A world-building script is defined as a screenplay where the writer introduces a new
world that has different customs and rules that must be explained. World-building scripts
are most often associated with science fiction and fantasy genres because the settings,
environments and elements of how the world works and functions, are so completely
different from what we experience in our everyday lives. Arguably, every script is a
world-building script because the reader is entering the screenwriter's imagination
and must learn the rules of your characters' realm. Writing a successful screenplay
requires a complete understanding of the reality of the fictional world you are creating.
Readers need to suspend disbelief and jump into your screenplay with full understanding
and awesome wonder.
This course will offer specific tips for creating and implementing advice on building the
world of your screenplay. Research advice and tips, strengthening visual storytelling
in action paragraphs, developing and implementing settings, examining character
and plot conflict as it relates to your settings, and genre consistency, will also be
covered in this class. Original and unique worlds will set your script apart from the
other screenplays, vying for attention from film executives; this course will also
discuss understanding film industry folks' expectations without compromising
your vision and creativity.
Susan Kouguell, award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, is the author of Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! A comprehensive guide to crafting winning characters with film analyses and screenwriting exercises and The Savvy Screenwriter: How to Sell Your Screenplay (and Yourself) Without Selling Out! She is a regular contributor to IndieWire/SydneysBuzz, Script Magazine, The Script Lab, Screenwriters Utopia, NewEnglandFilm.com, and wrote a chapter in NOW WRITE! Screenwriting: Exercises by Today's Best Screenwriters, Teachers and Consultants. Kouguell teaches screenwriting and film at SUNY Purchase, and presents international seminars.