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How To Write A Film Script
By John Halasz

Learning how to write a film script is manageable when you understand the basics of film script writing. Anyone can write a film script if they are creative, willing to put in the time, and have good language skills. A person with even an iota of flair for creative writing can polish their inborn skill to gain mastery over the craft. There are a few basic facts that you as a writer must be made aware of, including the following:

? People are encouraged to learn how to write a film script because ever since its inception, the film industry has been making progress by leaps and bounds, proving to be a profitable venture.

? Even though the two terms "films" and "movies" are used interchangeably, there is a slight difference in their angle of scrutiny. The latter are more inclined towards entertainment and commercial aspects and in the former, the theatrical, technical or artistic features are considered.

? Films are the era's cultural artifacts. They reflect the ethos of the current period. Students of socio-economical subjects or history will find a rich repertoire of relevant information through study of films. During every epoch people have clamored to master the skill of how to write a film script to be able to depict the prevalent doctrines.

? The advent of television has in no way challenged the growing popularity of films. As a matter of fact, film industry is a flourishing one with a brighter future ahead.

? While the emphasis is on mastering the tactic of how to write a film script, do not lose sight of the ultimate objective that is, to entertain the audience. Study how best that can be done using the age-old techniques of composing delightful screenplays.

? All films have stories, a beginning, middle and an end. These are also called 'Acts'. The three act structure is most commonly used today.

? The beginning should be dynamic, introduce the audience with the set-up. The main characters and the turning point of the story should be brought in within the first 10 minutes.

? Develop the story towards the main conflict where the protagonist's progress is hampered by an antagonist.

? A few sub-plots and a comic character bring a relieving change.

? End with the climax showing how the protagonist triumphs over the antagonist and how everything turns out just right. There could be a variation in the end, leaving the viewers debating over the actual outcome or even in tears.

? The script should ideally be about 100 pages. Every page represents approximately a minute of screen time.

How to write a film script will no longer be a problem if you:
? Undergo formal training in creative writing
? Read many scripts of other writers
? Practice to write everyday
? Use software to ease your task
? Read books on screenwriting
? Learn the norms of writing and formatting style of the industry
? Develop contacts in the right places
? Participate in script writing forums
? Edit and rewrite your work several times

A film is a motion picture that has a definitive story to tell. The visual effect of the film makes it universally appealing and a powerful medium of communicating and educating the masses. Most film script writers collaborate with others to produce a final script. Consider hiring a film script writing service to help you write or edit your script.

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Dear Screenwriter - It Helps to Remember These Things
By Ugur Akinci

Dear Screenwriter, REMEMBER:

A script is not who you are.

Whether it ends up produced or not, it is not a reflection of your worth as a human being.

Repeat after me -- even if OTHERS judge it as such, a script is not who you are. Period.

At most, it is just an inkling of the wonders that lurk within the folds of your infinite mind. It is a single drop from the mysterious endless ocean that is churning in you since the day you were born."

(2)

"Dear Screenwriter, REMEMBER:

A script is a blueprint to construct a movie with. Don't forget that.

Its ultimate purpose is to help an audience spend 90 to 120 minutes away from the daily grind, and hopefully feel elevated as well.

Hopefully they'll feel better about themselves and life in general, even if they've just watched a horror flick. It's therapy through pictures in motion.

A script is an invitation to entertainment and enchantment; not a do-or-die proposition. It is a wonderful thing to envision, write and enjoy but it is not the end of the world.

You should be ready and happy to BURN all your scripts and never touch your pen and keyboard again if, for example, it would help find cure for cancer."

(3)

"Dear Screenwriter, REMEMBER:

1) The worst has already happened.

2) Even if you don't write a single word -- as Woody Allen put it so well -- you're not gonna get out of this alive.

3) So glue your bottom to that chair and finish that @#$*% script!"

(4)

"Dear Screenwriter, REMEMBER:

Being rejected is a future worry. It is not right here now, this very minute. It is not the past either.

Do not be afraid of being rejected by Hollywood because you are either in it, or you aren't.

If you are in it, you've taken your licks and you're still ticking. It means they could not reject you enough :-)

If you're not in it, then how can anyone push you out of something that you're not a part of?

Rejection is a feeling that only you can attach to yourself like a scar. Nobody else can do it for you.

If you don't do it to yourself, it'll never get done.

Adopt the anti-NIKE motto -- Just Don't Do It!"

(5)

"Dear Screenwriter, REMEMBER:

Do not feel bad for not having written the CHINATOWN or BODY HEAT or CASABLANCA because all movies are not CHINATOWN or BODY HEAT or CASABLANCA.

There are thousands and perhaps tens of thousands of movies that go straight to DVD, shown in all kinds of cable channels, PPV channels, on regular TV networks, hospitals, schools, conventions, membership organizations, hotels, in airplanes ships and buses, etc. and God knows where else.

