Screenwriting 1: “Story” by J. West
INT. LOUNGE - DAY JAC (40s) wannabee screenwriter, hunches over the laptop. Brains are racked, the computer keys bashed. She ponders on how to blog about writing. ALFIE (5) the pet cat and local script consultant, lounges on the back of the sofa. ALFIE So, you want to get into film
JAC Allegedly. ALFIE Where do you start with something
JAC Books, internet, the B.B.C. Writer’s Room have some great resources for newbs. Then trial, error, practise and a steep learning curve. Alfie nods in agreement. ALFIE You make it sound almost easy. JAC Sometimes it can be, but like anything, it can take work. ALFIE Not sure I like that word... work. JAC Yeh, sounds intimidating -- but if you really want something. And other peeps, not including your mum or mates, say you have a talent for it, then who knows? ALFIE So seriously, where do you begin? Jac thinks on this huge question.
Story is key. Without a great story, you have nothing. Some writers plan their script out, using plot cards to sequence the story points out. ALFIE Sounds tedious. JAC Maybe, but if you get stuck, there’s something to refer back to. Kick start the writing mojo again. ALFIE Ah. Handy. JAC While others, write on a loose idea in their heads. ALFIE Is that wise, feature films are ninety pages, plus? Jac laughs. JAC Silly, talking, cat. Just depends on the writer. Writing that way can be more organic, unpredictable even, creating an exciting journey. ALFIE Sounds trippy. JAC Well, like anything, there are some ace books, and guides that go into constructing stories. Help you break it down into manageable bits. ALFIE I like bits. Especially tuna type
JAC See, you’re digressing. If we had a plot outline to this...
ALFIE We’d have stayed on track? JAC Maybe. ALFIE So next time? JAC The next element to consider, could be how to create characters for your story. ALFIE Cool. Got any end of chat tips? JAC Yep. Carry a pen and notepad around. Just incase a bit of dialogue, or story inspiration comes to mind. Then you can scribble it down, and maybe use it later. As mentioned, the web has a wealth of resources. Google is your friend. ALFIE No he’s not. I’m a cat. JAC Good point.
Author: J. West
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