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A One Day

Screenwriting Seminar

By Greg Acuna

 

CONTACT:
Greg Acuna
Pala Flicks Pvt. Ltd.
HN 668/2, Praiasvaddo
Behind St. Anthony’s Chapel
Anjuna, Bardez
Goa 403509
India

(0091) 9096113241

greg@palaflicks.com
www.palaflicks.com

“Adventures in Writing Animation”

OVERVIEW

This is a five hour seminar meant to introduce students to writing

scripts for various forms of animation. The class covers the

screenwriting process from conception to completion including

analysis of types of scripts, brainstorming techniques, character

creation, plot development, screenplay format and marketing. The

course is interactive with many exercises to aid in the learning

process.

INSTRUCTOR’S BIO

Greg Acuna grew up in Los Angeles and attended the University of

Southern California as an undergraduate where he took several film

classes while earning his BA in Political Science. He studied

screenwriting with the same professor that taught George Lucas and

fiction writing with the now famous TC Boyle. Two years later he

received his MA in Playwriting from San Francisco State. He has

written/directed one produced feature film, co-scripted two others,

and been a script doctor on a number of projects.

His other accomplishments include several productions of his stage

plays, poetry published in four countries, composing songs, directing

music videos, writing articles, designing commercial graphics,

illustrating picture books for children and last year he completed

writing a literary novel. He has taught screenwriting at the university

level and been a consultant for Paramount Pictures, Exchange

Cubed, Arthur Anderson, CNA and others.

Greg has traveled the world extensively and has lived in over a dozen

countries. He moved to India in 2001 and currently resides in Goa.

In 2006 he started Pala Flicks Pvt. Ltd. to produce socially conscious

content for television, films, web, and interactive media. Pala has developed

the pilot of the “Earthlings” television series for children and is currently

in pre-production of the Planet Earthlings virtual world.

SCHEDULE

10:00 am Introductions & Key Concepts

Getting to Know You – Greg, the Students & the Course

Animation and Live Action – Similarities & Differences

Types of Animation – Shorts, Experiments, Serials & Features

What is a Script? – Creating the Blueprint for a Film

Who’s Who? – Related Roles in Filmmaking

10:30 am Conception

Characters versus Plot – Where to Start?

Brainstorming – Getting Started and Overcoming Writer’s Block

Practical Exercise – Idea, Idea…where’s the Idea?

11:00 am Characters 

Screen Characters – Where Do They Come From?

Developing Believable Characters – Real Life & Movie Life

How Deep? – Getting to Know Characters…just Enough

Superstars – From Mickey Mouse to Shrek

Practical Exercise – Character Worksheet

12:00 pm Plot 

Story – From Gags to Three Acts

Shorts & Experiments –Yes, You Need a Script

Serials – Educational and Narratives

Features – The Rise and Fall of Three Acts

Practical Exercise – Setup, Plot Points and the Grand Finale

1:00 pm Lunch Break

2:00 pm Writing the Script

Looks Count – Professional Script Format

Outlining – Knowing Where You’re Going

Building Blocks – Of Shots, Scenes and Sequences

Editing – Re-write, Re-write, then Re-write Some More

Great Writing – Samples of Success

Practical Exercise – Outlining a Story

3:00 pm Business of Screenwriting

Protecting Your Work – Registration & Copyrighting

Marketing – From Bollywood to Hollywood

3:30 pm Questions & Answers

4:00 pm Fade Out – Roll Credits


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 PHYSIOLOGY

1. Sex___________ 2. Age_____________ 3. Height__________ 4. Weight_________

5. Posture_________________________________________________________________________

6. Appearance______________________________________________________________________

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7. Defects_________________________________________________________________________

Heredity____________________________________________________________________________

 SOCIOLOGY

1. Class___________________________________________________________________________

2. Occupation______________________________________________________________________

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3. Education_______________________________________________________________________

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4. Religion________________________________________________________________________

6. Race_____________________ 7. Nationality______________________________________

7. Place in community______________________________________________________________

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8. Politics________________________________________________________________________

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9. Amusements, hobbies_____________________________________________________________

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 PSYCHOLOGY

1. Sex life, morals________________________________________________________________

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2. Personal premise/ambition_______________________________________________________

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3. Frustrations/disappointments____________________________________________________

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4. Temperament_____________________________________________________________________

5. Attitude toward life____________________________________________________________

6. Complexes_______________________________________________________________________

7. Extrovert – Introvert – Ambivert 8. I.Q.____________________________________

9. Abilities_______________________________________________________________________

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10. Qualities_______________________________________________________________________

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NOTES_______________________________________________________________________________

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PLOT EXERCISE – “ADVENTURES IN WRITING ANIMATION”

 Script Title: ________________________________________________________________

Opening Scene: _______________________________________________________________

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Setup: _______________________________________________________________________

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Plot Point 1 _________________________________________________________________

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Confrontation: _______________________________________________________________

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Plot Point 2: ________________________________________________________________

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Resolution: __________________________________________________________________

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Final Scene: _________________________________________________________________

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OUTLINING EXERCISE – “ADVENTURES IN WRITING ANIMATION”
 

Script Title: ________________________________________________________________

OPENING SEQUENCE

Scene 1: _____________________________________________________________________

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Scene 2: _____________________________________________________________________

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Scene 3: _____________________________________________________________________

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PLOT POINT 1 _________________________________________________________________

CONFRONTATION:

Sequence 1: ___________________________________________________________________

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Scene A: ________________________________________________________________

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Scene B: ________________________________________________________________

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Scene C: ________________________________________________________________

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Sequence 2: ___________________________________________________________________

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Sequence 3: ___________________________________________________________________

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Sequence 4: ___________________________________________________________________

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PLOT POINT 2: ________________________________________________________________

RESOLUTION SEQUENCE:

Scene 1: _____________________________________________________________________

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Scene 2: _____________________________________________________________________

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Scene 3: _____________________________________________________________________

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RESOURCES 

Screenwriting Bibliography

“Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting” – Syd Field

“Film Scriptwriting” – Dwight V Swain

“How to Write Animation” – Jeffrey Scott

“Writing Short Films: Structure and Content for Screenwriters” – Linda J. Cowgill

“Writing the Short Film” – Patricia Cooper, Ken Dancyger, Pat Cooper

“Writing Short Scripts” – William H. Phillips

“Story” – Robert Mckee

Film Scripts on Web: 

http://www.simplyscripts.com

http://www.imsdb.com

http://www.script-o-rama.com

Copyright:

India: http://copyright.gov.in/

US: http://www.copyright.gov/

Registration:

The Film Writers’ Association

201/202 Richa, Plot No. B-29

Off New Link Road

Andheri (W), Mumbai 400 053

Tel: (022) 26733027


EVALUATION FORM

“ADVENTURES IN WRITING ANIMATION”

School: ______________________________ Student: ___ Faculty: ___ Other: ___

Location: ______________________________ Date: ________________________________

What did you LIKE about workshop? _____________________________________________

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What WORD best describes the workshop? _______________________________________

What would you like ADDED to workshop? _______________________________________

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Other comments _______________________________________________________________

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OPTIONAL INFORMATION

Name:__________________________________ Mobile: ______________________________

E-mail: _______________________________ Website: _____________________________

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