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How to Begin Writing a Screenplay

How to Begin Writing a Screenplay

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How To Begin Writing A Screenplay Assignment One: Writing Your Short Synopsis OK, this article is for those writers who aren't sure how or where to begin writing a screenplay. We're going to start from the very beginning. Let me start off by saying that every writer is unique therefore each writer has a preferred writing method. Only you can explore the different methods and choose what works best for you. I simply
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How To Begin Writing A Screenplay Assignment One: Writing Your Short Synopsis OK, this article is for those writers who aren't sure how or where to begin writing a screenplay. We're going to start from the very beginning. Let me start off by saying that every writer is unique therefore each writer has a preferred writing method. Only you can explore the different methods and choose what works best for you. I simply

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How To Begin Writing A ScreenplayAssignment One: Writing Your Short SynopsisOK, this article is for those writers who aren't sure how orwhere to begin writing a screenplay. We're going to start fromthe very beginning. Let me start off by saying that every writeris unique therefore each writer has a preferred writing method.Only you can explore the different methods and choose whatworks best for you. I simply bring you my experience and bestadvice. There are few things you are going to need to help youget started.· Something to write on· Something to write withI know, you just spent $300.00 on the best super duperscreenwriting software on the market and I just told you allyou are going to need are a pen and paper. Trust me, you'regoing to need the software and as a writer that's the singlebest investment you ever made. You just don't need it rightnow. Be patient. You'll get there.The basis of every good screenplay is a good story. The firstthing you need to figure out before you start typing is whatyour story is. Yes, you can put pen to blank paper and beginwriting dialogue scattered with great scenes and charactersbut that all means nothing unless you're telling a good story.Some screenwriters tape their story to a corkboard or eventheir computer monitors so they never forget why they satdown to write in the first place.You should be able to tell us what your story is in just a fewsentences. You can do this by writing what we call a shortsynopsis. This is where your pen and paper come in. Before youwrite down the short synopsis to your own film make sure youknow what one is. Here is an example of one from a wellknown film.EXERCISE ONEBelow are a list of popular films. With your pen and paperwrite down what you think the basic story (synopsis) is. Trust
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me, it's not as easy as it looks. Even if you think you know it inyour head write it down. This will get your brain thinking interms of story and that's exactly what you want. Once you havefinished writing the synopses for that film click on the filmstitle and a synopsis for the film will appear. Your synopsis willnever match word for word but hopefully you've captured thebasic story.Stand By MeThe Shawshank RedemptionTrue LiesEXERCISE TWONow that you know what a short synopsis is, it's time towrite your own. On a new sheet of paper write a short synopsisfor the screenplay you are planning on writing. It should onlybe a few sentences long. Once you've written down the storyyou would like to tell, take that piece of paper and hide it. Don'tlook at it for one or two weeks. Then read it again and see if it's the same story you want to tell. Writing a screenplay takesmonths if not years and if you're already bored with your storyafter one week, then it's not the story you should considerwriting. If the idea still strikes you as exciting then you nowhave your story for your screenplay.Spend at least two weeks on this assignment then check backto see what we'll be working on next.
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CONCEPTConjure up an exceptional concept, premise, or theme for yourmovie considering: autobiography/biography, big vs. small,chick flicks, imagination, impact on writer, metaphor,originality, and universality.concept· a general idea derived or inferred from specific instancesor occurrences.· something formed in the mind; a thought or notion.motif · recurrent thematic element in an artistic or literary work.· in literature and the fine arts, a salient feature or elementof a composition or work; esp., the theme, or central ordominant feature; specif. (music), a motive.premise· a proposition upon which an argument is based or fromwhich a conclusion is drawn.· v.t. set forth beforehand, or as introductory to the mainsubject; to offer previously, as something to explain or aid inunderstanding what follows; especially, to lay down premisesor first propositions, on which rest the subsequent reasonings.Theme· a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary orartistic work; "it was the usual 'boy gets girl' theme"AUTOBIOGRAPHY/BIOGRAPHYStories best suited for cinema have strong dramatic structure.Such stories are often difficult to pull out of biographies asthese tend to be chronologically linear and difficult toencapsulate in a launch-story-climax design. Strong cinematiclife stories do indeed tell such a story, carefully extracted by askillful writer, but the challenge might best be saved for laterscripts. Where no cinematic story can be extracted from a lifeor true story--e.g., a romance, another relationship, a challengeor series of similar challenges--generating a theme might serve
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