In the near future we'll all start to watch movies regularly on our cell phones, Internet sites, iPods, wristwatches and cameras, and perhaps may be on our toasters and refrigerators...

There are 3 BILLION people in India and China alone who'll need tens of thousands of movies in the coming years.

Selling your scripts to any one of those outlets should make you very proud and satisfied as well. You do not need to win an Oscar for a theatrical-release feature to be happy as a professional screenwriter."

(6)

"Dear Screenwriter, REMEMBER:

You must never regret if your scripts are overwritten, rejected, or changed or etc. because writing and marketing scripts are not the worst things that can happen to a human being, not by a long shot.

You have sold insurance, used cars, and waited tables for a living.

You have sold kitchen knives, orthopedic beds and Tupperware by going door-to-door.

You have worked as a journalist chasing after pompous VIPs and politicians for crumbs of news-worthy tid bits that were forgotten the minute they were published.

As a wise and sensitive person you are aware that as we speak people are losing life and limb in coal mines, ocean-going vessels, power plants, oil fields, and battlefields all over the world as a part of their regular day jobs.

Writing scripts is a blessing and a luxury, not the worst thing that can happen to anybody. Enjoy the privilege while you still can."

(7)

"Dear Screenwriter, REMEMBER:

Your screenplays already make you very happy because you write them with great joy and enthusiasm. They are all the stuff that you would LOVE to watch on that big screen.

Actually, you're writing them because you are frustrated that you can't go and rent them from your favorite video rental store.

Hopefully one day soon they'll also bring some money and recognition as well because you'd love to treat your loved ones to much better material things in life.

But even if you die leaving behind a hundred unproduced scripts, that would be a life spent very well. It already is."

Ugur Akinci, Ph.D. is a Creative Copywriter, Editor, an experienced and award-winning Senior Technical Communicator specializing in fundraising packages, direct sales copy, web content, press releases, movie reviews and hi-tech documentation. He has worked as a Technical Writer for Fortune 100 corporations since 1999.

He is the editor of PRIVATE TUTOR FOR SAT MATH SUCCESS web site http://www.privatetutor.us

In addition to being an Ezine Articles Expert Author, he is also a Senior Member of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), and a Member of American Writers and Artists Institute (AWAI).

A true movie fan since he was a child, Akinci provides FREE MOVIE PLOT IDEAS every day of the year at SCRIPT BOILER. Visit http://scriptboiler.blogspot.com today.

You are most welcomed to visit his COPYWRITING WEB SITE http://www.writer111.com for more information on his multidisciplinary background, writing career, and client testimonials.

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Sample Film Treatment
By John Halasz

A sample film treatment is a document by a film treatment writer to showcase their writing skills. New film script writers have to prove their ability to write film treatments and scripts. In order to get your foot in the door of films script writing, it is essential to write a number of samples, which can be shared. It is a self marketing strategy, which is part of the writer's portfolio.

The screenwriter should ideally prepare samples to suit every conceivable situation that may arise. This is done to show potential customers that the writer can accomplish the task of compiling extraordinarily-brilliant film treatments and movie scripts. Copies of the sample film treatment are distributed to people in the film industry as well as literary agents and those seeking to hire a ghostwriter. Agents represent the writer to the film 'insiders'. When production houses, studios, individual producers, or directors are hunting for someone to author a screenplay or treatment, they can pull out the spec samples submitted by different writers. Another option is for them to approach agencies, which are in direct contact with writers seeking work.

By evaluating the sample treatment, the potential client can pick and choose a qualified writer. Wisdom dictates that screenplay writers prepare samples in many genres and different types:

1. Original draft treatment - Slightly longer and more detailed manuscript
2. Presentation treatment - A much shorter and crisper version of a screenplay
3. Adaptation treatment - A treatment based on adapted work of another novelist.

Certain precautionary measures must be taken before doling out copies of a sample film treatment, including the following:

Get your work registered with WGA so that your idea is never stolen.
Give complete contact information on the front page of the treatment.
Ensure that your work is absolutely flawless to make a great impression on the reader.
Accompany the treatment with a cover letter highlighting your expertise, awards and credentials.
If possible, attach a self addressed stamped envelope for ease of communication.
Follow the industry norms regarding the format as closely as possible.

Since treatments are considered "easy reads," it is important to keep your sample film treatment brief without sacrificing any important element of the story. This makes the treatment seem incomplete or distorted. Sometimes it is more difficult to compile articulate treatments than full-fledged screenplays. Make reading a sample a pleasure. Include enough white space so that the reader does not cringe from going through it from cover to cover. If the readers begin to lose interest or feel overburdened, they are likely to fling it aside hastily. Your aim should be to induce the reader to go on until reaching the end, setting it aside with satisfaction. A well-written film treatment has improved chances of being read and the writer propositioned to write the full-length film script.

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