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Screenwriting-Before you start your script

Posted on: January 11th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Here are some great tips to help you before you actually start your script.. Via Jeanne Bowerman:

1. Do a vomit writing sprint of the idea to try to flush it out a bit and brainstorm the “what if?” question at every turn.
2. Logline: That’s key. Make sure it shows all the conflict possible in the story.
3. Character bios and backstory. A lot of this never makes it to the script, but it helps me get to know the characters I’m going to spend many months with… if not years. Identifying their wound is key.
4. Beat sheet: A good example is one by Michael Hauge and Chris Volger’s The Hero’s 2 Journeys (DVD). Love their approach on matching plot points to character development.
5. Fill in the beats with scenes (or sequences of scenes) to make a full outline.
6. Write a synopsis. This helps me see the holes in the story.
7. Adjust the beat sheet if need be.
8. Import the outline into Final Draft with sluglines. That way your never looking at a white page :)

Tips On Freewriting

Posted on: May 14th, 2011 by admin 1 Comment

If your struggling with your writing and still see a blank document on your computer screen or a very clean piece of paper here’s a couple of tips that have helped me.

-Let go of the expectation of creating something “groundbreaking” and “Amazing” just write and keep going. It is all about getting words out and getting in the motion of writing.. it’s suppose to be fun and stress relieving so keep it like that

-Start Freewriting with sentences like “I remember when”… then go off on writing about your memories and then from there you can go somewhere else and so on

Happy writing!