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HOW TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY
When writing a SCREENPLAY, it's all about CHARACTER, PLOT, and THEME - the three cornerstones to telling a great story.
Below is Part One of NOTES you need to think about when writing a script. Whether you're a seasoned script writer or just a beginner, these notes should be insightful for all - and it beats reading those long drawn-out books on the subject.
Make sure you check out our NOTES ON PITCHING YOUR STORY to the industry too!
"A good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue."-David Mamet
FOUR STAGES OF ANY SCREENPLAY1. THE STORY CONCEPT - A single sentence telling who the hero of the story is and what he/she wants to accomplish
3. PLOT STRUCTURE - The events of the story and the relationship of the characters; determines what happens in the story and when it happens
4. THE INDIVIDUAL SCENES - The way the words are laid out on the page - the format, and how one writes action, description and dialogue to increase emotional involvement.
STORY ALWAYS BEGINS WITH A WHAT IF? QUESTION
IT IS STORY ABOUT A _____________ WHO _____________
Every movie needs THRILLS, LAUGHS and TEARS
QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ANSWER BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO WRITE
Whose story is it
Who do I care about, identify with, follow in this film?To what extent do I see the story through a specific person's point of view?
Where do I start the scene/end the scene?
What is the point of the scene?Why include the scene at all?
What's the most important information the audience needs to get from the scene?
What is the scene's focus?
Where is the scene heading?
Does the scene move the story further?
Does the scene have a direction? A sense of going somewhere? A point to make?
Do I get out of the scene after the point is made?
Have I remembered that scenes are about images?
Have I remembered to play the image, to play the conflict, to play the emotions, rather than simply play the information?
Is the relationship of my scenes interesting?
Are my scenes repetitive? Flat? Boring? Or is there something dramatic and fascinating happening?
Will the audience be entertained?
ELEMENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCREENPLAY
PEOPLE ALWAYS WANT TO CONNECT TO A FILM
CREATIVE STEPS IN WRITING A SCREENPLAY
Research of MEMORY
Research of IMAGINATION
Research of FACT-Research the setting and character you're writing about.
CREATIVITY MEANS CREATIVE CHOICES ABOUT WHAT TO INCLUDE AND WHAT TO EXCLUDE
"I steal from every movie ever made."-Quentin Tarantino
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