Who is The Sci-Fi Maker Show for?
This show is for anyone who wants to make their own science fiction movie or video. This includes:
- Directors – stay independent or go “Hollywood”
- Writers – write for others or produce their own scripts
- Producers – learn what makes a good script so you can pick the good ones to produce
According to Wikipedia, a scene in a film or video is “the action in a single location and continuous time.”
If you change locations, that’s a new scene.
If you don’t change locations, but it’s now later in the day or a different day, that’s a new scene.
One location – continuous time.
Elements of a scene
- Characters – this includes the protagonist or “hero” of the scene
- Setting – Where and when the scene takes place
- Goal – what the protagonist wants or needs. The stakes should be high.
- Obstacle – The person, place, or thing preventing the protagonist from achieving their goal. This creates conflict.
Important: The protagonist doesn’t always get what he or she wants!
Back to an example
In “Back to the Future”, Marty McFly is the protagonist.
His goal: Get his parents to fall in love (in 1955)
The stakes: If Marty cannot get his parents together, he and his siblings cease to exist!
- George McFly’s lack of self-confidence and shyness
- Lorraine’s crush on her son (Marty)
- Bonus: George and Lorraine have to fall in love at the “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance. This obstacle is a time deadline and creates suspense.
Mitch’s seven scene-writing tips
- Keep it simple (K.I.S.S.) – keep the number of characters to a minimum and keep the story simple.
- Come into the scene as late as possible and get out as early as possible.
- Eliminate anything not essential to the story. Everything should move the story along or reveal something about the protagonist’s character and motivation.
- Show us what the character is feeling.
- Read the scene out loud.
- Produce the scene if you can.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
We’ll talk about the screenplay format and some tools you can use to make this easier.
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