Scriptwriting is the first frame or the potential backbone for any films in which we add the vital elements, the muscles and bones on the form of grit, camera and aesthetics to make it more beautiful.
For many of us video professionals or clients, what makes filmmaking a fun entertainment job is the shooting part, everyone fails to realize though we constitute the visuals, it is simple that it won’t adhere to form something that you thought. Trust me, it is when you mould and craft your thoughts, the true happiness of filmmaking fruitens. So before you roll your camera and peek through the viewfinder, do a small thought process in the form of scriptwriting.
The script or screenplay, outlines all of the elements that are required to tell a story through movies or TV.
” I think that those are the things that you can uniquely do with film that are difficult to do anywhere else: they can bring a picture to life, give it a natural and historical context and make you feel that everything else is suddenly credible”- Robert Towne
Robert Towne is considered as one of the most potential scriptwriter the world has ever produced. The script is the element that brings life to your art form. But what does it take to accomplish a good script.
1) Conceptualizing: This starts before you write one single word in your first draft. Conceptualizing is the key. You need to know your concept, themes, story and tone before you begin writing. See as much of the films through your mind’s eye before you write a single word.
2)Blind Drafts: Trust your blind drafts creatively, but not professionally. This hog wash of writing blindly or frantically non- stop with no looking back through the first draft will do you a creative favour if you instil an art of blending reality and imagination. But to make it more professional, you need to rewrite or place a room for discovery. The amusing problem with frantically writing forward without looking back until you finish the script is that each writing session often finds you in a different place in life and a different state of mind and that presumably increases the perceptions involved in the script and that is both amusing and problematic at the same time.
3) Drop your pen after the first draft: When you’re done with your first draft, walk away. It’s time for a little rest. Don’t give the script to anyone, don’t read it yourself; drop your pen and walk away at least for a day. When you return, read the script page by page without making any notes. Read it as a reader just trying to experience the story. This time the problems of your script will be so evident. Consider this day as a cleanse, ridding your mind of the many toxins associated with your script.
4) Criticize yourself: When the first draft is complete and you’ve taken a day off from it and have now read it, your job now is not as the original writer. You are now the re-writer, it’s a whole different job. You need to be objective. You need to step out of your skin and be your worst critic. You need to see each and every flaw of the script, big or small. Write till the final draft sweats out from your soul.
5) Share your script: Show your finished work to your friends with different tastes and backgrounds to get a variety of opinions. Be sure to ask for the cold, hard truth: you want constructive criticism, not flattery or lies. Regroup all the criticism and sprinkle some empathy into the script for a finishing touch.
By doing all this, your Spec Script is ready. If this script falls professional, you got to write the shooting script and that’s a whole new realm. Will discuss it on the next blog.
Forget not to bow your senses to this act of though and make your works more structured and artistic.