Wednesday, January 11, 2017

FAO CAA Year 1: Unit Story & Commission / Project: From Script To Screen - Your Online Greenlight Review Monday 23rd January

Monday, 23rd January* is your 'From Script To Screen' Online Greenlight Review (OGR)

Your OGR is to be presented as a single Scribd presentation on your blog, beginning with your name, date, and project title. Save your documents as PDFs before uploading to Scribd, as this should mitigate against formating glitches. Your OGR presentations should be uploaded to your blogs by 9pm on Monday 23rd January. Written feedback will follow as a 'comment' on your OGR post and will take between 2 - 3 days (or even a bit longer, orchestra-depending!).

From Script To Screen OGR: What do you need to present?

  • The premise of your story
  • The logline of your story
  • The step outline of your story 
  • Your 'like-for-like' storyboard segment (complete)

The emphasis of this first OGR is not you giving me full-blown scripts, but rather these condensed summaries of your stories and structures. You might have written more in-depth versions as part of your own process, but all I want to see on OGR day is your ability to express your stories in their most essentialised way.

The Premise 

This is one line that sums up the writer’s starting off point, the rationale for the existence of the story at all. It can be vague along the lines of a theme like: 

  • The triumph of love and community over violence and selfishness. 

Or philosophical like: 

  • An examination of duality: Love/Hate, Past/Present, Action/Passivity, Innocent/ Experience. 

Or simply sum up the starting off point for the story something like: 

  • A young country boy witnesses a murder and a city policeman must go into hiding with him in his country community when the killers get on his trail...

The Logline 

This is a summary of the story made in one or two sentences that attempts to answer the questions: Who is the lead character/s? What is their problem? How will they deal with it? 

It can be useful to write because it forces the writer to distill what happens in the story down to the briefest possible summary. This in turn makes it necessary to make choices that can reveal what the most important part of the story is. 

The Step Outline 

This maps the entire plot scene by scene in a limited way. The action is summed up in paragraphs consisting of a line or two for each scene.

In addition, your OGR should evidence that you are up-to-date with your film reviews and ongoing CG Artist's Toolkit project work (life-drawing/Maya tutorials/Meg's animation exercises/Justin's character exercises etc). Your OGR might include links to the corresponding posts and/or images. Historically, students who use their OGR to manage their weekly tasks in this way manage their workloads more successfully.

Remember, you're gunning for a 'green light' - you want to take your script into the pre-production stage as soon as possible, so ensure that your story idea is developed sufficiently and communicates effectively. Please note: your OGR should be a professionally presented, spell-checked, with an emphasis on graphic design, layout and project branding. 

Your creative partnerships for this project are important. I want to see you working together proactively - and standing up to each other too; if you think your partner's story idea isn't working, you should say so - constructively. Find dynamic and visual ways of archiving your partnerships - video diaries, anyone? Audio recordings of brainstorming sessions? Surprise me! Your creative partnerships should feel active and exciting.  You're learning how to collaborate and build professional working relationships -  no radio silence please.  Get involved.  Be useful. Be honest. Be supportive.

Please use your social networks to ensure everyone has seen this message.  Many thanks!

* Your OGR is earlier than shown on your timetable as I'm flying out to Poland on Wednesday 25th and not back until Saturday.  I want to get your feedback to you as soon as possible and it's going to take me longer because I'll also be busy with a Polish orchestra!

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