DEADLINE: Some components due April 4 Uploaded by day of Class 11:59 pm
EST. Complete Assignment due April 18 with PDF copy uploaded by day of
Class 11:59 pm EST.
WEIGHT: 25% of your final grade
For the script you are strongly encouraged to use a screenplay writing software
program (Celtx, Final Draft, Movie Magic) to help you with the script component but,
in any event, your sequence must follow industry-standard dramatic script
SUMMARY: In order to interest people in your screenplay you must be able to
quickly sum up your film in a compelling and succinct way. The first step is crafting a
solid logline, 2-3 sentences that sum up the film’s premise that establish the main’s
character’s goal and obstacles.
The fundamental building block of a screenplay is the scene, a dramatic sequence
which takes place over a continuous period of time. Each scene has a beginning, a
middle and an end. Something has to change or be revealed for a scene to be
successful. The success of a film is dependent on the strength of each scene
moving onto the next, building its narrative.
For this assignment you are to write:
1) a Logline for an original film;
2) a Treatment/Breakdown for a Dramatic Sequence from that film; and
3) the actual Dramatic Sequence in proper script format.
Dramatic here includes drama, comedy or a combination of the two. The scenes must
have an interaction between two or three characters. There must be an element of
conflict, and your scenes need a beginning, middle and end. The characters’ actions
have a purpose and advance the plot i.e. something changes. Remember to give your
characters personality through ‘their voice’ and by using actions to indicate emotion.
Bring your script to life using evocative and active writing in your action lines.
The scenes may be the basis of your second semester multi-course assignment –
The Light Story.
The script must be 1:30 long i.e. at least 3 pages long in proper dramatic
screenplay format. Use the script format and review the elements of a scene and
character development covered in lectures
The script must take place over three locations:
1) Confined interior space (e.g. bathroom or edit suite);
2) Larger open interior space (e.g. living room, cafeteria, hive); and
3) Outside at night.
It can be three separate scenes or a continuous sequence over the three locations –
but all from the same larger story/script (You are not expected to write said larger
script but you should know where these 3 scenes fit into it). Only choose locations
that you can expect to have access to and can shoot at.
Create a narrative story which will have interaction among 3 persons using the
above locations. The story can be simple, but it should be dramatic and engaging.
The story must include at least one conversation between two of your subjects.
This is an individual assignment.
(1) Select a premise for a story your scene is to be from. (Use either an original
concept or select from the premises listed below)
(2) Write a 2-3 sentence description of the film (Logline). This is more than the
basic premise. An early draft of this is deliverable April 4 Day of Class
11:59pm EST and is part of the marking scheme. (5 marks) (PDF only)
(3) Write a Breakdown of what happens in each scene. This portion is also
deliverable April 11 Day of Class 11:59 pm EST and is part of the marking
scheme. (5 marks) (PDF only)
(4) Write a Dramatic Sequence that includes 3 people and 3 locations (as above)
AND a new Logline modified based on feedback. Deliverable April 18 Day of
Class 11:59 pm EST (15 marks) (PDF only)
(5) There needs to be at least one conversation between 2 of your characters.
(6) Ensure the story has an element of conflict and a beginning, middle and end.
(7) Ensure the story follows proper screenplay format e.g.:
A. Scene header: left margin 1 inch, in CAPS
B. Action lines: left margin 1 inch
C. Character name: left margin 3.7 inches, in CAPS
D. Dialogue: left margin 2.5 inches right margin 2.5 inches
E. Transitions: right margin 2.5 inches, in CAPS
Use an original concept but include at least two characters whose goals are not the
same and who are actively in conflict with one another. Conflict does not mean they
are fighting or even dislike each other – it means each want something, the
accomplishment of which would mean the other character doesn’t get what they want.
There should be ‘stakes’ here.
E.G. At school, two friends join forces to work on an important assignment only to
realize they are working on the assignment with different goals.
E.G. After the father in a family dies, two siblings struggle to figure out how to keep
the family business alive.
E.G.Two work rivals create an invention that could either change the world for the
better or simply make them fabulously rich and famous.
This project will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
– Log Line / Concept
– Scene Breakdown
– Conflict
– Beginning, middle and end
– Length
– Proper Format
– Required assignment elements
– Conversational style (voice) of the characters
– Grammar and spelling
o This is to be a 1:30 spot
o As per your script from RTV141 use 3 locations: 1) A small, tight space, 2) large
open space, and 3) outdoors at night. It should include a wide variety of shots using
different camera angles.
o In each of the 3 locations you must use multiple shots/angles to tell the story
(minimum of 3 per location). Try to include a conversation between 2 characters with
a wide 2-shot and over the shoulder coverage.
o You must use on-location dialogue in the story
o You can in addition use Voice Over/Narration
o You must include a Sequence of Cutaways, shooting a minimum of 3 shots that
will cut on the action with proper continuity (AKA a “Triple Take”).
QUESTIONS? CONCERNS? RIDDLES? Contact your professor using their
Blackboard email account or during class.

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