Goal: successful scripts
- 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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Foreword by Andrew Davies
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
your writing day: self—discipline and time
the role of the Script Reader
screenplay layout: your visual language
entrances and exits
originating your ideas
your goal as a screenwriter
B.FEF. — the burning passion factor
how do l generate these ideas?
filtering and testing your ideas
developing your ideas: from idea to framework
getting it clear
how do l choose my main story?
there are only eight basic stories
whose story is it?
the three-Act linear structure: an introduction
background and setting
some final considerations
creating your characters
choosing a name
creating three-dimensional characters
character biography —analysis/checklist
another perspective on cast design
the counter-character chart
character goals, growth, motivation and conflict
character growth — the transformational arc
conflict and character
types of conflict
principles of conflict
the classic three-Act linear structure
what goes into each act?
the Hero’s Journey approach to three-Act
the two-Act structure
four and five-act structure
creating a scene
character motivation and structure
the motivational through-line
momentum: building tension
raising the stakes
upping the ante
information in the screenplay
revealing and concealing information
plants and pay-offs
the rule of three
the next step
the one page synopsis
the step outline
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
assembling your portfolio
the one-page synopsis
the treatment as a selling document
a brief and painless guide to knowing your rights
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
the industry: your place in it
targeting the market
producers and howto survive them
taking a meeting
the pitch and pitching
your career as a writer
know yourself- market yourself
rejection and how to deal with it
writing courses and seminars
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
screenwriting and the Intemet
sites for screenwriters
communities, forums, groups, bulletin boards
e-zines and newsletters
some final thoughts
taking it further