The Essential Guide To Scriptwriting — Part 3

Learning Objectives

  • Explain why conflict is a central feature of the script
  • Include conflict in your script
  1. Man against Man
  2. Man against environment
  3. Man against self

*Conflict makes things happen to the character which makes the story interesting!

  • Conflict = Change
  • Conflict usually happens because a change occurs in relation to your main character (eg, someone around the character changes, the character’s environment changes or the character himself changes)
  • Change is a universal thing but people resist change all the time
  • This resistance is because of a fear of the unknown
  • When crafting stories, you have to throw your characters into a world of change and make them cope so they can survive
  • This provides your action in the drama
  • The most effective way to include conflict in your script is to have characters aiming for opposing goals.
  • This way, when each get close to their goals, the conflict between them is amplified.
  • This is why the end of the script is always the moment where the characters come close to their goals and the conflict is at it’s highest.
  • In creating conflict, there must be no compromise between the characters.
  • Both will fight to the death for what they want.
  • The more evenly match are their wills, the stronger the battle will be.
  • The stronger the battle, the bigger the conflict and the more interesting the film will be.

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