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  • Module: Wonder [Passive Screenwriting]
  • Objective: To intuitively understand great scripts.
  • Task: To read one script every week, for ten weeks.

You will likely have seen the movies. Now you are going to discover the writers and the scripts behind them.

Why?

Reading just one script is not enough.

To develop intuition, you need practice. You also need to be familiar with the conventions of your chosen genre. In this module, you will read scripts in most of the main genres: Drama, Comedy, Action, SciFi, Romance, Thriller/Crime and Family/Animation.

Because you’re just reading, it may feel like you’re not doing much. Therefore, this stage I call Passive Screenwriting

But you won’t be entirely passive during the reading!

Your Tasks

Here are your daily tasks for the Wonder stage:
(You will get more detail in the Wonder module itself)

Read the script

You may have read scripts before, but reading 10 scripts in succession will open your eyes to things you had never noticed!

Write the synopsis

Writing a synopsis is a core skill for the pro screenwriter. Here you will learn it. The first one will be a b****… the last one, a breeze.

Write the logline

Once you have the synopsis, it will be easier to write the logline. If you don’t already know how to do this, you’ll have 10 opportunities to learn!

Write the report

The report is like a personal diary of what you picked up from the script in terms of screenwriting technique.

Now, we are going to have a look at the heart of this course.

Here comes the real workout: transcribe a feature film or TV episode in Reverse Screenwriting!