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Intro to Screenwriting, Quarter 2

Welcome to Quarter 2 of Intro to Screenwriting. Do you need to go back to Quarter 1?

Day 46

1. Replace all of the scene cards for the first half of Act 2 (so the second line) of your board with fresh cards that are formatted in the “Save the Cat” method. Here is a blank one to look at. Each card should include the location, key purpose of the scene, emotional change, and identify the conflict/good guy/obstacle. Here is a scene card example, filled out.

Day 47

1. Replace all of the scene cards for the second half of Act 2 (so the third line) of your board with fresh cards that are formatted in the “Save the Cat” method.

Day 48

1. Replace all of the scene cards for Act 4 (the fourth line) of your board with fresh cards that are formatted in the “Save the Cat” method.

Day 49

1. Review your board and make any additions or changes that you feel are needed.

Day 50

1. Now you are going to convert your cards to an outline. Create a new document and title it “(Project Title) Outline.” Type up your cards and number them in order so you have a numbered list of scenes on your computer. Do half today, and half tomorrow.

Day 51

1. Continue typing your cards onto your computer. You should finish today.

Day 52

1. You are now ready to begin writing your script! You are going to be writing a spec script, not a shooting script. What’s the difference? A spec script is an uncommissioned script that your are writing on speculation, that is, the idea that it might someday be sold. A shooting script the final completely detailed version of a motion-picture script in which scenes are grouped in the order most convenient for shooting, complete with camera directions and other technical details. The good news for you is that writing a spec script is a bit simpler.
2. Create new document and title it “(Project Title) Draft.” Take a look at your first scene in the outline, and begin writing. (Not sure how to get started? Here is the screenplay for “Kung Fu Panda” to help you.) Here is another link to screenplay formatting guidelines to help as well.
3. Try to write 2 pages of your screenplay today.

Day 53

1. Continue working on your screenplay. Try to write AT LEAST two pages a day.

Day 54

1. Continue working on your screenplay. Try to write AT LEAST two pages a day.

Day 55

1. Continue working on your screenplay. Try to write AT LEAST two pages a day.

Day 56
1. Continue working on your screenplay. If you have fallen behind, write extra today. When you are finished today you should have at least ten pages.

Day 57
1. Read through your screenplay as written so far.
2. Read pages 72-77 of “Save the Cat.” (Begin with Opening Image and end by reading the section on the Catalyst.) Check to see whether your screenplay hits the beats laid out and compare which pages they are on to the beat sheet. (Don’t forget it’s okay to be a little off. This is just a guideline.)
3. Now is your opportunity to revise or rewrite sections that you see ways to improve.
4. Find someone else to read your revised pages and get their feedback.

Day 58

1. Continue working on your screenplay. Try to write AT LEAST two pages a day.

Day 59

1. Continue working on your screenplay. Try to write AT LEAST two pages a day.

Day 60

1. Continue working on your screenplay. Try to write AT LEAST two pages a day.

Day 61

1. Continue working on your screenplay. Try to write AT LEAST two pages a day.

Day 62

1. Continue working on your screenplay. Try to write AT LEAST two pages a day.

Day 63

1. Continue working on your screenplay. Try to write AT LEAST two pages a day. You should be approaching the end of Act 1!

Day 64

1. Continue working on your screenplay. Try to write AT LEAST two pages a day. You should be at the end of your first act by now. If not, try to finish it today.

Day 65

1. Read through the beat summaries of Act 1 to refresh your memory.
2. Read through Act 1 of your screenplay. Do you see anything you need to move, fix, or add? Do so now.
3. Have someone else read your screenplay and discuss with them their reactions.

Day 66

1. Continue working on your screenplay. Try to write AT LEAST two pages a day. You should be approximately at the beginning of Act 2. (The ‘Break Into Two’ beat lasts from page 25 to page 30 according to Blake Snyder’s template.)