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1. Program Overview and Objectives:

  • Objective: Equip SATO48 filmmakers to expand their five-minute film submissions into detailed 20-minute scripts, culminating in a live script reading session for peer and expert feedback.

  • Target Participants: Filmmakers from SATO48 who are interested in developing their short films into more extensive projects.

2. Workshops and Training Sessions:

  • Screenwriting Workshops: Focus on aspects of script expansion, storytelling, and character arc development.

  • Industry Expert Panels: Provide insights on scriptwriting, adaptation, and the transition from short films to longer formats.

  • Peer Review and Collaborative Workshops: Facilitate sessions for peer feedback and collaborative discussions on script development.

3. Mentorship and Guidance:

  • Mentor Pairing: Assign mentors from the industry and SATO48 Academy for personalized script development guidance.

  • Progress Tracking: Regular meetings and check-ins to track script progress and provide targeted advice.

4. Script Development Resources:

  • Scriptwriting Tools: Access to professional scriptwriting software and resources.

  • Digital Resource Library: Include materials on scriptwriting, narrative structure, and successful case studies.

5. Script Reading Session Preparation:

  • Script Finalization: Guide participants to finalize their 20-minute scripts for the reading session.

  • Presentation Skills Workshop: Train participants in effective presentation and reading skills for the live session.

6. Live Script Reading Session:

  • Event Organization: Arrange a venue for the script reading session where participants present their scripts to an audience of fellow filmmakers and industry professionals.

  • Feedback Collection: Facilitate a structured feedback session post-readings, enabling participants to gain valuable insights and suggestions for script refinement.

7. Post-Session Development and Pitching:

  • Revision Workshops: Post-feedback, conduct sessions to help participants fine-tune their scripts based on the input received.

  • Pitching Training: Train participants on pitching their refined scripts to producers and investors.

8. Showcasing and Networking:

  • Industry Showcase Event: Host a final event for participants to present their polished scripts to a wider audience, including potential investors and industry contacts.

  • Networking Opportunities: Create platforms for participants to engage with industry professionals and explore collaboration opportunities.

9. Continuous Evaluation and Improvement:

  • Script Assessments: Expert panel evaluations of the scripts at different stages.

  • Program Feedback: Regular participant feedback to continuously improve the program.

10. Funding and Venue Arrangements:

  • Sponsorships and Partnerships: Seek support for funding and venue arrangements for the script reading sessions.

  • Venue Coordination: Ensure the availability and suitability of venues for both workshops and the live script reading event.


Program Timeline and Application Process:

  • Detailed Timeline: Outline a clear timeline from the initial workshops to the final script reading session.

  • Application Criteria: Set up criteria for filmmakers to apply, emphasizing commitment to developing and presenting their scripts.


This revised program structure for "Prime for Development" not only aids filmmakers in expanding their short films into more comprehensive scripts but also provides them with a practical platform to test their scripts in a real-world setting and refine them based on constructive feedback. This holistic approach can significantly enhance the quality of their final scripts and better prepare them for future opportunities in the film industry.

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