Today was the first day of Screen Lab and I am exhausted! Partly because I spent a large part of the day concentrating hard and making notes, and partly because I had to get up at 7am to catch the train. Yikes! Despite the early start, it was a great day and I came away feeling a lot more confident about screenwriting.
We started off with some exercises to generate ideas. One of the exercises involved sitting on the floor with a large sheet of paper and felt tip pens to make a Mind Map. We used our Mind Maps to create fictional characters, but they can be used to generate and organise ideas on almost any subject.
After that, we practiced giving each other feedback on our application scripts using the Adrian Mead’s Power of Three method. The feedback comes in the form of questions so it’s very non-confrontational and encourages you to think more about your script. It also let’s you figure out for yourself which elements of the script are working and which aren’t.
In the afternoon we talked about pitch docs and how to get an agent. I’m not at that stage yet, but getting an agent can go on my new list of goals, which we were encouraged to create. First up, under Short Term Goals: do homework for tomorrow’s Screen Lab and go to bed!