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Screenwriting Tools - Know them to Build a Great Story

By
Kamal Sucharan Burri
Posted
2016-10-27
Filmed by
Newlight Cinemas
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Overview

A music composer needs to master the musical notes and instruments before he compose for a film; without basic knowledge of colors a painter can't paint; likewise a screenwriter or playwright should require certain tools to express his/her vision clearly. It is a difficult skill to acquire. To build scenes, sequences, acts, and the whole story is not an easy job. So the answer to this quest is learning principles, tools that are required for screenwriting or any kind of storytelling, because screenwriting is film making on paper. The screenwriters' job is to visualize the story on paper before making into a movie or any kind of visual grandeur. The main objective of the course is to provide you with the industry secrets to enhance your screenwriting skills to excellence.

Is this course for me?

This course is mainly for screenwriters and filmmakers who are seeking the craft. However, if anyone wants to know the basics of storytelling to help yourself in your careers that involve storytelling. You have landed in the right place.

What will I gain from this course?

Story has become an integral part of our life. it has become the basic skill in career and life. Here we offer you this course to equip you with better storytelling techniques. Although this course is mainly aimed at filmmakers and screenwriters, anyone who is passionate of storytelling can enrol in this course.

How do I prepare before taking this course? Is there a prerequisite skill set?

No basic skill set is required. However, I prefer you would practice the exercises provided in the course and also learn from the great films by putting these techniques into action.

  • Introduction

    Writing is a hard choice and it is a difficult skill to acquire. To build scenes, sequences, acts, and the whole story is not an easy job. So the answer to this quest is learning principles, tools that are required for screenwriting or any kind of storytelling, because screenwriting is film making on paper. The screenwriters’ job is to visualize the story on paper before making into a movie or any kind of visual grandeur. The main objective of the course is to provide the tools that would be

  • Premise

    Every sensible invention must have a purpose. Likewise every story or film must have a goal to achieve. A promise to fulfill. It’s called premise. Laos Egri says, “Everything has a purpose, or premise. Every second of our life has its own premise, whether or not we are conscious of it at the time.”

  • Theme

    Theme is defined as a central idea or an underlying meaning of a story that may be told directly or indirectly.

  • Irony

    Dramatic irony - The reader/watcher/listener knows something that one or more of the characters in the piece is not aware of. Situational Irony is defined as a situation where the outcome is incongruous with what was expected, but it is also more generally understood as a situation that includes contradictions or sharp contrasts Verbal irony - The ironic statement usually involves the explicit expression of one attitude or evaluation, but with indications in the overall speech-situation that t

  • Clear Line of Action

    The Journey of your Protagonist with clearly defined goals

  • Protagonist & Objective

    One should know who the main character or protagonist is and where they come from and their objective in the story

  • Plasubility

    Dramatic effect derives from what is probable, and not from what is possible - ARISTOTLE.

  • Obstacles

    If the protagonist and his objective constitute the first two important element in the construction of a story, the various obstacles collectively constitute the third. Without impediments to the attainment of the protagonist’s desire there would be no conflict and no story. The protagonist would simply accomplish his objective without difficulty.

  • Activity and Action

    The difference between activity and action: if there's lots of running around with no conflict between the characters, it means there is no dramatic action - FRANK DANIEL

  • Conflicts

    Conflict is the very engine that propels a story forward; it provides the story’s energy and movement. Without conflict, the audience remains indifferent to the events depicted on screen. Without conflict, a film story cannot come to life. The necessity of conflict cannot be overstated.

  • Main Tension - Culmination - Resolution.

    In dramatic writing, the very essence is character change. The character at the end is not the same as he was at the beginning. He’s changed- psychologically, maybe even physically.

  • Conclusion

    No discussion of screenwriting would be complete without dealing with rewriting. Whether or not it includes the screenwriter per se, the rewriting of a screen story is not complete until the film is in the theatres.

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Kamal Sucharan Burri

Kamal Sucharan Burri is a Filmmaker and Instructor. With the teaching experience for over 9 years, he is now pursuing Ph. D., on Storytelling Dynamics. He teaches Film production, TV production, and screenwriting as a Visiting Professor in various Universities and Colleges in India. He is also the founding Director of Newlight Cinemas, a film Production Company and Film - Ed, an online film education hub. He staunchly believes that storytelling can change the world and always aims to do so.

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