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Shape Your Screen Story--

Topic Sixteen: Send your hero to hell. Use your opposing attacking forces to pound the hero with adversity. Make the hero struggle to adjust, accommodate, or escape. Promote the opposing attacking forces Make your hero "mad as hell".

Topic Seventeen: Help your hero with his or her plan. The Hero's plan to defeat the Opposing/Attacking Force involves performing a multi-step Task. Hero's task is daunting, sustained, high risk, and almost impossible to accomplish. Other characters insist the task is too difficult, but the Hero values the Win and the Prize so highly that he will risk failure, defeat and death to succeed. Make the Hero summon up Courage, Confidence, and Determination. Promote the Opposing Attacking Forces and thwart your hero so his plan fails Use a close character to push the hero face-to-face with the moral deficiency at the core of the hero's character.

Topic Eighteen: Create the final struggle. The black moment. In order to set up the final victory of the hero, you need to create a situation in which the audience will fear that the hero is finished, beaten. The resilient and resourceful hero At this point of the script you need to make your hero use all his or her cunning, strength, and courage to get an edge on the villain. Discovery of the weakness You need to help your hero seek out and find an undiscovered weakness in the opposing force, and move aggressively to attack it. The final attack Show the audience how the hero prepares for and marshalls forces for the attack The final conflict Make your hero do battle with the opposing forces and defeat them, not by raw power or superior forces, but by means of strength of character, persistence, cleverness and courage. Enjoying the Win and the Prize. Reward your hero by letting him or her savor the Win and collect the Prize. Make the hero realize how his or her world is going to be different. Dramatize in action how the hero's world is going to be in the future.

Topic Nineteen: Organize your story material. Put your cards and notes in the order in which the material will play in your movie. You may have already done this along the way or left it till now. If not, do it before beginning to write scenes. Make a list of the scenes that will be in your movie. This will be a rough list. Keep the descriptions of the scenes short. Use sentence fragments. Just get down what you think the content of the scene will be. Track the hero's Key Decision Moments. This is a vital part of the screenwriting process. For every act that the hero performs, there is a moment previous to the act when he or she decided to take the action. You need to plan which "decision moments" will be in your movie.

Some Thoughts To Ponder--

Being or becoming a screenwriter.
Or where do you fit in the whole business of making movies?

Topic Twenty: Create the interplay among your Hero, the Goal, and the Task.

Topic Twenty-One: Creating and controlling the Opposing and Attacking Force.

Write The Draft--

Topic Twenty-Two: Get ready to write script. At this point you have completed your research, created the Story, and shaped the Story in the order in which the scenes will be played in your movie. Examination of the fundamental unit of the screenplay: The Scene. Flow. How to build energy and surprise by manipulating FLOW. The Edit. How to capitalize on the energy of the cut from scene to scene.

Topic Twenty-Four: Write the first 10 pages. Set up your movie. What are the first great scenes in your story? Your first five scene/sequences must be your best presentation of the forces that will contend and battle it out to the finish. Detailed examples and comparisons from produced movies: Witness, and The Terminator. If you can write these first pages really well, those pages will energize the writing of the rest of the screenplay. You might have to rewrite the first ten pages ten times, or fifty times, but it's worth the effort to get them feeling strong and dramatic, and true.

Topic Twenty-Five: Setting--the unsung hero...

Topic Twenty-Six: The setup and payoff. Alternating current from beginning to end.

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