Development: Script Introduction

The most effective way to do it is to do it.
— Toni Cade Bambara
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Thankfully, we stand on the shoulders of those that come before us. Therefore, we have a number of resources to draw from including but not limited to Black Feminist texts in our introduction to scriptwriting from Sangodare’s Black Feminist approach. The introductory texts are drawn from:

  • Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions
    by Toni Cade Bambara.
    edited by Toni Morrison

  • Daughters of the Dust:
    The Making of an African American Woman's Film

    by Julie Dash

  • Spirituality as Ideology in Black Women's Film and Literature
    by Judylyn S. Ryan

  • Soul Talk: The New Spirituality of African American Women
    by Akasha Gloria Hull


In addition to learning what a script is and how it functions in the filmmaking process, in the introductory script writing course you will learn specific tools and techniques for developing your characters and story. Successful scripts can be used in future filmmaking courses.

  • Script Structure & Format

  • Vocabulary

  • Script Analysis -
    drawing story elements and themes out of scenes from existing scripts
    (like Daughters of the Dust)

  • Script Development -
    creating story elements from scratch for your own short scipt

  • BONUS: Character Development as Ancestral Remembrance

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Materials ONLY

You can purchase access to the materials and activities to do a BFFS Introduction to Scriptwriting Self Study.

Note: This will not fulfill any pre-requisite requirements for future workshops nor make you eligible to have your projects developed by bffs.

ENROLL In the workshop

Select the “ENROLL” button above to enroll in the workshop. Attendance and completion of all projects within the workshop will give you access to enroll in other workshops and courses in the series. It will also give you access to submitting scripts for further bffs development.