Posted by: steveonfilm | December 27, 2009

Pride is Forever: Day Twenty-One

It’s been ten days since I worked on anything related to “Pride is Forever.” Well, that’s not entirely true. I have done some additional research. But I haven’t done any additional exercises from The Screenwriter’s Workbook.

That all changes starting tonight.

Chapter 9 of The Screenwriter’s Workbook is titled Structuring Act 1. The title is pretty self descriptive of the contents. With some background prep work completed, this is the first chapter where you really get into writing the screenplay.

The exercise at the end of the chapter asks you to plot out Act 1, from opening to plot point 1, using fourteen 3×5 index cards. Having done this a few times before, I’m going to bypass the actual index cards and use some of the built in tools for doing the exact same thing in Final Draft and Celtx. Maybe I’m just a tech head, but I hate writing by hand, and avoid it unless I absolutely need to do it. I find handwriting slow, and inefficient, and much prefer to let my fingers do the typing instead of the writing.

Also, after completing the index cards, you’re asked to write up the back story of your main character prior to the opening of the screenplay. I’m going to have to give this a bit if thought. I know exactly what happened to my Uncle Doug before the start of my screenplay, because he told me. However, that is what happened to Doug the person, not Doug the character. I’m really going to have to decide if I want to stray from reality on this or not. While being “historically accurate” is an easy thing to do, it is also very limiting. I’ve got a feeling I’m going to side with fiction over fact, if only for the freedom it presents, but the bottom line is that I’ll have to wait and see.

This is going to take me a few days to finish. I’ll post up my progress as I move ahead. I think I’m going to do a video on the note cards as well, but nothing is set in stone on that one just yet.

Until next time, keep writing!
-Steve

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