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Writing a Treatment before Writing your Script by Michael Barmish

Writing a Treatment before Writing your Script by Michael Barmish

WRITING A SCREENPLAY When you develop your story, the end result, of course, is a completed screenplay. But, as part of your writing process, it's a good idea to write a treatment. But what exactly is a treatment?     Simply put, a treatment is a narrative form of your story, told in prose format. Some screenwriters will begin the process of creating a screenplay by writing the treatment first....

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10 Steps to Adapting a Novel

10 Steps to Adapting a Novel

  Determine the cinematic possibility of the novel Decide what thematically resonates with you Find the book’s framing device Define the main plots and subplots of the book Consider the story structure List out the characters Determine what can be cut Replace character “thoughts” with actions Develop for your audience Write the outline    

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The Various Steps to Making a Film

The Various Steps to Making a Film

​In this post, we will outline the various steps to making a film, from the early stage of script development through post-production. DEVELOPMENT A screenwriter develops a spec script The spec script is optioned by a producer Producer finds a director Director might request some changes in the script Producer enters into a contractual agreement with the writer(this is an important step as the...

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The Key Advantages of Adapting a Book into a Film

The Key Advantages of Adapting a Book into a Film

Over the years, the film industry has changed in the stories they like to tell. While original material is still important, studios and producers look to existing materials in which to invest when producing movies. And one of the major sources of existing IP, or Intellectual Property, is the novel. Book adaptations offer significant advantages when promoting a film to the marketplace. Thus,...

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This is the Time to Adapt Your Novel or Memoir into a Television or Movie Script

This is the Time to Adapt Your Novel or Memoir into a Television or Movie Script

Television is having a renaissance never seen before… more books than ever are being adapted into television series. Movies have always been inspired by novels and memoirs. New production and distribution companies like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are constantly on the lookout for new material. You’re a writer. Your historical fiction, suspense thriller, YA, romance novel, or any other genre...

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Finding an Agent or Talent Manager

Finding an Agent or Talent Manager

Putting together a list of Agents and Talent Manager There are several sources, including the WGA, that publish lists of agents and managers with links to their websites. It may be time-consuming, but it’s worth going to the agent or manager’s website to see if they specialize in certain writing genres (especially managers as they often produce their writers’ screenplays) and if they are open to...

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How Do You Revise a Script?

How Do You Revise a Script?

SCREENPLAY: THE REVISION MODE How Do You Revise a Script? INTRODUCTION Once a screenplay goes into production, it is now designated as a Shooting Script and is when the revision process properly begins. This blog will explain the process of how do you revise a script when going into production, the uses of the script revision features (mark, colors, A&B scenes) and how they are applied....

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How to Format Scene Heading?

How to Format Scene Heading?

THE SCREENPLAY: HOW TO FORMAT SCENE HEADINGS Making sure you use the correct format INTRODUCTION When you write a spec script, making sure you use the correct format for Scene Headings is vital to the proper flow of your script. Like chapters in a book, it signals to the reader that the story has shifted to a new location. Consistency is key. One of the most often-asked questions regarding...

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