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UCLA Extension - Screenwriting 1 L. Saber TURNING POINTS Surprising Twists (Week 5 Lecture) Up to this point we talked about the premise of your story. Essentially, a short description of what your screenplay will be about. Then we discussed your character and the journey taken to get from point A to point B. After week two the goal was to have a good understanding of what you’d like to write about and a good understanding of your central character. Then in week three, we took the premise and central character and expanded it a little more into a scene card/outline format. This exercise basically served as the skeleton on which to build. We talked about organizing your thoughts; we talked about the big stepping stones identified as mandatory scenes and the smaller ones that bridged the gaps. We also talked briefly about the different storylines, obstacles, ticking clock and raising the stakes. Then in week 4 we took a deeper dive into the protagonist and antagonist. I hope everyone is caught up and up to date on the proceeding items because next we’ll take a closer look at the turning points in you screenplay and all of the items addressed in the previous weeks will come into play here.
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UCLA Extension - Screenwriting 1 L. Saber Anyone with some sort of communication skills can tell a story, but not everyone can tell a story well. There are a lot of elements that have to come together – gel so-to-speak and one of the most crucial element is the element of surprise. Think about it in terms of everyday life, when someone tells a joke and we all listen carefully, our minds already at work trying to remember if we’d already heard that joke or trying to figure out what the punch line will be and when the punch line hits us from somewhere out in the left field. When we hear an outcome that we’d never expect, the joke is very funny. It makes us laugh. Why? Because we never expected to hear that particular punch line. Jokes after all are just miniature stories, but the same principle can be applied to feature length stories. We have to keep
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