Do you want to write a script for a film some day?

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A script is an outline of a story. It is written in a dialogue form, and the narration is very descriptive so that when you read it, you can visualize each scene and follow the story and plot.

Like writing anything, a film script is written in 3 parts: a beginning, a middle and an end. The beginning section is like the introduction or the prologue, where you set everything up for the whole story. The middle has all the action, showing what the main character is going through to get to the desired destination. The end is the conclusion or resolution, showing the outcome of the story and how you want the story to end like, whether happy ending, traumatic ending, leave it open, etc.

The first thing that you need to do is think up of a good story that you would like to tell. Then, you create the characters. Each character is in the story for a reason to help you tell your story better. Make them as descriptive and detailed as possible so that they become “real” to your audience. Also, add some conflicts, scenes and sequences; and, maybe, some background music that is relevant to the story. Create 2 plot points, one at the end of the beginning section and one at the end of the middle section, in order to connect the sections better and make it flow better from each section. It is better to make these plot points dramatic and page turners.

What is the subject of the story…the idea of what the story is all about? After you create the idea, think about the action in physical and emotional terms of what the main character will go through to get to the desired destination. Then, think about the main character’s needs and wants. Why does he/she want or need that particular destination or outcome? Create lots of conflicts and obstacles for your main character. This will create the drama for the story. Building the character depends on the actions each take in order to make the character come alive and be “real.”

Script or screenplay form is organized like the following:
1. scene heading describes the location.
2. action and description of that particular action.
3. change of the scene, or what is being focused on.
4. change of the scene again, and what is being focused on, from scene to scene, etc.
5. capitalize new character introductions.
6 name of character is capitalized and centered.
7. directions for character are parenthesized and centered.
8. dialogue is centered.
9. directions for the characters describe what the characters are doing.
10. capitalize sound and music to emphasize them.

After typing out the script, edit it to make sure it flows and sounds right. Proofread for typos.


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