Think about the movies or television shows you love most. Then examine them for clues as to what makes them work.
Cadette Screenwriter Badge Activity
Decide What Makes a Good Script Good
Time needed: 1–3 hours
- Television or computer
- Notebook or paper and pen or pencil
Decide what makes a good script good. In this step, think about the movies or television shows you love most. Then examine them for clues as to what makes them work. Look beyond the actors, and focus instead on the characters’ words, the scene changes, and the situations the screenwriter puts the characters through—and how all three elements work together.
Watch one movie or three shows in your favorite genre. (A genre is a category, like adventure, comedy, or drama.) Take notes on how at least three elements, such as the actors’ scripts, the scene changes, or the plot changes, make things entertaining. Refer to them for inspiration while working on your own script.
For More FUN: Analyze one movie or three shows you don’t find entertaining. Looking at what doesn’t work can be as helpful as concentrating on what does. If you could remake a film or show to make it more entertaining, what would you do differently? Add a talking cat? Make the main character obsessed with chocolate?
Host a script-dissection party with friends online or over the phone. Agree to watch one movie or three shows in the same genre, then discuss and write down what everyone likes and doesn’t like about the script.
Read two scripts. What better way to learn the craft of writing for the screen than by reading a real script? Look for the scripts of your favorite shows or movies, or scripts from shows you’ve never seen. Ask a librarian for help, check out your library online, or team up with an adult to look online. You can also find examples in books about screenwriting!
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Girl Scouts at Home activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming and optimized for use at home during a period of social distancing.