Frequently Asked Questions

What is the correct format for Fountain?

Check John August’s guide on the Fountain syntax:

When exactly are script analyses due?

The synopsis and report are to be submitted five days after they are released into the course.

What timezone does Immersion operate on?

Inspired by Brexit, the time zone has been set to GMT+2 (Brussels, Paris, Stockholm etc).

Do I need to copy all the “CONTINUED’s”?

No, if/when you convert from Fountain to Final Draft or PDF, this is added automatically.

Will there be a replay of the webinars? If so, how do I watch it?

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.

How do I access the Scriptorium?

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.

What format should I upload my documents in?

You can use .pdf, .doc, .docx or .zip.

When you say 'hand-copied' you mean pen and paper, not typed?

That’s right.  If it’s too painful even after a few pages, you may go (back) to computer.

Why do we need to write a synopsis for each script?

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.

Does the synopsis need to be well-written, and 'selling'?

No. It is perfectly fine to write a synopsis that is not ‘selling’.

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.

The E-book says you first write a logline, but the homework states first synopsis then logline?

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.

I would love to join, but will be away (offline) for the first few days. Is this a problem?

All the work is offline. You only need to go online once every five days to upload the work, and download the next script. The only issue would be if you wait to download the script more than a few times, as the system forces a 5-day interval between downloads. If you keep being late and accumulate a full month’s delay, this would trigger your penalty pledge…

How do I use my Wildcard?

You’ve decided you need a breather? Here is how you invoke your Wildcard: Write one sentence explaining why you need to use your wildcard now, and submit it in the exact same way you would submit your script synopses and reports, adding to the email Subject: “Script x – Wildcard”. As soon as I receive the submission, I will unlock your next script. This would typically happen within a few hours (minutes if I’m at the computer). Another way to unlock the next script immediately, is to just submit the quiz (and if you don’t know the right answer, resubmit until you’ve got it right).