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UCLA Extension - Screenwriting 1 L. Saber BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS (Week 8 Lecture - Supplement) Before you start writing each scene, consider writing a scene outline. A scene outline is nothing more than a miniature story outline. You have to ask yourself the same questions as you would when you prepare your story. What’s my beginning, middle and end, what is the exciting (or interesting, revealing, sad, etc) event in the scene and what do I want out of this scene? Take a look at your story outline. See what line item you want to develop into a scene. Let’s say that one of your line items in the story outline reads something like this – -- The platoon encounters a sniper, tension builds between the soldiers as they have to stay alive and deal with a POW. The scene outline could very well be as follows – 1. Platoon advances in “patrol” formation a. Banter and jokes b. Personalities surface 2. They discover the bodies of friendly soldiers a. Soldier on point notices a sniper hideout b. Decision to engage or ignore 3. A German POW is caught a. Decision to kill him or let him go (this will pay off later in the movie – have the same German POW that was let go play a role in killing one of the soldiers that showed him mercy, but now he doesn’t return the favor – ironic, chilling)
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UCLA Extension - Screenwriting 1 L. Saber b. Tension runs high as the soldiers threaten to kill each other
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