Write a movie script
Are you a writer? Hey, join the club. There are many of us out there trying hard to hone our craft. Whether it’s journalism, fiction, essays, or screenwriting, we all just want to make a living at it. That’s the true goal of a writer. Make a living doing what you love. Anyway, I am one of the many who love to write movies. Have you ever attempted to write a movie script? It’s certainly not as easy as it looks. There is a definite structure and process that go along with crafting a decent flick from scratch. You have to remember that you’re basically building the skeleton for a greater thing. However, if you love to write and movies are your passion, then maybe screenwriting is right for you. Want to learn how to write a movie script? Let me toss in my two cents.
Back when I went to college, I knew I wanted to do something with writing. It wasn’t until later on that I came to the epiphany about writing movies. One day I was flipping through a cinema magazine and saw an article on a screenwriter. As I read it, I realized that it was something I would enjoy. I then wanted to learn how to write a movie script. Therefore, it was off to film class. Soon I was in a screenwriting class, and before I knew it I had a minor in film. After taking the much-needed writing course and reading a few great books on screenwriting, I felt pretty prepared to sit down and write a movie script. So I did. Of course it was a horror flick. That was the perfect choice for my first work.
I love horror movies! Let me tell you how I began. It all starts with an idea. What is your great film idea? Is it truly original, or has it been done to death? You’ll want to create an outline depicting how you want the film to play out. This is not too difficult if you already know where you want to go with it. Of course it can change constantly down the road. When you write a movie script, you break it down into three acts. Certain things need to take place in each act. Although it may sound rather formulaic, some things are standard in this form of writing. If you are serious about crafting films and you have full intention to write a movie script that will sell, then I suggest you pick up a few books on screenwriting first. Hop online and check out the variety on Amazon.com. Oh, and don’t forget to start your flick with an amazing hook. It should come quick in order to keep the reader interested.
What makes selling Scripts?
Before we can delve into scriptwriting, you may be wondering, what is a script? A script simply refers to a document that tells a story by outlining every visual, lingual, behavioral and aural element that is necessary to make a complete story. Yes, I said an outline. This is because in the world of scriptwriting and screen writing, there are many people involved in the making of a film. A film production is a collaborative medium that involves a director, editor, production crew and the cast and all of these will be working with the story outline that is available. It is not necessary that they consult you as the script writer. Other writers may even be brought in and do a re-write of your outline. Due to all of this, a script outline needs to conform to a specific format and notations and have some typical elements that are used in screen writing.
In scriptwriting, it is important to remember that this is a visual medium and you will be showing the audience your story and not telling them. What does this mean? It means that when writing your pieces, you have to write them visually. You have to write what will be heard and what will be seen. This is the discipline that is demanded in scriptwriting as well as screen writing. Ensure that you write the pictures, sounds and words and leave the rest to the film makers. What makes a good story? What should you include in your works to make them selling pieces? Try to think of the movies that captivated you. Why did the characters sweep you away? Yes, emotions. Try to get your audience involved. People not only want to hear and see people on the screen, they want to feel the characters, the emotions, and they want to be passionate about the characters.
How do you ensure that your scripts produce such powerful emotions? Try to have some conflict in the scripts. Conflict is the heart of the drama and in scriptwriting, it is achieved by showing the struggle of a character trying to get something or attaining a goal. These conflicts can be physical or emotional and can involve tangible and intangible things. Scriptwriting also demands that you have a hook. A good enough hook that plays well in the story will set your script apart from the rest of the pack.