Advice — screenwriting

Writing a Cinematic Scene: Now Write! Screenwriting Exercise

Posted by Steve Duncan on

(Excerpt from "Now Write! Screenwriting: Screenwriting Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers", edited by Sherry Ellis & Laurie Lamson)A film, by its very nature, is a visual art form. However, I’ve found that new screenwriters tend to forget that they’ve ever seen a film in their lives. Too often, inexperienced writers go right for wall-to-wall yakking when writing a scene or sequence for a movie. While verbal dialogue drives television scenes, you want to write dramatically effective cinematic scenes for a feature film. An effective approach is to use The Seven Elements of a Scene or Sequence. Use them...

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The Unusual Suspects: How to Use Unconventional Industry Contacts to Launch Your Screenwriting Career

Posted by Michael Elliot on

There’s a common misconception among new or ‘unrepresented’ screenwriters that only agents, managers, and producers can open Hollywood’s gates, and that without at least one of the three, it’s virtually impossible to sell a script or sidestep Hollywood’s frustrating barriers to entry. The truth is that representation or established producers can, of course, be a huge help, but they are by no means your only way in. Believing this is the first step to recognizing a massive pool of industry insiders – that aren’t agents or managers – who can also help launch your screenwriting career. You have options, lots...

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How to Write a Screenplay: Script Writing Example & Screenwriting Tips

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It's easy to feel intimidated by the thought of writing a screenplay. The rules! The formatting! The binding! Don't let the seemingly endless parade of screenwriting elements scare you away from writing your first script. Since a familiarity with the basics of the craft is half the battle, The Writers Store has provided you with resources, a screenplay example, and overview on how to write a screenplay to help you get up to speed on screenwriting fundamentals. Combine that with the right screenwriting software, books and supplies, and you'll be ready to type FADE IN before you know it.Enter your...

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Final Draft 11: Comparison Chart

Posted by Screenwriting Staff on

Compare Features STORY DEVELOPMENT TOOLS _x000D_ Improved - | New - Final Draft 9 |  Final Draft 10 |  Final Draft 11  Beat Board Add story Beats wherever and whenever they come to you Use Split View to see your Beat Board and screenplay simultaneously Organize your Beats however you like Copy and paste entire sections of the Beat Board to your script Drag Beats into the Story Map to organize your thoughts Use FD structure templates to help get you started Color code your Beats for easy reference Drag content to and from Script to Beat Board while retaining script...

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Screenwriting Contest Panel

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On Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at 1 p.m. Pacific, join Script Magazine's Facebook Page to see our live broadcast of Script's Screenwriting Contest Panel. You will find information below on all participating panelists, along with information on their respective contests. We will see you there! Access Screenplay Contest • Jeanne BowermanEnter Promo Code A10 to get 10% off the contest! Jeanne Veillette Bowerman is the Editor of Script Magazine and on Stephanie Palmer's list of "Top 10 Most Influential Screenwriting Bloggers." She is Co-Founder and moderator of the weekly Twitter screenwriters’ chat, #Scriptchat, and wrote a Tracking Board Top 25...

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