of a “first”:-  first love, first day on a job, first time trying something really difficult, the first time you read a favorite book, heard a favorite song, saw a favorite movie, etc.
  • Describe a moment in time when you knew you would never be the same again

Notes taken from Lesson Bucket

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