Screenwriting 1: “Story” by J. West

Friday, October 4th, 2013|Guest posts|by ElexuCommunity

 

 

FADE IN:

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

     writing?

                    JAC
          Allegedly.


                    ALFIE
          Where do you start with something

     like that?

           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.

                 JAC


          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

     bits.


                    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.

                                                FADE OUT. 

 

 Author: J. West


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