The advantage is that they regard Hollywood as a money-making machine; they are not interested in helping you generate your brilliant literary idea, simply in creating a salable screenplay. Sometimes that's exactly what one needs.
It takes an immense amount of work to take an idea from inception all the way through to the final writing stages of being written into a screenplay. If you put in the hours and do the work the right way, however, the final result will be one that you can not only be proud of, but might actually be able to sell to a production company.
How to Write a Screenplay for a Movie Start with a synopsis. If you have a great idea for a concept, that's just the seed from which your story must grow. Your concept should be able to be written into a one sentence statement called a "log line.
There must be something that happens to the protagonist early on in that sets the story in motion. This is called the inciting incident. Once the inciting incident gives the protagonist a goal to reach, you must set up a series of obstacles that the protagonist must overcome, each becoming successively harder and harder to get through, that leads the protagonist to the final and greatest hurdle of the story, after which they may or may not achieve the great goal that they have been striving for since the inciting incident.
Write the simple description of these events out in no more than two pages. This is your synopsis. Build a detailed outline. Going from your synopsis, begin to flesh out, scene by scene, how each action the protagonist takes and each choice she makes either brings her closer or farther away from her ultimate goal.
These can be steps forward or set backs that are either monumental or miniscule. The choice is yours, but make the series of events build a momentum that will keep your audience engaged while watching your film. Be as specific as you can, when outlining each scene, about how each scene moves the protagonist closer or farther away from the ultimate goal.
Expand the outline into a treatment. Once your detailed outline is finished, begin writing the treatment. The treatment is essentially everything that will go into the screenplay, except the dialogue.
Because film is a visual medium, the last thing that you must add is dialogue. Go into great detail and describe every physical thing that the audience will see on the screen as they are watching the movie.
Describe the conversations that the characters have, but do not write the dialogue. Writing your treatment is a time consuming process. Do not rush yourself, or the result will be shoddy.Great ideas are a dime a dozen, but a fully realized screenplay can be worth a lot of money.
It takes an immense amount of work to take an idea from inception all the way through to the final writing stages of being written into a screenplay.
Examine the technique of writing a script and complete a worksheet in which young writers summarize a favorite chapter in a Harry Potter book. They practice public speaking by acting out the summarization scenes for classmates. I learned the writing craft from books about writing nonfiction and fiction, plays and poetry, and even screenwriting (by the way, if you want to write for the silver screen, Save the Cat is the essential guide).
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