DZ-73: Selling documents – Development Tools 3

How do I write selling documents differently to development documents?

In developing our stories and scripts, we have probably written some combination of treatments and loglines and outlines. Some of us have probably even sent these development materials out to producers or agencies when “selling” a project — as a step towards getting someone to read or *gulp* produce your material. If so… have you written them differently? Should you have? You probably should have…

In this final part from the epic recording on short documents, Stephen explores how we should craft the words on the page and structure these documents differently when they are to sell the project as opposed to develop the project. Something that Chas and Stu badly need to hear, learn and apply right now.

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DZ-72: Theme & The Story Synopsis – Development Tools 2

How can I develop my theme without writing script pages?

Continuing our look at tools used in development, Chas & Stu are joined by Stephen Cleary to talk about Theme, The Thematic Logline and what Stephen calls The Story Synopsis. All are tools to help writers better understand their theme and how it is dramatised. We use the classic film WITNESS as an example, so spoilers abound.

Audio quotations used for educational purposes only. Timestamps indicated below. Chapter markers included in the mp3.

Thanks to Meegan May for reading the examples. Meegan May is an emerging queer screenwriter and former military intelligence analyst with plenty of award winning scripts and extensive experience in development. Look her up!


RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:00 – Intro: Theme in Development
  • 00:01:54 – The Story Synopsis
  • 00:04:19 – Plot & Theme / Praxis & Mythos
  • 00:11:12 – Back to the Story Synopsis
  • 00:13:45 – Witness
  • 00:16:09 – Thematic Logline
  • 00:17:00 – Using the Thematic Logline in development
  • 00:22:26 – Witness – 1st Act in Story Synopsis
  • 00:25:46 – Witness – 2nd Act in Story Synopsis
  • 00:28:55 – Characters, Plot & Theme
  • 00:30:27 – Witness – Book drops his facadé
  • 00:33:25 – Witness – 3rd Act in Story Synopsis
  • 00:40:49 – Witness – Complete Story Synopsis
  • 00:41:51 – Using the Story Synopsis in development
  • 00:48:04 – Rewriting using the Story Synopsis
  • 00:54:53 – Wrap Up

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DZ-71: Treatments & Loglines – Development Tools

How can I develop my plot before writing the screenplay?

Stu and Chas are joined by fan-favourite, Stephen Cleary, to NOT look at what makes great screenplays work — but what makes great  “short documents” work.  We draw on Stephen Cleary’s wealth of experience in developing work with writers, as a producer, as a script editor and as a former head of development.

This recording turned especially epic and so we have divided it into three parts that can be listened to in any order.

Part I explores the short documents and tools you can use to develop your story’s PLOT before going to script, including the Premise, the Logline, various synopses, character documents, and – of course – the dreaded Treatment… But also looks at development tools that aren’t written like: script reads, mini-shoots and animatics.

Stay tuned for Part II which delves into documents that develop your story’s theme and then Part III where we look at how to write short documents differently when your objective isn’t story development but rather selling your idea/project.


RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:00 – Intro 
  • 00:13:32 – The writing gym 
  • 00:19:32 – Animatics & Script Readings 
  • 00:28:08 – Telling your story out loud 
  • 00:31:07 – Why Treatments suck 
  • 00:36:49 – The Premise 
  • 00:44:43 – Exploring WRITTEN short docs 
  • 01:04:29 – What about non-hero’s journey? 
  • 01:14:36 – Using short docs to keep going 
  • 01:21:04 – Back to the Premise 
  • 01:24:37 – Moving from Premise to Logline 
  • 01:25:33 – Stay tuned for Part 2! 

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