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Making a Movie Script? - THAT Script Won't Be Made Into a Movie

December 07, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 126

If you've been tapped on the shoulder, slapped in the face or been hounded by the Writing Gods who have made you feel consumed with a 'great idea' to make a movie script, I salute you. Curse those playful Writing Gods who tinker and seduce unknowing, wide-eyed & bushy-tailed aspiring writers. Good news is - there actually isn't any other way to get there. Writing is a passion and comes from inspiration. Writing Gods tap away.

If you're perplexed and not knowing where to start, I insist you start with Blake Snyder's Save the Cat! books. It's not enough to just love watching movies and think you can do a better job. It's not enough to have written short stories or even published a book. Scriptwriting is a very formatted and unique art form that you really do have to learn the craft of.

Save the Cat! is still considered the bible among Hollywood execs. It is an easy to read, very insightful and thee most important book you must read as a scriptwriter. While there are always exceptions to the rule(s) its imperative for an aspiring writer who is writing spec scripts to adhere to industry standards, for example:

1. Use scriptwriting software

2. Keep your script under 110 pages (95 to 105 is best)

3. Don't write a script with directions in it

4. Don't write a script with production wording in it

5. Write a spec script with an engaging story & know your vibrant, exciting characters

6. In hard copy that means - printed on 3-hole punch paper only!!

7. Never use bold

8. Do not do (...) dot, dot, dot

9. WOW them in the first 5 lines, first page, first 5 pages if you want your script read

10. Write to sell!

The exact script you are writing will never (yes, I said NEVER) be made into a movie. I hear some of you say "what?", and I repeat - that spec script you are writing will never be made into a movie. You are writing it to show your writing ability in movie format to deliver a marketable, salable script idea. So, with that being said, and now I have your attention, let me explain.

As an aspiring writer your script is a sample of your ability to write. If you're smart you must write to sell - meaning - have a simple and easy to read story on the page that really engages your Reader emotionally, be sure your script has been proofread, be sure your script has gone through a story analysis (which includes info on your characters), and be sure your script looks professional and is in proper industry format. A pro Reader who holds your career in their hands can thumb through a script never having read the title and know where you are at as a writer and decide in under a minute if they want to take hours of their time to read your script or just go on to the next one. Put your marketing beanie on - make your script look professional & write to really WOW them on the first page so they will be interested enough to read it all the way through.

While you may (at first) be at the mercy of the Writing Gods you will be able to, with some practice and honing your scriptwriting craft via professional feedback, be able to manually craft your work of scriptwriting art, rather than be a toy for the Writing Gods to play with. To make your voice heard - find your voice, work with the Writing Gods & a professional and know what to get out of them. You can one-up the Writing Gods by being well-read and knowledgeable about the craft of scriptwriting, but book learning only isn't enough. Then, you'll really be getting somewhere and on the road to truly being a writer (which means being a re-writer as well). To your passion and success as a writer, I say think big.

Lena Banks Founder-Think Tank Ink MasterMind INKubator for Scriptwriters-where writers become GREAT writers. Workshops in LA & UK. A Pro Hollywood Reader (18 years). Pro Hollywood Script Reader for literary agents & mangers, producers, studios & writers. Writer's Kick-Ass Muse & The Bitch With the Red Pen (an iron will with an angel's touch) as a fanatical proofreader, expert script-tech fixer, & Mentor. Literary Agent & Manager Liaison - I help new writers get IN.

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