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                 Wow… Where to begin?  So much has been written about scripts, script-writing, how to get it re-written and such… so much.  Well, let’s dive in.

                  Let me start by saying I am not the definitive answer to screen writing.  I’ve written several scripts and have spent countless hours re-writing and re-writing, and then more re-writing.  I’ve taken screen writing classes from Richard Walter, Screen Writing professor at UCLA – A very talented gentleman.  I’ve read articles and books and screenplays… Good ones and bad ones.  It benefits to read them all.  Every professor, teacher, and advocate of screenwriting tells you to read scripts, and I believe them. 

                 Start out by only reading scripts that you’ve seen the finished movie.  You know what the movie was like, now go and read the written description of the film – the script.  You’ll see what the director saw when he created the visual film.  I am one to believe that a great director cannot make a bad script into a good movie.  It just doesn’t work that way.  You need a great script, period.  You may start out with a good
idea but that is not a script.  You may even have a title for your film, but most importantly, you have to start out with a great theme… a great concept.

                 That’s your first assignment:  Put down in five minutes the theme of your movie.  It should easily be in one sentence.  Remember, this is what your movie revolves around.  You’ll have much more to say, but the theme and the thrust of the movie comes from this statement.  You can even give the script/film a title but don’t be attached to it… title come and go and you may even be shooting the film and by the time the film hits theatres or DVD’s it may  have changed several more times!  So, go ahead and give it a working title.  This will help you feel more connected to it.

                   Secondly, create what is known as the logline.  This is something you keep simple.  If you only have five seconds to hit someone with it (and that may be all you get) this is what you use.  It may be 1 to 2 sentences.  Usually you may mention a character or characters, the setting, and the situation.  You can say that in one sentence and your second sentence may include something like… “Things get sticky when…” and state the premise of why it got sticky.


 
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