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“Teaching” means rules, structures or maps of paths which others took before you and drew. However when you have to teach a creative way all this is not enough. In fact, sometimes, all this might be a problem. If your students are creative people, they are going to feel those maps like a prison; if they are not, they might think those rules are a solution, a magic key and, what’s worse, the only way to do a script.
One of the most difficult points is to find a manner to teach to understand the media, that is, how cinema transmits a story.
Students arrive to you with a very clear and concise idea about what script is: something similar to a form to fill in. And they usually do it using a very long dialogue. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Once again I’ m going to tackle the task of teaching scriptwriting. It is incredible how teaching scriptwriting can teach you about the subject. I love cinema, no matter from which point of view, and one the most fascinating things about it is the fact that you never finish learning about it.