Screenwriting

SCREENWRITING

RAY FRENSHAM

Goal: successful scripts

Category: writing

Content:

  • Improve your techniques
  • Develop your range and ability
  • Get your work published

Be where you want to be with teach yourself

  • Have you an idea for that script to end all scripts?
  • Want to break into screenwriting but are not sure how it works?
  • Do you need practical advice to improve your screenwriting skills?

Screenwriting shares with you Flay Frensham’s extensive knowledge of this demanding but exciting industry. It takes you through the processes involved in transforming your ideas into a format that will really work on screen and shows you how to present your finished work to its best advantage.

“Everything that you need to know can be found between these covers.” Total Film Magazine

Ray Frensham is a film and TV production finance broker and script adviser. He lectures and writes regularly on screenwriting.

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Contents

Acknowledgements

Foreword by Andrew Davies

Introduction

why read this book?

original vs. adapted

screenwriting: a collaborative process

defining the screenplay

the snapshot nature of screen drama

film and television: similarities and

differences

starting out

your writing day: self—discipline and time

management

the role of the Script Reader

screenplay layout: your visual language

pages

scene headings

scene direction

camera angles

montages

paragraphing

entrances and exits

character cues

actor direction

dialogue

sound

originating your ideas

pre-writing

your goal as a screenwriter

B.FEF. — the burning passion factor

thinking creatively

generating ideas

how do l generate these ideas?

filtering and testing your ideas

developing your ideas: from idea to framework

some definitions

getting it clear

how do l choose my main story?

‘Writing Backwards’

there are only eight basic stories

genre

whose story is it?

the three-Act linear structure: an introduction

the one-liner

taglines

theme

title

background and setting

subplots

some final considerations

creating your characters

choosing a name

creating three-dimensional characters

character functions/categories

the protagonist

character biography —analysis/checklist

backstory

secondary characters

minor characters

cast design

another perspective on cast design

the counter-character chart

character flaws

audience identification

character goals, growth, motivation and conflict

character growth — the transformational arc

character motivation

conflict and character

types of conflict

principles of conflict

obstacles

developing conflict

final comments

structure

the classic three-Act linear structure

what goes into each act?

some observations

structural variations

the Hero’s Journey approach to three-Act

structure

multi-plotting

plot variations

the two-Act structure

four and five-act structure

portmanteau films

‘deep structure’

the sequence

the scene

creating a scene

dialogue

subtext

enhancing emotion

character motivation and structure

the motivational through-line

momentum: building tension

subtext

raising the stakes

pacing

upping the ante

information in the screenplay

revealing and concealing information

plants and pay-offs

image systems

the rule of three

the next step

the one page synopsis

the step outline

the treatment

the actual writing

the exploratory draft

the craft of the rewrite

first rewrite: understandability

second rewrite: structure

third rewrite: characters

fourth rewrite: dialogue

fifth rewrite: style

sixth rewrite: polishing

the ‘finished’ item

getting feedback

titles

presentation

assembling your portfolio

taglines

the one-page synopsis

the treatment as a selling document

copyright

a brief and painless guide to knowing your rights

agents

what they do, how to get and keep one

adaptations, shorts, soaps, series,

sitcoms and collaboration

adapting for the screen

writing short films

soaps, series and sitcoms

the industry: how it works and your place in it

breaking in

the industry: your place in it

targeting the market

producers and howto survive them

taking a meeting

the pitch and pitching

in development

your career as a writer

know yourself- market yourself

reputation

rejection and how to deal with it

writing courses and seminars

final comments

what do Readers and producers look for in a script?

ten things you must do if you want

to be a screenwriter

ten guaranteed ways to fail as a

scriptwriter

and finally

screenwriting and the Intemet

search engines

reference databases

sites for screenwriters

homepages

screenplays online

communities, forums, groups, bulletin boards

e-zines and newsletters

breaking in

miscellaneous

software packages

some final thoughts

taking it further

futher reading

useful addresses

answers

index

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