If you've ever wondered what it would be like to see your name on the big screen as a writer, here's your chance. Many writers would like to know what it takes to produce a successful screenplay—one that will sell! At its simplest, a script needs to tell a great story while making it easy for the director, actors, and production crew to bring it to life.
Simple? Well, not exactly. It takes a lot of skill and a working knowledge of how a story will translate to film. But if you take some time to practice, learn proper formatting, and develop the ability to look at your work with a constructive eye, you, too, could become a successful screenwriter.
Screenplays have changed a lot since the days of silent movies. Modern scripts need to include the spoken dialogue, descriptions of the scene and action, and shooting directions. They're more than just a script; they need to convey enough information to produce the movie in the way the writer intended while still leaving some creative freedom for the director and actors.
Getting this balance right is one of the most difficult aspects of screenwriting. From your first draft through refining the story, characters, and settings, it's a real balancing act that leaves many writers shaking their heads.
Now, an article on screenwriting from Maryville University can help you learn about common screenplay structures and effective dialogue, character development, and formatting. You'll get an overview of all the elements involved in bringing a screenplay from the blank page onto the big screen. You'll also get some examples of the greatest screenplays of all time and tips on breaking into the movie industry.
Sound too good to be true? Check it out before you start to work on that next Academy Award-winning production. And let us know what you think.