TUTORIAL ONE NOTES
Screenplay uses the below format
1. PRESENT TENSE
2. 3RD PERSON
3. VISUAL VOICE
WHY?–> Presents a more immediate and urgent feel to the material | Example—->Mark picks up a gun and holds it in his hand. It begins to tremble, as if alive.
Written Vs Visual voice
-uses weak verbs
-tells us what is happening in character’s head
-distance reader from story
-strong action verbs
-immediate sentence structure to convey story
TIPS FOR WRITING
è If you have work in progress, NEVER stop for the night of your stuck->Always solve the problem and keep going until you are in safer water
è If you cant get started in a project, start writing anyway! To do this you have to have some words to type!
è It doesn’t matter what you write, you will soon begin to think and more in your own rhythm /pace
REFLECTION ON METHOD OF WRITING
Mr. Ryan specifically told us to write in the present tense, 3rd person’s viewpoint and in the visual voice. That was not a problem for me at all. Until, he asked Jun jie to read what was on his paper. That is when i realised i made a mistake. I made my character think. I realise in a script, everything or every word needs action. If not, the message cannot be conveyed to the audience. It is not like reading a book! That is why present tense is important. We can’t write the sentences like e.g “John thinks…”. Obviously, we cannot cut open John’s brain and show it to the audience. In a script, every detail must be acted out. My story is pretty much similar to Jun jie’s story. And in my story, my character is doing this stunt because he is forced to by some bullies. And since, I cannot just write, “John thinks…”. I might have to show the actions in words. Example, Jacky is entering the temple. The bully shouts at him, “if you don’t complete the dare, forget about coming to school again!”. That would help the audience to understand why is Jacky doing this silly act. Writing out every detail in action is truly something difficult. And i guess, by being in the “3rd person” perspective, we are actually seeung with the audience’s eyes?
REFLECTION ON TIPS ON WRITING
Mr Ryan emphasized on continuing to write despite having “mind blocks.” This, i must admit would be a little difficult. I am a perfectionist by nature. And, i like doing my best. Sometimes, i take a little rest to gain some inspiration.But i guess, he has a point after all. Maybe, he wants a flow in the story. If there are too many full stops, we might lose the connection with the audience. Perhaps, scriptwriting is different from writing stories and articles.