Writing Prompt:Disaster

I used to love disaster movies when I was a kid. To be honest, I still do. Some of them were a bit cheesy, but I still enjoyed watching the heroes and heroines trying to work out who is going to make it to the end. To give you a few examples, I watch the “Poseidon Adventure” every Christmas. Other favourites include “The Towering Inferno”. “Earthquake” and “The Day After Tomorrow” (don’t judge me).

For this writing exercise, try writing an outline for a disaster movie. It can be anything, flood, war, fire, earthquake, etc. For added complexity, try throwing another genre. What happens as a result of the disaster? Do we have a plague or is a civilisation nearly wiped out as a result?

Good luck!

Writing Prompt: Screenplay

Have you ever had an idea for a film? I’ve had a few, but never knew how to write a scene for the screen.

I started thinking about this as I sat in the cinema last night. I’m a huge film fan. I love being carried off into another world by a great story, compelling dialogue and stunning visuals. (Queue “Star Wars” plug).

What is it that makes a good film shot? I think one of the key components is a compelling story and investment in characters. If we don’t care about what is happening to the people we’re watching, it’s just another two hours of our lives we’ll never get back.

So, I would recommend you pick up the following books: “Screenplay” by Syd Field and “Save the Cat” by Blake Snyder.

For this exercise, try writing a scene for the screen. Then, look at some examples out there and compare. Have you captured what you are trying to visualise? I’ve added one here to get you started:

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I’m going to have a go at my first short screenplay. Wish me luck.

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