Theme – Come up with a definition for “theme” to discuss next week.
Final Project – For next week, complete section I — pitch — of the Final Project (described below):
FINAL PROJECT — PITCH PLUS ORIGINAL SHORT SCREENPLAY OR TREATMENT
I. Write a ‘pitch’ for your short ﬁlm that you’ll submit in the following format on a single page. You will also make a verbal presentation of this pitch to the class:
- Opening image or Hook
- Message or theme
- Central question
- Clearly deﬁned character arc for your protagonist
II. Attach your revised treatment (the story broken down into three acts — this should be four double-spaced, typed pages) OR your ten page script.
- At the end of each act, I want to see a clearly deﬁned plot point.
- Your main character needs to be identiﬁed as do the obstacles that lie in the path
- of your character’s goal. Additionally, you’ll need to resolve the obstacles in an
- entertaining and creative way.
- Finally, the story’s ending should be satisfying and tie back in to the story itself.
If you really want to go above and beyond what’s required for this course, take the time to make this story pitch as clever and creative as possible. Consider this as an opportunity to actually develop a script that can be made into a short ﬁlm, or lead you to a bigger project.
The competition is ﬁerce out there so you’ll need to be resourceful and original. Make it look professional, too. Spelling and grammar mistakes are a huge “Oh hell no!” We all have spell-check. And we all have at least one person in our life whom we can coerce into proofreading our work.
If you submit something in Hollywood that’s plagued with spelling mistakes or misused words, you can forget about getting your work taken seriously. Like any other industry, Hollywood has its standards and it’s a good idea to start adhering to them now.
Refer to your textbook for guidelines on formatting treatments and scripts.
Good luck and have fun!!