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What is a screenplay

What is a screenplay

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Published by Gina Hernandez
A beginner's guide to turning the creative vision in one's mind into a movie script.
A beginner's guide to turning the creative vision in one's mind into a movie script.

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Published by: Gina Hernandez on Aug 03, 2013
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Become A Hollywood Script Writer
A Beginners Guide To Screenplay Writing
http://www.howtowriteascreenplaythatsells.com  by J. Arthur How many times have you watched a boring movie and felt that even though you haven'tactually written a screenplay, you can still tell a story better than that
Hollywood script writer 
?
 Maybe it's time for you to stop being a "wishful player" and produce that story that's beenswirling around in that creative brain of yours all these years.The question for most beginners is; "How do I put my story into a screenplay format?What
is
a screenplay exactly? How is it structured? How does one describe characters,scenes, environments, etc.? How do I write a screenplay that will sell?There always seems to be such a lack of appropriate guidance and tips on how to startsuch a challenge.Sure, you can find suggestions online, you may even come across some valuableinstruction, but it always seems to fall just short of what you truly need in order to bringyour story to life.Likewise, when you ask someone of authority
how to write a screenplay
, chances arehigh that they will
not 
 provide you with the true guidance in which to see your visioncome to life.After all, a professional Hollywood script writer won't be roaming around your neighborhood, knocking on your door, and giving you advice on how to write it (let alonewhat production companies and executives would be seeking your script). Nonetheless, there are some tricks and tips you should know before you hit thatkeyboard.
Trick #1: To Dream In A Professional Manner
So here you are, you've got your story in your mind (where it has been locked away for some time more than likely) and your convinced it will be highly engaging to anaudience.
 
 You believe in your characters, the plot, the sub-plot, the location, all of it...but everytime you sit behind the keyboard, your mind draws a blank and your vision quicklyrecedes back into dreamland.Don't misunderstand me, you must dream your tale before it becomes a reality, the trick is to dream professionally...meaning you must dream your script as you pound the keyson your keyboard.Imagination only takes you so far until
work 
must take over.Don't worry about writer's block. Every writer experiences days in which nothing willcome forth. Every script has had moments when "writer's block" freezes the artist's mindto the point where it's difficult to even type the word, "Hello".The key to you creating the next Hollywood script is to fight that mind-freeze and pushthrough the fog, even when you have convinced yourself you'd be better off watching amovie then writing one.
Trick #2: Believable Characters
One of the single greatest challenges for novice writers is getting their characters believable and likeable (or not-likable). You've got to getThe audience caring about them in one way or the other, so when something happens tothe individual characters, the one reading the script is moved, either to joy or sadness, pain or comfort, etc.How does one do that? One very good piece of advice is to write what you already know.In other words, pick someone you have known -or do know- and describe that person'squirks, likes, dislikes, habits, mannerism, sense of humor, and all the little things thatmake them who they are.You can always "tweak" those descriptions to more accurately fit the characters in your screenplay, but it's a solid place to start.
 
Building off this knowledgeable foundation will produce highly believable andinteresting characters (granted that the person you are basing them on is not mind-numbingly dull. Yet, on the other hand, one of your characters might be required to bethat way...it's your script, you know who they are...or at least you should).You need to understand them before your reader can.At the same token, sometimes your characters will surprise you as he/she evolves.Sometimes they may even spook you a bit. That is often a natural progress as they arecoming to literary life. You should not fear this, on the contrary, roll with it and seewhere it takes you (as long as you keep your screenplay on track, otherwise it can beconstrued as lack of focus).Another tricky realm is
describing 
those traits I mentioned in your characters in order to bring them to life. There's a saying in writing (book or screenplay) and it goes;"Show don't tell."
For example:
 You don't want to write (
tell)
the reader that one of your characters is tall by saying;"Bob is very tall."That is lacking in imagination and it loses the interest of the reader quickly. Your characters need to resemble real life beings, and if you think about it, in reality manytraits are not spoken are they? No...they are shown.You would want to describe
(show)
Bob's height;"Bob's lanky frame barely fit through the doorway as he ducked slightly to enter theroom." (description in a novel)To describe (
 show
) someone who is large one might say;"Mark was stuffed in the chair in front of the desk." (Screen play description)That tells the reader either Mark is a big-boy, or the chair is too small for him. Of coursewhich ever point you want to get across will be up to you. Defining the difference between the two could be as easy as saying;"Mark was stuffed into the child's chair in front of the desk."Something like that.

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