Any writer who enjoys reading books and reinterprets them as movies, can seamlessly transition to screenwriting. So, what does a screenwriter do?
In simple terms, he/she writes scripts that are filmed, either for television or the big screen. A screenplay is a written document for the cast and crew which is between 90 to 120 pages. (For additional definitions, see Wikipedia’s breakdown. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screenplay.)
The blog site, The Script lab, draws upon the contrast from novels and screenplays in the article “What is a Screenplay,” http://thescriptlab.com/screenplay/what-is-a-screenplay.
Unlike novels, where the story is told through words, screenwriting allows that articulation to filter through a camera lens, which captures nonverbal dialogue through action, scenes and the expressions of the actors.
To stay a cut above the rest, a screenwriter must have a solid script that embodies a great story and compelling characters. Incidentally, the protagonist should exemplify the main idea of the script. (Think of movies like, Scarface, Gone with the Wind and Superman.)
Remember, keep scenes short, dialogue brief and stay true to the original voice. Create a unique and interesting character. The protagonist should have a weakness and is always in search of something.
Screenwriting demands dedication on the part of the writer. At the onset of your screenplay, keep these points in mind:
Ø Know the type of story you are telling.
Ø The flaws of the main character should be revealed and challenged throughout the story.
Ø The protagonist’s dilemma is essential to the entire story.
There are a number of online film courses at your fingertips such as, Lights Online Film School, http://www.lightsfilmschool.com/blog/free-screenwriting-courses/346/.
Through mastery in knowing your craft and dedication, your screenplay can be worthy of a film production!
Are you writing a screenplay?