How To Begin Writing A Book The Right Way

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Hi everyone – Alexa Donne here and today I am talking all about starting your novel in the right place. Now this is kind of a buzzy phrase that you may have heard, especially if anyone has ever told you, if you’ve heard people tell other writers ‘hmm I think you’re starting your book in the wrong place’. You hear this because it’s really critical to start your book in the right place. Ideally you want to start with a scene that illustrates character, conflict, world and ideally also stakes. Now this is a tall order. There’s a lot to […]

Basics Of Script Writing – How To Write A Basic Script

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All right – so you have this awesome idea for your next story and you’ve decided that writing it in a short story or a novel isn’t quite right. You want to make it into a movie. Where do you start? I really think that one of the best places to start when trying to write your first screenplay is understanding the 3 act structure that most movies are written in. This structure is pretty simple and straightforward. There’s a beginning, there’s a middle and there’s an end, and we split that up into 3 acts. What most people don’t […]

How To Sell Your Screenplay Without An Agent

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Do you have a completed and polished Hollywood screenplay but no idea how to get it into the right hands? Let’s talk about all the different ways that you can market your screenplay. So the first way is kind of not really in vogue anymore. This is kind of the old days and that is a query letter or a query email. This is where you would solicit a production company, or an agent or manager, and basically just ask them to read your screenplay. You need to learn how to sell your screenplay without an agent – don’t make […]

How To Write A Story Plot

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Did you know that story and plot aren’t necessarily always the same thing? In casual conversation the words are more or less interchangeable but when you’re actually sitting down to write something, it’s important to understand that these two are independent factors that you must consider. It can be kind of difficult to understand the difference and why that difference is important, so stick with me for a second. To put it simply, plot is two people shooting at each other. Story is why they’re shooting at each other. The why here isn’t because the hero has to beat the […]

Script Writing Basics

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Script writing is an art form in itself but by no means does it have to be complicated. We’re going to talk about today, we’re going to talk about script writing with the mechanics of script writer, not the art form of storytelling.   Those are two different things. In a later segment we will get into the art of storytelling but right now we’re going to concentrate on the mechanics of script reading. And like I said the four things you want to concentrate on is who your characters are, what they do, where they go and what they […]

Where To Sell A Screenplay

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Hi, its screenwriter Philip Hardy and today I want to talk about websites that allow you to pitch your feature screenplays and your pilots, and I don’t mean the guys that fly air-planes. To relive, industry people, some of them allow you to do written pitches. Others have more sophisticated means of doing those and you would think with all the people that are out there writing spec screenplays, un-produced and aspiring writers that are out, there trying to sell the that script and make the next tent pole picture, there would be more of these sites. Because it’s a […]

How To Write A Good Script For A Movie

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Any fool can write a movie script, and I’m sure that the great screenplay writers out there will laugh, but also tend to agree with me. How to write a good script for a movie, there’s the rub. It’s not even twice, or three times as difficult. Think of it like comparing your house with a skyscraper – not only is it going to take much more time to build, but you also have to know how to do it. Once you get the script format down pat (and it’s not that hard) you need to know what makes a […]

How To Write A Screenplay For A Movie

How To Write A Screenplay For A Movie

Video Transcript: How To Write A Screenplay For Beginners Film Courage: What is the first step in writing a screenplay? Richard Walter: Getting your butt in the chair and hands on the keys and seeing where it goes. I believe you have to have an outline, but then you have to throw away that outline. It will take paths that are surprises to the artist that created it. I’ve never known anyone who wasn’t surprised by lines of dialogue that characters seem to invent by themselves, twists and turns in the story. I remember asking Neil Simon “Do you laugh […]

How Do You Write A Movie Script?

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Okay, so we have Act 1, Act 2, Act 3. This is your basic story formula. So what happens in Act 1 that makes it different from 2 and 3? Here’s how it works. You have a formula, let’s say it is a boy meets a girl. And in Act 1 that’s what we’re going to describe. The meeting, what happens to them, who they are and that information. In Act 2 you’re going to have boy loses girl. And here in Act 2 you are going to describe all the problems that they are having in their relationship and […]

How To Pitch A Movie Idea To Hollwood

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Several prominent script writers say that before even starting to write your script, you should create your log-line? What’s that? Just one or two sentences that describe your movie script. This is the first step in learning how to pitch a movie idea. The initial query letter that a script writer normally send to an agent or film company is very short, normally just one page. It’s purpose is to hook the reader, whoever it is. It should be quite informal, but extremely well thought out, delivering all the important information about your screenplay. Pitching A Movie Idea Is Just […]