Saturday, April 2, 2011

Blast Through A Screenplay! The Script Frenzy Challenge

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Post by Trai Cartwright
Who knew that three hours of intense screenwriting instruction could be such a blast?  I had the very good luck to teach the Poudre Main Library’s Script Frenzy preparation class, and no foolin’, it was a scream.  Forty students, all chomping at the bit, not a sleeper in the bunch.  I haven’t laughed that hard teaching in a long time! 
In case you don’t know, Script Frenzy is National Novel Writing Month’s version of their November book-writing challenge.  Instead of 150 pages of fiction, you’re challenged to write 100 pages of a screenplay in the month of April.
Apparently lots of writers were interested in just such a challenge!
And what they learned was this:  screenwriting was both much easier to understand than they thought it would be – and much more complex than they could have imagined.  
But it’s not impossible.  With the right tools (which I hope I delivered), 100 pages in 30 days is totally doable.   
If you’ve got a yen for screenwriting and are looking for a new way to melt your brain, check out NaNoWriMo’s website and get the Script Frenzy details.  Or just start looking around – there’s some great screenwriting and filmmaking resources percolating in Fort Collins.  For example, I’ll be teaching Screenwriting 101 at FRCC and Advanced Screenwriting at LCCC in the Fall, and things went so well with the Library, they’re inviting me back.
Best of luck to all you Script Frenzy enthusiasts out there – and let us know how far you get.  Wouldn’t it be cool if Fort Collins churned out 100 screenplays in April?  

Have you ever written a screenplay?



Kay Theodoratus said...

Question, just for the heck of it: Is writing a screenplay easier than writing a novel?

Charmaine Clancy said...

I might try it out next year, I alway NaNo, but was too scared to try scriptwriting. That will be my goal for 2012 :)

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Patricia Stoltey said...

I haven't tried to write a screenplay yet, but it's on my bucket list. Maybe I'll sign up for one of your classes, Trai.

Tundiel said...

I've never tried a screenplay, but would love to have a go. I've entered the traditional NaNo twice - won one, failed one. Hoping my third will be a win too. :)

Langley said...

I'm in the middle of writing a stage play. I've never written a screenplay but I'd like to try it. Maybe Script Frenzy will get me off the dime next year.

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