Screenplays

The biggest blockbuster of the year, the funniest romantic comedy, and the most emotional independent film all started in the same way: on the page. Young filmmakers learn about the role of the screenplay, as well as important parts of the script itself and the ever-important advice to show, don't tell.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign the video for learners to watch at home before returning to class to discuss what they viewed
  • Use as an introduction to a screenwriting project in which individuals, partners, or groups work together to come up with an original screenplay
Classroom Considerations

  • Narration moves quickly; consider pausing periodically to elaborate
  • The first part of a Crash Course film production series within a larger playlist on film
Pros

  • A good introduction to the craft of screenwriting
  • References both classic and modern films, such as The Wizard of Oz (1939) to explain the three-act structure and Bridesmaids (2011) to explain internal and external conflict
Cons

  • None