Screenwriting : Scriptwriting basics by Scott Michael Kimball

Scriptwriting basics

Just curious if anyone knows of some good resources that detail the fundamentals of script writing. Thanks!

Tony Cella

This forum. Some of the screenwriters have been produced.

William Martell

Either before or after or during going to Wordplay, read a stack of screenplays until you think in screenplay. I also have a website with free script tips every day.

Scott Michael Kimball

Reading other screenplays is definitely something I need to work on.

Craig D Griffiths

People say read screenplays, they don't tell you how. Read them forensically. Look at how the writer did scene description, how they handled action sequences, this is why you are reading screenplays. I read a few and then had a chat with someone that had read the same screenplays as me. I had loved the read, they saw the craft. So I went back and read them this time as a practitioner, not a fan. The quicker you get to seeing the craft in stories the sooner you'll be a writer. WARNING Once you see the craft behind the story telling movies may be ruined for you.

Dan Guardino

I agree with reading screenplays is a good thing to do but make sure you know what the difference between a shooting script and a spec screenplay. There are some differences and people that write shooting scripts tend to do some things would not want to do in a spec.

Christian Pius

I agree with Craig. Reading a screenplay and paying attention to its format and style of writing will set you up pretty fast. Every writer has a distinct style of writing though. But there is a general method for screenplays---writing in the present tense, writing what is seen. Its cool and more fun, unlike writing a narrative for a prose or something...

Scott Michael Kimball

Dan what are the differences between a shooting script and a spec script?

Pierre Langenegger

Scott, there are quite a few differences with some being very subtle, but the most obvious differences would be that shooting scripts contain scene numbers and camera directions such as PAN, ECU, etc. Formatting for spec scripts is a little more stringent as a way of showing the industry that you know how to write a script by employing the same basic format that all spec scripts should follow before you let loose with assignment writing ;)

Scott Michael Kimball

Thanks Pierre! I would say that I'm definitely still in the spec script phase - not really in a rush to move beyond that at the moment.

Dan Guardino

Scott. What Pierre said.

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