The past couple of weeks I have been doing the free online filmmaking course from the National Film and Television School, a school I have wanted to attend since I was 15 but is now one of those dreams that must die. The course is really good for beginners and filmmakers who need to be kept sharp. I feel I have learnt so much already. They use a combination of filmmakers and writers talking through their own films and tasks to help you learn. This short script is one of the tasks set this week. The brief was as follows:
- Character 1 is already in a room.
- Character 2 approaches the room, opens the door and comes in.
- They have a very brief conversation in which Character 1 gives Character 2 an object and then Character 2 leaves the room.
- Consider how you are setting up character, theme and story.
So here is what I did with that:
INT. LIVING ROOM. EVENING
Amy is sitting reading a card in the living room. She is smiling while reading. The radio is playing in the background.
The door opens and Josephine walks in, flustered, carrying a load of papers and notebooks.