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Classical Storytelling and Contemporary Screenwriting by Brian Price

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Assignments

Assignment #1: Lies and the Personal Truth

  1. Write down FOUR interesting, unique FACTS about yourself. ONE of them must be a complete and total lie, but a good lie, one that would be hard to detect from the truths.
  2. Then write a short one-page story about a fictional character that incorporates both that lie and one of your true facts. Think about the differences between facts and lies, and how both can be used in service of the truth.

Assignment #2: Premise

Write TEN Loglines. Five from movies you’ve seen. Five from ideas you make up yourself. The trick is to be specific without too much detail. Give a sense of a dramatic question; of a beginning, middle, and end; and of whose story it is, what they want, and what’s keeping them ...

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