Article by Chamberlane Altatis

You might have been watching a lot of movies and now you wanted to write a story and create your own movie too. For you to do so, you must learn then the Steps on how to write a screenplay:

How to Write a Screenplay Step 1 – Think of A New Story

No matter how good your story is if you just totally adapted it, viewers who know where you got the idea will not be impressed. I admit it’s hard to think a new and unique story today since there were so many stories that were already written. However, I believe you can still be crazy and think of new things. You may adapt a bit from other movies, taking them as inspiration but be sure to put your personal touch on it.

To help you think of those good and interesting ideas, just try to look around you. Be a very observant with what’s going on with people and environment today. When people are talking to each other, try to listen to what they are talking about. You’ll never know you’ll be able to make a good story from those things. Or remember those experiences you had. You know experiences are good basis for a story since they happened in a real life situation. You surely can do it! Since it is a movie, you have the opportunity to invent your own universe may it be a fantasy or real life scenarios. Your imagination is just the limit of what you can write.

In these step, you can already create a title. Just make it catchy.If you still don’t have a title in mind, that’s alright. You can create one later on anyway. Just proceed to the next step.

How to Write a Screenplay Step 2 – Write Your Logline

A logline is a single sentence that describes what your story is all about. This will give focus and drive to where your story will be going. We can say that it is your road map for your story journey. It should be derived from emotions such as love, anger, hatred, whatever. Moreover, it should also revolve around the three C’s – character, conflict, and conclusion.

Let me give you an example of a logline:

"A former leader of a gangster becomes a teacher because of his passion, taming his very naughty students."

If you watched the cartoon movie "Great Teacher Onizuka," this can be the logline that I can make for it.

How to Write a Screenplay Step 3 – Develop Your Character

The next thing to do is to develop your characters. Just list them down with their names, roles, and their personalities in the story. Write also if who is your protagonist and your antagonist and all those supporting characters.

How to Write a Screenplay 4 – Create The Story with Dialogues

You now have a logline and characters so it’s now time to write your story. In writing your story, be guided with the three-act structure:

1. Act 1 – character and conflict is introduced.

2. Act 2 – conflict deepens until it reaches the climax.

3. Act 3 – conflict resolves and leads to a conclusion.

Since you are writing for a movie. learn also to write visually:

1. Express external behaviors through dialogue or physical actions.

2. Show what is happening instead of telling it.

3. Character behaviors, time, place, and mood of a scene are described in the script stage directions.

4. Stage directions are with action verbs in present tense.

5. Don’t overload your stage directions with extraneous details such as camera angles, scene colors etc. (that’s the job of the director and cinematographer).

6. Don’t over-describe the personalities of the characters.

7. Stick to the details that have visual equivalents

How to Write a Screenplay Step 4 – Write the Story in a Screenplay Format

After making the logline, developing the character, and creating the story and dialogues, it’s now time to write those things in a screenplay format. You must then learn the format for a screenplay.

Alright, those are the ways on how to write a screenplay. I guess you’re now ready to write one.

If you need more reference, you can also grab some ebooks about screenwriting.

Chamberlane Altatis Photographer/Videographer/Photo and Video Editor/Writer/BusinessmanOwner of Make Money in Photography Site

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