What does it take to be a ScreenwriterSo what does it take to be a screenwriter?
How long does it take on board to make a screenplay?
These are the best responses, so my response only aims to emphasise some of the points already mentioned in more detail and to provide a more individual view of the core aspects that influence the speed at which a script is written. For most of my screenplays, it usually lasts six to eight week until I've finished a first design when I try to create it at a steady, constant rate.
This can vary by about a whole month, according to your levels of energetic and enthusiasticism. But two month is probably a good time. However, on the whole it is typical - not always, for those who just want to jump in at the cold end, but for most of us as a rule - that every single days you spent preparing for the frontend can help you saving money at the backend.
Sketching, tracing, breaking up the file and creating this beautiful life-saving index card tray can take two to three week of disappointment, but it will spare you a lot of long-term savings. Personally, and I promise you that's the truth - I've done three full-length scenarios (two full-length scenarios and a one-hour TV pilot) in twelve or less of them.
It took one of them three working nights to make a first sketch of the script: but I first made a general description of the plot, then biographies for my actors about their past, etc. (although almost none of them were included in the script), a series and a plank (indexes of every shot glued onto my cardboard to easily remove, edit and rearrange them, etc.), which probably cost me two of them.
As I received remarks for a new version from the producer, I was able to tear off these indexes, re-write them and in less than a weeks reorganize the history and submit a finished new design. That was only possible because I worked seven day a week with frontend elevation, which later relieved the workload.
If I' m going to create my own script, I'll be spending a lot of my free day with the front-end shop and working through it until I'm familiar with the character and sequence, because I have my own script. However, if I am paying to finish a job by a certain date, it can take two month or two week, and I have to finish in the given period.
For example, during the 2011 earthquake and the 2011 tidal wave, I was recruited to re-write a story in just a few short months. As I got it, it turned out to be a new version, because the productions had been stopped verbatim, because the scenario was not able to continue.
So I could have given the cash back and retired, but I chose to do it anyway, which involved rebuilding the storyline from the ground up and creating my own new account of the storyline (I used the central theme but then reworked most of the storyline and events) and the screenplay (I used less than 20% of the contents of the initial screenplay version) in just 14 day's time.
For about five and a half day I was up without a nap, but in about twelve working nights I was through. Had I had four week to do it, I would have slept and taken more front-end set-up and probably delivered it in about three or a little more than that.
I' m applauding anyone who can make scripts without taking down sketches and contours and biographies and sequences, I've tried it a few tries and just spent a few months because I finally had to begin all over again -- with contours and biographies and sequences and indexes first, what I should have done.
Accept categories, you' ll be learning the abbreviations of your softwriting (you need to have some softwares, if you try to use Room-Space-Space-Space-Space-Space-Space on a portable typemaker or Word file to manually append page borders etc, you'll become crazy, so you get the software). Become good at it, become good and organised in the front-end preparation, and you will write your script in half the amount of or less than it would need you otherwise.