Welcome to Directing/Script Development 12
In this class, we are looking at the elements that make up Directing and Scriptwriting from form, to terms, to getting in there and creating as much as we can. This is relevant to shows in this year at MAD.
Project 1: MAD Ads
To encourage a continuing set up generations of students to apply to MAD, we’re having our students design 30 second pieces that inform and encourage students about our program. These are actual pieces that will be used in our campaign for next year. There is a definite deadline for these pieces, as we need to send them out to schools throughout the Yukon, as well as put them online from students to experience. If pieces are in after the fact, they lose half the value, as part of this is being able to work, keeping an audience in mind.
Project 2: Workshop an Improv Script
Students are creating a one scene script that does not contain dialogue, just plot points and director’s notes where you know what you need actors to do in a scene for the story, but the dialogue is made up by the actors improv-style on the spot, and the director supplies changes to the scene by adding direction to the actors. The actors will come from the entire class, and you can invite up more than one set of students to try it out.
Project 3: One-Acts: Step 1: Skeleton
We're going to do the skeleton of the one-act you are writing, due on Feb 4th. We need characters, plot and conflict.
Project 4: One-Acts: Step 2: Plot Points
This is part 2 of the one-acts. You are focusing on the plot points found in your piece, and how they play a part in the overall piece.
Project 5: Middle Ground
I have provided the beginning and the end of a scene, but left a chunk out of the middle for you to fill in trying to match the tone and the characters well enough to make it complete.
Project 6: Character Mining
You are looking for videos of people just being themselves on camera, not being aware how real they are, then you are creating notes to match and dissect how to play them.
Project 7: 20 TV Ideas Set in a Theatre
20 TV episode ideas, fleshed out so we know what they are about, with genre, conflict, ideas, whatever you can add. Set in the theatre, using no more than the fact that it's happening there.
Project 8: Inspired by a song
30 second music video, inspired by a song, but not about it
Challenge: Directing Tips
What I'm looking for is quality notes of tidbits you can quickly share from what you've watched in the videos below. Come up with twenty quick examples to share. Challenge: can you find some that everyone else missed?
Project 9: DS12: Director's Drivel
Project 10: DS12: Critic Reviews of Your One-Act Play
Write up one happy and one unhappy review of your one-act play. Be super-excited as a critic, and super-mean as a critic. Have fun with it and get the feelings out.
Project 11: DS12: Music Video 2: Find the Beats
This time around I am giving you a music piece to use, and you pick the 30 seconds that works for your video. Use whatever you'd like to use as video, but follow the beats in the pattern I've given you.
Final Project: DS12: TV Time!
You are making a 10-minute episode of a TV show based on MAD.