Three: Form

1. Intro – Warmup

  • The form I have chosen for my story is… Relocating Voice.
  • Focus on completion of a manuscript – screenplay, novel, novella, stageplay.

2. Transforming the Form – Novel into Film – Scene Lab.

  • The focus is on translation of the novel—interior monologue with no intruder— into a filmic scene with action and dialogue.
  • Exploration of successful Novel to Film projects including Three Days of the Condor and Moby Dick.

3. Template and Story Situation.

  • Using sequences of scenes, writers define the template that informs each scene throughout the story: Possession, Trust-Suspicion, Active-Passive, Immortality-Certain Death, Broken-Glued, etc.
  • A broken vase in scene 1 becomes a cracked mirror in scene 5 becomes a fractured vertebra in scene 9.

4. Transforming the Form – Stage Play into Film – Scene Lab.

  • Possible model: Death of a Salesman: Scene comparison from Stage play to film.
  • Writers transform novel scene into stage play, stage play into film script.

5. Texture: Plot and Subplot; Voice and Style.

  • Subplot—the story under the main story, provides texture for the writing.
  • King Replacement plus Teacher/Mentor in Searching for Bobby Fischer.

6.Transforming the Form – Short Story into Film – Scene Lab.

  • Possible model: a short story like Hemingway’s “The Killers” translated into film twice (1946 & 1964).
  • Analysis: concept to treatment to film scene.

7. Plot: The Working Synopsis.

  • In an extended summary, writers develop the working synopsis as a story check and also as a selling tool.

8. Transforming the Form – Novella into Film – Scene Lab.

  • Possible model: a novella like Double Indemnity, James M. Cain’s classic King Replacement tale.
  • Writers study the translation of the novella into script to locate the seams, transformations, additions, deletions.
  • Focus on dialogue in novella form versus dialogue in film script.

9.  Extended Essay: Where my story art takes me next…

10.  Scene Performance, Celebration, Closure.

  1. One: Foundations
  2. Two: Scene and Plot
  3. Three: Form
  4. Tips for Instructors
  5. Story Development Introduction

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