If you are an aspiring screenwriter who has an idea that you think would make a great new movie, TV show or webisode, the first thing that you must do is get the idea down on paper. Write everything you can about your idea- what made you think of it, who the characters are, what happens in the story, and why you think it’s a great idea that differs from others. Even after getting your ideas down on paper, you must still turn your story into a screenplay.
Many aspiring screenwriters get stuck on how to write a screenplay. Screenplay writing is very different from other forms of writing, and it’s important for aspiring screenwriters to learn the process.
Screenwriters must tell their stories using images and sound. The technical and artistic aspects are the most unfamiliar parts of how to write a screenplay. Reading screenplays can help you understand the language used in descriptions and help you learn the technical and artistic aspects of formatting a screenplay. Since the medium of film is about action, with one action leading to another, all of the meaningful action in the story must also be described in your screenplay.
Screenplays have a very distinct beginning, middle and end. The beginning of the film, or Act I, is approximately one quarter of how long the film actually is. For example, the first 30 minutes of a two hour film would be Act I. In Act I, the characters are introduced, the routines of their lives are established and some form of conflict is presented. Act II is the longest section of the film and is usually filled with obstacles for the main characters. Act III is the conclusion or solution and is usually the shortest part of a screenplay.
Knowing your story and characters is a significant factor when figuring out how to write a screenplay. The first step is to write an outline. This is where you write about the action of a film. It can be done as a sentence outline, where each action is written out in a sentence or two. With an outline, it is easier to figure out what comes next and focus mainly on good quality dialogue.
If you have an idea but are unsure what to do next, New Show Studios can help. New Show Studios is a company designed specifically for everyday people with ideas for screens big and small (TV shows, movies, webisodes). The company has all the resources under one roof to develop your screenplay idea into a concept package and present it to an entertainment company through its exclusive licensing agent, SFM Entertainment. SFM Entertainment has over 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry.
Don’t be the person kicking yourself because you sat on your idea only to see it in theaters one day, because someone else had a similar idea. New Show Studios can help you take action and pursue your screenplay idea.
Remember that even with the best presentation materials new entertainment development is high risk and there is very little likelihood that your idea will be successfully licensed or result in profit to you.
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