First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!
- Ray Bradbury
Be advised. We've got zips in the wire down here.
Roger your last, Bravo Six. Can't run it any closer. We're
hot to trot and packing snake and nape, but we're bingo on fuel.
For the record, it's my call. Dump everything you've got left on my
pos. I say again, expend all remaining in my perimeter.
It's a lovely fucking war. Bravo Six out.
Roger your last, Bravo Six. We copy. It's your call. Get them all in
their holes down there. Hang tough, Bravo Six. We're coming cocked for treetops.
Not entirely sure what the above means.
In order to call yourself a pre-pro screenwriter, you'd have to have
determined that you're going to be a professional at some point.
Amateur screenwriter, yes I am.
Aspiring screenwriter, yes I am.
An aspiring amateur screenwriter. Yes I am.
Concentrate on your writing. Make your stories the best they can be.
Never heard such nonsense!
What I've come to learn is, this is complete nonsense. More often than not you'll read this type of nonsense in text books. Written by those that have never written anything, or had anything produced in any way, shape, or form. So they write these how to books on how to break into the business. As if there's some secret formula, there's not, by the way.
The only thing that matters when I read a script, is the STORY. This is what matters!
Is it INTERESTING?
Is it ENTERTAINING?
Do I care about these characters, and their journey through this story?
Is this a story that I'd enjoy watching on the small or big screen?
And I've read a number of scripts this month that I can honestly say that I've really enjoyed! And you know what, a bunch of them had we see, and camera angles in them. The only thing that mattered was the story. Did I find what's written on the page enjoyable?
Everything you write on the page is some form of directing.
There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it with charges.
Getting an idea's one thing.
But is it a movie idea? Does it fit the medium?
It may work better as a novel, stage-play, or TV pilot.
It may not work at all in any medium, because it's just not a very good idea!
If the idea's viable, the fun starts when you try and turn this wonderful idea into a full-blown story.
Coming up with story ideas, interesting characters and situations, and creating plot points that will help move/push your characters through the story, from A-to-B-to-C. This is the hard part. Fleshing out the story, and working out what's going to happen as the story unfolds based off this wonderful idea.
Getting feedback and notes, and figuring out what needs improving.
Writing is rewriting!
Welcome to Russell’s website. A storyteller who enjoys writing screenplays for movies. Even though the process is hard. It keeps his imagination working overtime.
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