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Writing A Short Screenplay: The MMM Information Packet Materials and resources assembled by Professor Elisabeth Benfey October 10, 2006
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2 Table of contents What is the MMM?…. .3 About the event & Important Dates Short Screenwriting FAQ…. .4 Some Responses to Commonly Asked Questions & Concerns Idea to Story…. . 5-6 How to start creating the short screenplay Story to Screenplay…. 7-9 Taking the idea and turning it into a script How Can I Do All This in 8 Minutes?!…. 10-11 Some tips for staying sane and organizing your Writing The Treatment…. 12 Example & Tips The Step-Outline…. 13 Example The Short Screenplay…. 14 Where to Find Examples & Formatting Tips Top Ten Tips for Successful Screenwriting…. 15 Taken from “Creative Screenwriting” The MMM Short Screenplay Competition…. 16-17 Official Rules & Submission Information Student Filmmaking at Duke…. 18 Ways to get Involved & get MMM Practice on Campus
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The Movie Making marathon At-a-Glance Event Summary This fall, the MMM will officially begin with a short screenplay competition open to all Duke undergraduate and graduate students. You will have from October 2 until November 15 to submit these screenplays online by email. The official rules of the competition, tips for writing, and other filmmaking resources are available in this packet as well as on our website, www.duke.edu/web/mmm . Over Winter Break, a selection committee will choose the top 3 short screenplays for use in the Marathon during Spring Semester. In late February, students would would like to compete in the actual filmmaking event will be invited to participate in the MMM Crew Call where they will be given the chance to become a member of one of 10 student filmmaking teams. The Movie Making Marathon officially takes place over the weekend of March 24-25, 2007. Ten student filmmaking teams at Duke University will each work together to produce a short film based on one of the three winning scripts from the fall competition. The teams have 24 hours to make their film, 12 hours to shoot, 12 hours to edit. Their films will then premiere the following day at a campus-wide screening for the Duke community. At this event, industry professionals will judge the competition and give their remarks, with the entire weekend culminating in an Awards ceremony and reception for the student filmmakers. Producer Bill Teitler (Mr. Holland’s Opus, Jumanji, The Polar Express) will be in attendance and the Film/Video/Digital department is giving a $500 award to the team that produces the best film. For a more in-depth description of the MMM, please see “About the MMM” on our website. Important Dates of the MMM OCT 2 – Screenplay Competition Begins OCT 12 – Meet & Greet in the BC (9-11 PM) OCT 14 - 1st Screenwriting Workshop (Bryan Center 128, 12-3 PM) OCT 19 – Meet & Greet in the Marketplace (6-8 PM) NOV 1 – 2 nd Screenwriting Workshop (Bryan Center 128, 8-10 PM) NOV 15 – Screenplay Competition Ends WINTER BREAK – Screenplays are chosen
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