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Whether you are a novel writer or a memoirist tackling the screenplay adaptation of your book, this great selection of guides gives you invaluable insights on how to get started and develop your script on the right way!
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How to write a screenplay from your own novel (or memoir)By Michael Barmish
You believe that your novel or memoir would make a fantastic film and you want to write the screenplay adaptation. That’s great! And, of course, who better than you, as the novel’s author or memoirist, to write that adaptation? To achieve this, you will need to forget all the rules of novel or memoir writing and become a screenwriter. To think as a screenwriter is to leverage the power of images to best tell your story. In this guide, we will explain the differences between writing a book and writing a screenplay, from a style and technical standpoint as well as a story point of view. It also contains guidelines on how to transform a literary text into a visual medium in order to condense an average of a 15-20 hour reading story into a 2-hour reading script.
The difference between a Spec Script and a Shooting ScriptBy Michael Barmish
Because so many scripts are available to download on the web, there is lots of confusion between what is a spec script and what is a shooting script. Most screenplays on these sites are, in fact, shooting scripts that contain many of the elements you would never see in a spec script. Many aspiring writers use these scripts as a reference and can be steered in the wrong direction when submitting their own scripts to producers. While they both refer to the same story, the spec and shooting scripts serve different purposes as they correspond to different stages of the film production cycle. This guide covers the differences between a Spec script and a Shooting Script.
Narrative elements to engage your audienceBy Neil Fallon
The art of storytelling is to hook your audience from the beginning until the end. And yes beyond the 3-Act structure, there are many narrative elements which make your story more engaging to your audience. These elements will make your audience become more emotionally involved in the development of your story and characters. Creating expectations or dread and constantly navigating from hope to fear allows a viewer to experience a wide range of emotions. While there are some subjects more interesting than others, characters more intriguing than others - although it’s a matter of taste and personal interest - what makes a story a great one to read, to watch, comes from the way the story unfolds, the way the plot and characters are revealed to us, the audience. How to create your plot without revealing too much but enough to constantly hook your audience is the heart of storytelling. And your skill as a screenwriter is to combine and deliver all these narrative elements, to make an engaging story for your audience. Whether you are stuck on developing your plot or need to refer to storytelling characteristics as a guideline, this storytelling guide will examine all the narrative elements that you should use to transform your story into one that is captivating to tell.
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Film & TV Adaptation for Novel Writers and Memorist by Michael Barmish
In this guide, we will explain how to transform a literary text into a visual medium in order to condense an average of a 15-20 hour reading story into a 2-hour reading script.
Spec Script vs Shooting Script by Michael Barmish
Because so many scripts are available to download on the web, there is a great deal of confusion between what is a spec script and what is a shooting script. The guide "Spec Script vs Shooting Script" covers their differences.
Storytelling by Neil Fallon
This storytelling guide will examine all the narrative elements that any screenwriter should use to transform his/her story into one that is captivating to tell.
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