Friday Flash-or-Flush: [01.19.12]

BEITELMAN | 8TH PERIOD | SPRING 2012
Seventh/Eighth-Grade Workshop

Pick one, mix-and-match, or just freelance on your own:

EXTEND THE SCENE:

Watch the short phone-call scene in class. Keep it going. What happens next? Then write another scene that’s completely separate but still related to the first scene. Think in terms of the discussion we had yesterday about episodes in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Feel free to try your hand at using the screenwriting format. Some general reminders:

  1. Use strong, sensory nouns and verbs in your scene descriptions.
  2. Use third-person, present-tense Point of View (POV): “Atticus raises the rifle and shoots.”
  3. “Show [more than] tell.” Film is first and foremost a visual medium. If you can express the story through the actions of the characters and the physical details of the setting, do it.
  4. Dialogue is ketchup. It complements the meat-n-potatoes. A little goes a long way.

WHAT JUST HAPPENED HERE?

…and what happens next?

COMMONPLACE:

Draw a map of a neighborhood that was important to you when you were a kid. Mythologize. Characterize. Speculate. Again: think in terms of episodes.

POSTSCRIPT

  • As always: you don’t have to use these prompts. They’re just here to spark your imagination.

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