G9 Tales with a Twist B

Class 15 (9N Oct 28th, 9O&9Q Oct 29th, 9L Oct 30th)

Today we are going to do the last round of feedback with a friend for the first 20 minutes.

After that we will start completing B1, design specifications.

Next class we will choose the best script or combination of scripts in B3, based on the comparison against the specifications you wrote in B1 and the comments received in the 3 rounds of feedback.

Class 14 (9N Oct 23rd, 9O&9L Oct 26th, 9Q Oct 27th)

Today we are going to spend time working on our second ATL.

During our first criterion, we spent a lot of time working on Critical Thinking, and now we are going to combine it with our second ATL: Communication.

In order to do this, you are going to have a gallery walk around and you are going to give and receive meaningful feedback to your classmates about their scripts.

Task 1: Create a document (15 minutes)

You are going to be interviewing 3 different classmates about your scripts. Think about what you would like to ask them. Here are some ideas.

  1. You may want to ask them if they understood it
  2. If the twist is clear
  3. If there is a moral/gender representation or time and place twist
  4. What are things they like
  5. What are the things they don’t like
  6. If they have some suggestions on how to improve it

Task 2: Get ready (5 minutes)

Print your 3 scripts and print 3-4 copies of your questionnaire.

Task 3: Start the rotations

Your teacher will help you time them. Please write your name in the files you complete, since they may want to ask you questions later.

20 min. Sit down with friend 1, read the script and complete the questionnaire

20 min. Sit down with friend 2, read the script and complete the questionnaire

20 min. Sit down with friend 3, read the script and complete the questionnaire

Please save the 3 questionnaires filled by your classmates, since you will need to include it as part of B3. We will discuss how next class.

Have fun reading your classmates’ scripts!

Class 13 (9N Oct 20th, 9O&9L Oct 21st, 9L Oct 22nd)

Today you have time to work on your scripts and ask me any questions that you may have. I will also be sharing individually your grades and comments for Criterion A.

Please upload to Managebac at the end of the class so I can give you some comments.

Class 12 (9N Oct 15th, 9O&9L Oct 16th, 9Q Oct 19th)

Today we will continue working on B2.

Task 1: Self-evaluation A

Today we will use the first 5-10 completing an auto-evaluation of our work in Criteria A. Please get the rubric I am going to send you an give yourself 5 different grades:

Please send me these grades by Teams chat so I can see them and I can call you to discuss the grades I gave you for the different tasks, before I post them to MB.

Task 2: Have 3 clear ideas on how to twist your original story

Make sure you have 3 ways to go. They can be minor twists. For ex. Your story could have the same beginning and middle but then 3 different endings.

Let’s have a look at the rubric for B2.

Next class it will be the checkpoint for B0+B2.

Class 11 (9N Oct 12th, 9O&9Q Oct 13th, 9L Oct 14th)

Today we will start working on Criteria B.

Task 1: Upload to Managebac

But before we do that, please upload to Managebac your criteria A, so I can grade you in the next few days.

Task 2: Explain briefly your original story

To start criteria B you need to have:

  1. An original story you want to work with
  2. an area you would like to twist (out of the 3 options we gave you. You could change a/the moral b/the gender representation and c/the time or place).

The first task we are going to do is to explain your story briefly:

Task 3: Come up with 3 ways to twist your story

In the second task, we are going to be coming up with different twists for your story. You will be asked to present 3 different ways to twist or change your story to make it different than the original.

In order to think about how to come up with possible solutions for your film we need to know how stories work. The typical formula, that works specially well for short films is the following: let’s talk about acts:

  • Act 1 (beginning)
  • Act 2 (development that ends up in a climax)
  • Act 3 (or the resolution).

That does not mean you cannot change it and do something different, but it is nice to know about this first, to be able to twist it. In this video (from 0-3:33) they explain it in more detail:

What is a script?

In order to present your ideas you will be asked to write a script for each of the options.

What is a script? A script is a document that includes all the information we need about a film. What do we need to write an script:

  1. Where are we? Defining the setting. The place. The time of day. Day or night?
  2. How many characters are there? We need to name them to know who they are.
  3. What happens? We need to define the action. We can describe it or use the dialogue.
  4. What do the characters say? Dialogues

How to write a script?

Writing scripts is an art, so in order to introduce you in this, we are going to start by looking a the important parts of script writing.

If you are interested in screen writing, this is a wonderful source. (I am borrowing the examples from Studiobinder.com.) But just to start, let’s concentrate on the 5 most important parts:

1. Scene heading: Where are we? It is important to set form the start where the action takes place. We will use INT. for interior spaces or EXT. for exterior spaces. Then a description of the setting, and then the time of day.

2. Subheading: If you want to use more detail you can say hallway, kitchen, bedroom…

3. Character introductions: “When you introduce a character in a screenplay, you want to use all-capital letters for the name of the character, then a reference to their age, and finally some information about their traits and personality”

4. Action: Action lines are where you describe the visual and audible actions that take place on screen. You want to write in third person in present tense.

5. Dialogue: Your lines of dialogue will be set underneath the character to which they are assigned. Dialogue is pretty straightforward from a formatting standpoint, but it is the most difficult part of screenwriting.

When you write scripts it is important to use use Courier font, as in the example, and center the dialogue as shown in the examples above.

Just so you know, normally one page of a script equals to one minute on your movie. So your script should not be longer than 3 pages.

Task 4: Write 3 scripts. One per idea.

Now is the time for you to write the scripts for the 3 possible ideas or ways to twist your story. Follow the instructions we learned about. And remember, you do not need to write a lot. Have fun!

You can use a typical word document or you can try this free software. It will create the margins and provide the type for you. Quite simple.

You can also use the word document I created and follow that one. Find it on Managebac.