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MINUTE MOVIES are a fun form to try writing. They’re scripts for a film that should be no more than a minute (or at most 1.5 minutes) long. So the script can’t be more than 1.5 pages. They tend to focus on a simple incident. Their story rhythms can be similar to humorous cartoon strips like the ones below:

This script would work for a minute movie:

For this week’s assignment, write one MINUTE MOVIE (no more than two pages long) and one TEN MINUTE SHORT (no more than ten pages long). Email them to before class. 

If you feel stuck (no ideas), or want to try something that moves you out of your usual writing zone, start from the prompts below. Just randomly choose two characters, one prop, and a location for each script.

Or, as always, you can ignore the prompts and write whatever you want.


The general thinking among screenwriters is that movies can have one genre or two. If they have more than two, they tend to become unfocused and not have a clear target audience. (If you pitch a screenplay, the first thing the person interviewing you will ask is “What’s your genre?” so you want to have an answer in mind.)

Choose at least one of the genres below for each of your scripts:

  • Action
  • Superhero
  • Martial arts
  • Comedy
  • Black comedy
  • Crime
  • Gangster
  • Buddy film
  • Cop drama
  • Drama
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Thriller
  • Musical
  • Western
  • Crime Thriller
  • Disaster Thriller
  • Psychological Thriller
  • Techno Thriller
  • Coming of age movie
  • Courtroom movie
  • Fantasy
  • Epic fantasy
  • Fairy tale
  • Fish out of water
  • Historical drama
  • Dramady
  • Rom com


Choose one or more for each script

  1. Sam or Samantha ––– an ex-con
  2. Lennon ––– sales clerk in store
  3. Hollis ––– animal trainer
  4. Mickey ––– security guard
  5. Perry ––– law clerk
  6. Jimmy –––– beautician; runs a small shop
  7. Jules ––– spy
  8. Tyler ––– blogger
  9. Clark –––– owns and manages an escape room business
  10. Storm ––– nurse
  11. Dakota ––– psychologist
  12. Ridley, Ms. Ridley or Mr. Ridley ––– high school teacher
  13. Holman ––– possible serial killer
  14. Charlie ––– recent college graduate ––– unemployed

PROPS – pick one or two for each script, and see if you can fit them in in an organic way:

  1. pill bottle
  2. flashlight
  3. carton of eggs
  4. glock
  5. knife
  6. vinegar camcorder
  7. glass of wine
  8. teddy bear
  9. light bulb
  10. duct tape
  11. old dial-up phone
  12. ball point pen
  13. ipad
  14. oven mitt
  15. refrigerator