Based on what you have learned in Chapter 2, Interpreting The Written Word, write a 4-page (4 minute) script. You may choose to write your script for an animation or for live action. Think of this as a script for a short film or one scene in a longer film.

Your script will meet these objectives:

• Write a brief, one-paragraph treatment for your story/script idea – See the About Treatments page below to learn about this

• 4 pages, 12-point Courier font

• Indentation and spacing as shown on pages 20, 22, 23 in the textbook. Each script page represents 1 minute of screen time.

• Script may be for an animation or live action production

• Include at least two different characters

• This may be a self-contained short film (4 minutes) or one scene excerpted from a longer film

• Include the slugline (master scene heading) that describes the location, time of day, weather, etc.

• Include script elements for action prior to dialogue, character names and actor direction in parentheses

 

Think about the type of dramatic conflict that may be the basis for a plot for your script:

  • Human vs. self
  • Human vs. human
  • Human vs. nature
  • Human vs. environment
  • Human vs. technology (machine)
  • Human vs. supernatural
  • Human vs. god

(If your characters are not human, just substitute their “species” in place of “human”)

 A treatment is a brief synopsis or description of the story idea for your animation or film. For the scriptwriting assignment, you only need to write a short paragraph. Treatments should read like a short story and be written in the third person, present tense. It should present the entire story including the ending. 

 

Examples – These are excerpts from longer treatments. For this assignment your treatment should be about the same length as these examples.

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