Filmmaking Stuff - How To Make, Market and Sell Your Movie
Off-Screen Dialogue (O.S.) - Similarly, when we hear someone speaking from offscreen, write (O.S.) next to their name. They may be in the next room, throwing their two cents into the conversation it could be a ghost, or the voice of God. Here's an example of what this looks like, and the difference between the narrator (in this case Will, in voice-over) and someone speaking off screen (in this case Josh, who isn't in the first shot we have of Will, but whose voice we hear, and then we see). This scene is from an independent film I was hired to rewrite, entitled TAR. And please, ignore my camera direction (PULL BACK). I can get away with this you can't.
Suddenly you find yourself with a stack of index cards - in fact you may have even added some scenes to the original outline. This is good - the longer you spend inside your screen story, the more real it becomes, and the more fully you can imagine your movie. In fact, it is a good idea here to take a moment (or an hour) and review the order of your scenes, now that you have more detail. Does this order still make sense Can you fill in some of those missing scenes Make your changes before you begin writing the script.
Sometimes I have mentioned the differences and similarities between writing and filmmaking. I do it to emphasize technique and also because we have a very visually oriented society. Many more people rent videos each night than check books out of the library. The camera concept can help you, as the author, to understand what you are portraying to the reader, especially in our first area of perspective or point of view in Chapter 11.
Begin imagining, much less writing, the scenes to your movie. And while plot points can change during the writing process, and you may eventually decide to take a different road leading to your goal, you've got to start with what you think is the right route to begin your journey. 9. Is he willing to risk death to get what he wants The events that occur force him to make choices that are the only choices he can make, but by which he'll appear to lose everything. This is the climax of your film with no certainty of success, in fact with certainty of failure, the hero risks everything. This is where the hero tells the truth (literal, emotional or spiritual), and takes the consequences. Turn your movie idea into a fairy tale, by
Please note if, after doing the above exercise, you're still not sure whether you have a movie premise, or which is the most compelling of your movie ideas, you can always email me at sandy storyandscriptdevelopment.com for a QuickPitch appointment, and pitch your ideas to me over the phone. The service is free, and if you're nervous about divulging what may be a unique idea, you can fill out and send a release form before our appointment. A release form can be found at the end of this book.
With this in mind, let's talk about the climax of your story. The climax is the highest point of drama in your structure. It is where all of the scenes must lead throughout your story. Finding the ending of your story is the first thing to do. The ending of your screenplay is known as the climax. After the climax your story should be finished and can't go any further. Your screenplay is complete and if you keep writing then your writing becomes anticlimactic, which means you've written too much and you have no resolution for your screenplay. Your audience should leave your movie feeling emotionally satisfied. If your audience doesn't have a sense of closure in the climax your script is a failure.
In Act I you also introduce the main and major characters of your film. This problem will take the rest of the movie to solve. The audience must immediately know what your movie is about or they will lose interest. They should understand what's going on and care about the problem confronting the main character. I always tell my students to ask themselves when they open their screenplay Why is this day in the life of my character different from any other day in his life
You must hook or grab your audience in the first few minutes. What I mean by hooking your audience is to get their attention immediately. In the television industry there are many competing networks, cable stations and independents vying for viewers. If you can grab your viewers' attention and hold it through commercials until your movie is over you will have written a good script.
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