Explore Filmmaking | National Film and TV School

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. 

JOSEPHINE
Hi

AMY
Josephine, Josephine! Look at this

JOSEPHINE
My hands are full. Hang on. I can't really stop

AMY
It's a card - from Jenny

Josephine is still busying herself with the notebooks. Amy, ignoring Josephine's difficulty, gets up and hands her the card, forcing Josephine to read it. Reluctantly Josephine reads it. 

AMY
Isn't that exciting! 

JOSEPHINE
She says she's writing a book

Josephine hands the card back and starts looking through her notebooks

AMY
Yes! Isn't that fantastic? This will be great for her

JOSEPHINE
I'm sure she will enjoy it

AMY
Maybe you could help her. You know - give her some tips

JOSEPHINE
(reflectively)
She's never written a book before

AMY
Neither had you

Josephine puts one of the notebooks down with a thud on the table.

JOSEPHINE
I had actually! I'd written a lot

AMY
Not that were published

JOSEPHINE grabs a notebook and leaves the room. Amy is left standing holding the card.