Check John August’s guide on the Fountain syntax: http://fountain.io/syntax.
The synopsis and report are to be submitted five days after they are released into the course.
Inspired by Brexit, the time zone has been set to GMT+2 (Brussels, Paris, Stockholm etc).
No, if/when you convert from Fountain to Final Draft or PDF, this is added automatically.
Every webinar will be recorded, and a link to the recording is emailed automatically. However, sometimes the original recording has a long wait at the beginning (we need to be online to test the connection, and this is also recorded). In this case, a shorter ‘clean’ edited version is created, and a link to this is emailed to everyone who registered in the first place.
Once you are registered for the course, the Scriptorium should appear in the menu options, as well as at the top in the sidebar of every lesson.
You can use .pdf, .doc, .docx or .zip.
That’s right. If it’s too painful even after a few pages, you may go (back) to computer.
Yes. It can be anything from 300-500 words.
While the reading of the script may keep you ‘in the story’, the summaries make you more aware of how the story is organised; how it opens, develops, and climaxes. (right now you don’t need to know the jargon used in the industry for the parts of a story.)
Another purpose is to develop the skill – again: by osmosis – to write down stories that have a structure based on causation. This means that the events are not episodic, i.e. not individual anecdotes. In successful films, the plot is tightly cohesive, and whatever happens, occurs NECESSARILY as a result of what preceded.
You can’t really leave out just any element to keep the word count down. This makes it so HARD to write a good synopsis. Yet, once you’re in the professional game, you have to produced these documents ALL THE TIME.
Your work here will make that job so much easier later.
This is not about trying to win anyone over to read the script or watch the movie. It is about telling the story in 500 words or less, and see how it is structured. To polish the synopsis in order to make it a selling document would take most people a long time, and it would likely be impossible within the “1-hour a day” spirit of this course.
Either way can work in development. Most pros will try and write a logline as early as possible. When you’re summarising an existing story, you may find it easier to do the synopsis first.