Writing a good ScreenplayWrite a good script
8-steps tutorial for writing large scripts
You' ll Ever Need has quickly become a major screenwriter of the future. It was first presented to me in 2011 during my first year of study in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programme in Screenplay and Film at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. During this special writing category I found many other important elements or "stages" to create the story.
The most I have learnt is that good movie narratives are unforgettable and powerful for a reason: words are not put together by chance or by a mad 4-hour journey. Making a great script takes a great deal of work and preparedness before writing the first slug line on page one. This is an 8-step tutorial for writing great scripts that I learnt in this school.
Focus on destilling your big storyline ideas in one snippet. Which are the words that make a readership read your tale after having read JUST ONE CENTENCE? When we cannot sum up our ideas in one phrase, it becomes clear that we have not thought our ideas through sufficiently.
It can be intoxicating, but it's work. When it' good, it has all the characteristics of a winnin'. When it is good, it will take you through the difficult parts of the writing proces. When it' s good, it is the test between you and the manufacturer to whom you sell your film.
It is a funny phase in which, for the first case, the whole arch of the tale is written down in a condensed "prose" edition, which finally becomes a "script-formatted" one. Imagine you had a two-page summary of The Lord of the Flies in English for the tenth World War.
Similarly, a biological nature of your personality requires us to take some of your personalities to "X-Box" in near-realtime: the main protagonists, the bad guy (antagonist), and these handfuls of other important side personalities that will form and move the game. Normally 5-7 biographies, incl. the Heroes and the Villains, are enough for a few heels.
Put it in the first character to really get inside their head. I wrote my own blogs in which I research the Snyder's Beatsheet much more extensively. As soon as the beatsheet is ready, it's primordial to go under the bonnet of each of the main sequences and begin writing what will happen: the growing conflicts, the solution, the new turns, the new clues, the relaxation of the moment, the excitement, the planning, ambitions, the opposition's plan.
It is not necessary to fully explain every individual sequence, but a good proportion of them should be initialed. It' just an extended variation of the beatsheet, usually 2-4x as long as the beat-sheet. Yes, sometimes you get the feeling you spend a great deal of your life in front of a ceramics enthron, but it's not that terrible.
Simply writing, writing, writing, writing. It' also known as a barf scheme because it's gonna be awful, maybe really awful, but that's okay. Well, at least it is transferred to an original script format film! Consider it: you've gone through the log line, two-page summary, biography of characters, beatsheet, tap outlines.... you've done it all.
You' ve just finished a script! You can take some sabbatical. Invite a few confidants to review it and give you genuine feed-back (some should be script authors, others should be non-writers). Reception of good and evil. I' d think most scripts that have been made went through 5-10 designs or from the author or a writing staff.... some even more than 10 designs or different version/angle.
It' all good. Then pass the narrative on to someone else who interprets it from their perspective: the producer, the producer, the director, the cameraman, the producer and perhaps most importantly: the actor! If you don't intend to write, shoot, conduct, play, cut and evaluate everything yourself, then you have to keep your own history aloose.