Write Your Genre Script
First Draft Due: Monday, April 4
Second Draft Due: Monday, May 9 (Optional)
Assignment: Write a short script that focuses on genre like Horror, Sports, Romance, Coming-of-Age up to 15-20 pages.
Optional: Set up a Zoom meeting with the Instructor to pitch your Script Idea, and workshop it to make sure it’s viable. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time/day.
REVIEW: The Fundamentals of Screenwriting in lively animated presentations are contained in Module 7 — from Structure to Character. Review these presentations and also your answers to the textbook Screenwriting is Rewriting to help you outline and write your script.
Submit your SCRIPT drafts to Blackboard AND your forum on the Discussion Board, so you can read each other’s scripts.
Here is a Paradigm from The Dallas Buyers Club to help you outline and think through your story and characters. Also below, you’ll find worksheets to help you outline your script. You do not have to turn them in!
STEP 1: CREATE A BASIC STORY MAP
LOGLINE: After true life homophobic, macho cowboy Ron Woodroof learns he has AIDS and has just 30 days left to live, Woodroof smuggles unapproved drugs into the U.S. from Mexico, joining forces with a transvestite AIDS patient to sell drugs to people who can’t wait for the medical establishment to save them.
PROTAGONIST: Ron Woodroof, 40s, rodeo cowboy and electrician,
diagnosed with AIDS
PROBLEM: Diagnosed with AIDS
CHARACTERIZATION|ATTITUDE: Macho, bigot, drug addict, promiscuous, street-wise
EXTERNAL GOAL: To find meds that will save his life CHANGING GOAL: Find meds for others
INTERNAL GOAL: To be tolerant / To accept others as they are
MAIN DRAMATIC CONFLICT: FDA
THEME(S): Tolerance, Acceptance, Perseverance, “Stand for something more than yourself.”
CENTRAL DRAMATIC QUESTION: Will Ron die from AIDS?
ENDING: Ron loses the court case against the FDA, but finds support with those that he helped.
ARC: Ron goes from a homophobic bigot to a crusader for human rights and AIDS research.
STEP TWO: MASTER SCENE OUTLINE
SET UP: Ron is a promiscuous, drug addicted, homophobic macho guy.
INCITING INCIDENT: After an accident, Ron learns that he has AIDS and only thirty days to live.
ACT ONE BREAK: Ron bribes a hospital orderly for AZT, a drug to treat AIDS. But the hospital blocks the orderly’s access. Ron seeks out a doctor in Mexico who will give him AZT.
Ron strikes a deal with Dr. Vass to distribute meds, but can’t sell them on his own. He partners with a cross dressing AIDS patient, Rayon, to sell the drugs. With Rayon’s help, business booms. To avoid FDA interference, Ron offers to sell membership in a Dallas Buyers Club and give away the meds for free.
Ron CHANGES: He develops friendships that erase his bigotry and homophobia, travels the world and obtains new meds.
MIDPOINT: Ron is audited by the IRS and Rayon’s health deteriorates. The FDA raids the buyer’s club, seizes all of its inventory and rules buyer’s clubs illegal.
ACT TWO BREAK: When the club is low on cash and unable to obtain meds for its members, Rayon cashes in his life insurance policy and gives Ron ten thousand dollars to save the club.
Ron COMMITS TO CHANGE: He travels to Mexico and buys more meds from Dr. Vass. Rayon dies before he gets back. Moved by Rayon’s death, he gives away medication to those who can’t afford it.
CLIMAX: Ron’s lawyer files a lawsuit in San Francisco against the FDA, but loses.
RESOLUTION: When he returns to the buyer’s club, a group of his closest friends surprise him and applaud his effort.
Ron dies a changed man: He is tolerant and accepts all types of people.
WORLD of CHARACTERS WORKSHEET.docx
SCENE DESIGN WORKSHEET.docx
SHORT SCRIPT WORKSHEET.docx
Here is an example of an award-winning short genre script:
Killer Kart is horror/comedy written and directed by an FSU MFA student as his master’s thesis. It won numerous horror film awards including Best Horror-Comedy, Screamfest Horror Film Festival.
Read the script first!
Write Your Genre Script