So you want to write a screenplay but you have no idea where to begin? Here are a few tips to get you started:
2) Start a swipe file. Carry a notebook to keep track of ideas. Read the news. Eavesdrop on conversations. Write them all down.
3) Write a logline for your favorite idea. A logline is a one-sentence description of a movie; visit IMDB.com for examples. For instance, IMDB’s logline for Titanic is, “A boy and a girl from differing social backgrounds meet during the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic.”
4) Write any story ideas out into paragraph form. This may need to be adjusted later to fit the three-act structure. (More on this in a future blog post.)
5) If you do not have screenwriting software, it can be done using Microsoft Word. Celtx is free scriptwriting software; easy to download, easy to use.
6) Now that you have your idea, logline, synopsis, and software, you are ready to write.
Still feeling a little lost? Tune in to our next post on December 3 for the next step.