107 stories to be told......and my intro scriptwriting class began by telling twenty.
Today was day two of intro scriptwriting. We each took a turn telling a tale from our past--all of which left us laughing WITH each other, not at. Really. While we learned a bit about each other, we also saw how the simplest idea can lead to a short screenplay, a short story, a play, a poem, an essay, a blog....
One script that we read began with a simple "What if?" twist. What if my father had taken that job offer with the mob boss in Cleveland upon graduating college? What would the responsibility of such a commitment do to an honest man? (For those of you who don't know the laws of the Mafia--had my father taken the job with the mob, since he was not already a member of the family he would have had to kill someone to both prove his loyalty and so the mob would always have control over him. He couldn't, but when I explore what conditions could make an otherwise honest man agree to such conditions--whala! A story is born.)
We also read a short excerpt from my PLAYING HOUSE script, a story based on my husband who actually tried to save a woman and her toddler...who wasn't a toddler at all, but was a DOLL. He was nearly run over by a car for his good deed. While his story shocked and scared me, it also yielded a poem by me, which I later turned into a dialogueless short screenplay.
So what is your story? Don't worry about whether or not it might make a great short script, with or without that "What if?" twist--simply entertain us.
Next week: the technical parts of a screenplay--a primer in how to draft the blueprint of a film.