Screenwriting is a tough career to get into. Any writing intended to be translated to any screen (cinema, TV, devices, etc.). Screenwriting is also known as scripts writing.
S – Story
C – Cinematically
R – Rendered (in an)
E – Enticing
E – Entertaining
N – Narrative (that is)
P – Produce
L – Literal
Types Of Screenwriting :
1. Spec Script Writing
2. Commissioned Screen Writing
3. Television Screen Writing
4. Writing for daily series.
5. Video game Writing
6. Writing for game shows
7. Rewriting and script doctoring.
8. Feature assignment writing
4 Steps to Makes Funny And Good Screen Writing :
The satire involved in the screen-writing of Modern Family clearly justifies the title. The situation depicted is in fact modern or contemporary and complicated at the same time, in the real sense. The simple relationships depicted between the members of the family is what we enjoy and is what we perceive as being familiar.
The diversity in the families and the characters portrayed is strangely normal and amusing. The combinations and experiences of members in various episodes brings freshness and “something different” quality.
Gloria’s passion and cheerfulness; Jay’s sarcasm and toughness; Manny’s maturity and perspective; Phil’s frank, casual, fun-seeking parenting; Claire’s stress and obsession with control; Hayley’s typical interests and activities; Alex’s geekiness; Luke’s innocent stupidity and curiosity; Mitch’s wanting-perfection attitude; Cameroon’s zeal and creativity; Lily’s cuteness and coolness; these all are in fact people which we can find around us, in our families.
But then, the screen-writers surprise us when any/many of these characters behave in an unusual, non-typical way in some episode and this amazement delights the viewer.
The screen-play, the camera-work and the editing of the show. The entire idea of putting the daily, regular activities as a documentary is something different at first, but surprisingly, an essence to the humour.
Those split-second moments when during the regular story depiction, when the actors glance at the camera on doing something sheepish or sometimes clever/wicked is another very appreciable part of the cinematography.
Corresponding to the regular story, the truths, the personal ideas of the characters is depicted in a recorded interview sort of clips to the viewers, which not only brings some additional humour but also serves in giving a background to the current episode’s story.
Fourth and personally for me, a cherry-on-top element of the humour is the moral/lesson presented in the closing few minutes of some of the episodes.
It gives perspective and direction to the viewers about tackling the daily issues in our families, strengthening the family relationships and extracting joy and humour from everyday instances.
How to write an attractive ScreenPlay?
The other answers cover the bases pretty well but I would add one more crucial yet for some reason rarely discussed or mentioned element needed to learn about screenwriting which is how to write a good scene.
How to make a scene work. You can read entire screenwriting “how-to” books and spend hours watching relevant YouTube videos and not get much concrete information on what makes a great scene work.
You will hear and read all about character, and character flaws, and the hero’s journey, structure, dialogue, etc., etc. yet somehow there won’t be a chapter on how to structure and execute a great scene.
It’s a good thing I’m here to chime in not that I have any credentials to hang my hat on, I don’t, I haven’t made films or won a screenwriting contest (although I had two “good” ratings on an action script in Nicholl in 2016 although not quite good enough to make the quarterfinals, still, for an action script that is a good sign, I’ll take it).
I read an article a long time ago in Writer’s Digest magazine, of all places, that basically said for each scene the writer should establish what the protag wants and then frustrate that goal creating tension.
The article also explained both ascending and descending action, if I recall correctly, although that may have been a different article. So, for example, your protag needs to find a gun. That is his/her goal. Well, instead of finding the gun he will find a map to the pirates hang out and have only 12 hours to get back or else the world ends.
The protag wants XYZ but gets ABC or learns something moving the story forward. I am probably not explaining this well. I’ll close by saying movies are made up of scenes so if you can’t make a scene work, you probably will not be able to write a great spec script.
What makes movies compelling is the interesting, creative and fun ways writers think of to screw with their characters before the resolution. We ride along. We share the journey along the character arc.
How do I become a Screen Writer?
Screenwriting is a tough career to get into.
But if you are willing to do the work and sacrifice a lot, then you can make it happen.
Your start crossed moment can happen at any time and you need to be prepared for it.
Start practising screenwriting now, because it is technically different than other writing forms and you’re going to want to have a viable portfolio at all times.
Step 2: Move
Move to a place where you can mingle with and rub shoulders with people that can give you a job as a screenwriter or that can connect you with people that can hire you.
Don’t think that if you stay where you’re at you’ll be noticed by sending out resumes
Go get in the trenches. Go to the dinner parties. Go to the restaurant.
Do yourself another favour and go take any job you can get at a studio or production company. Make friends and be sure to voice your career choice as a screenwriter.
When they ask about your training you can be honest but be sure to let them know you have a portfolio.
If they are interested in seeing it, give it to them, if they don’t ask don’t shove it in their face. Just keep making connections, writing, and talking to people that can get you hired.
Also, be sure to find people that are already working as screenwriters and befriend them. Learn from them and see how they did it.
Keep putting yourself out there and doing your best to mix with the right crowd.
These things will not guarantee you a place as a screenwriter, but they will increase your chances dramatically.
How do I get into Screen writing With no Experience?
Write a script. There’s no special test you have to take to be a screenwriter. You just need to write a screenplay. Go to your local library, I bet there’s a whole section of screenwriting books to help you get started. Screenwriting by Syd Field is popular among film schools but there are many others.
Then start writing. There are lots of free screenwriting apps online to help with formatting. Writer’s Duet is popular. Or if you’ve got the cash, buy Final Draft which is what the professionals use.
Though there’s a book called the Hollywood Standard which has everything about the format you could want to know and is much cheaper than Final Draft. And finally, read lots of scripts. Just google Screenplays and you’ll find dozens of sites that have popular screenplays available to download for free. Read what you like.
Best Way to Write a Screenplay :
It starts with a story, no matter the format. If you don’t have a story in mind, there’s no much point in starting one.
I would recommend going as far as writing an outline for your story, which could just be as a simple as a single page, bullet form, that makes note of the plot all the way through your movie.
Then, you have to learn the format of a screenplay. It’s quite specific. I recommend reading some screenplays, which you can easily find with a google search. Read enough of them and you’ll know exactly how to do it.
The Screen writing module covers:
- Elements of Screenplay
- Writing story for Screenplay
- Structure of Screenplay
- Film Plot
- Character Evolution & Conflict
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