- It has been 15 years since digital video came to personal computers. Yet today, few high school drama departments create their own motion pictures. (I have only heard of one in Lawrence, Tennessee.)
- There must be an easier way for drama departments to begin making movies.
- Each year, high school drama departments put on outstanding plays by extremely talented students. These plays have beautiful and expensive stage sets, very extensive lighting, and wonderful costumes.
- So why not use all of this to make a very short motion picture once the play is finished?
- Right now, the missing ingredient is a movie script for each of the popular school plays.
- Once we have scripts, we can begin to create the storyboards and all the rest of the pre-production elements for the movie.
- The story
- The first step is to think of a story for one of the popular school plays. This can be similar to the play or completely different. The only requirement is the movie must be able to be filmed on the same stage, with the same lights and costumes as the play.
- Format the script
- Then type the story as a movie script. When formatted, it should be one to five pages long. Two or three pages is best.
- Final Draft free demo version
- You can use the free demo version of Final Draft to type your script. If you do not know how to do this, take the lesson on script formatting.
- Original material
- For plays newer than 1923, you must not use any of the names, the story, or any music from the original play or musical. That means you can use words and names from the classics such as "Romeo and Juliet" but not anything newer than about 90 years.
- Fun for all
- Remember that this is for the enjoyment of the parents as well as the students. Don't go too wild with your story. Make it entertaining for all.