Tips in writing Screen play

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Tips in writing Screen play

Postby Bryant08 » Sep 27, 2010 5:35 pm

hi guys I'm planning to write a screen play to be perform during our town festival.

but i don't have any idea what to start.

I've been written poems and some short story but its my first time to write screenplay.

can any one help or give me some tips, thanks guys.

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Re: Tips in writing Screen play

Postby forty » Sep 28, 2010 1:56 am

Choose one of your short stories. You already have a beginning and end and a subconscious idea about your characters. Expand that.

Brokeback Mountain was an expansion of a short story written by Annie Proulx.

The same technique applies.

The expansion follows a certain pattern ( see )

The formatting follows a certain pattern (see ... tting.html )

Then, certain processes will more likely lead to success - for example, stick to one story until it it finished (don't keep restarting new screenplays everytime you have an idea or you'll just end up with a stack of unfinished ones etc); give yourself a time limit, which will help concentration and force out ideas etc.

Good Luck.
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Re: Tips in writing Screen play

Postby thinkingcaps » Oct 13, 2013 10:44 am

Don't restrict yourself to a particular genre, especially if nobody has dictated the theme for the festival. Let your ideas flow freely, and then create a mindmap that includes your characters, themes, etc. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Ideas tend to come when you are relaxed ( due to frequency of brain waves ). Also, make sure to adhere to the format of screenplays. Best of luck!


Re: Tips in writing Screen play

Postby fastnas78 » Nov 16, 2013 9:50 am

Hi :D

When I want to start to write a screenplay, I would start with a Blank document. Create a List out of it. Break it down into "ACTS".

For example:
Act ONE (p1-25)
Act TWO (p25-55)
Act THREE (p55-85)
Act FOUR (p85-110)

Also in your first 10 pages you should have introduced all your Characters.

Also make sure that your Opening Image makes a "Good First Impression"

Make the Hero of your script likable by the Audience and the Bad guy hated. Make the Audience connect with your hero.

A good resource I found was the book "Save The Cat!", by Blake Snyder

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