Before you learn anything in this course, I want you to transcribe a very short scene from The Untouchables into screenplay format.
The scene runs for 1min22, and the players are Malone (Sean Connery), Ness (Kevin Costner), and Stone (Andy Garcia).
To make things a little easier, you will have access to the dialogue list (from the Step Materials above).
Now, grab a timer or stopwatch, because I want you to record how long it takes you to transcribe it.
At the end of the course, we are going to do the exact same exercise. We’ll see how you rate, both in terms of writing standard and speed.
Start your timer, play the video, and transcribe it into screenplay format.
Dialogue Transcript [also available as a download from the Step Materials above]
At ease! Stone! Out here. This kid's a prodigy. Why do you want to join the force? To protect the property and... Oh, please, don't waste my time with that bullshit. Where are you from, Stone? From the Southside. Stone? George Stone, that's your name? What's your real name? That is my real name. Nah! What was it before you changed it? Giuseppe Petri. Geez, l knew it! That's all you need, one thieving wop on the team! What's that you said? l said that you're a lyin' member of a no-good race. That's much better than you, you stinkin' Irish pig. Oh, l like him. Yeah, l like him, too. You just joined the Treasury Department, son. Yeah, okay.
Was it tough?
When you do the exercise again at the end of the course, you’ll find out how easy it really is!
Now, let’s have a look at the schedule in the next step.