Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television

Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television
Flash Frame Visuals Academy, Bangalore, India

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Screenwriting Tips

Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television
Bangalore, India

Screenwriting Tips

In one word if I am asked to describe pre-production …it is nothing but solely planning. Planning how to put your words across to make it into script, planning where to rewrite and how to make it better, planning what next to after scripting and so on and so forth! But many times while planning, we tend to overlook certain things, which are really important to have a tremendous output.

A quick look on few other pointers

Deciding on subjects

  • Choose your subject carefully; you are going to live for long time- Make sure day & night, eating, sleeping, breathing, you think only about that subject. Something which not only is very close to your heart, but something which you yourself will never get bored off and would love to stick to it till your film is out.
  • Through your film, be concerned for others- Even if subject has been chosen by you, always keep audience in mind…whether they too would be interested in the subject and if yes, which best way they would like to watch it.
  • Chose a subject and issues you would love you learn more about- You should grow each day while making a film. Before starting the script, devote sufficient time in researching about your subject. If you like it, definitely you would love to know more about it and share it with your audience too.
 Questions when assessing a script

Students of Flash Frame Visuals Academy, analyzing their script

·      How visually cinematic it is?
·      How well would it play with the sound turned off?
·      Whom did you care about and find interesting?
·      Is the plot credible, or can it be made so?
·      What is the screenplay trying to do, and how is it going about it?
·      In each scene decide what each character wants, moment to moment. What do they do to get it?
·      What stops the character and how does he and she adapt to each obstacle?
·      Are obstacles intelligently conceived to put the characters to the test?
·      What is the screenplay’s premise?
·      Time the film; does the story content merit the time it takes onscreen?

Script Scenes

  • Mark beats and critically examine the working of each dramatic unit.
  • See whether each scene can create more interesting questions in audience mind.
  • Eliminate scenes that repeat information or that fails to advance the story.
"Script Supervisor" plays an important role in the Production Team

With this, I conclude lessons on script and screenplay writing. We have already discussed enough on these topics. 'Write , write & re-write' this is how I would like to conclude about writing A little wait and new topics would be discussed in next issue, which would make you think more creatively and professionally.Till then keep writing and happy reading.

Ref: Directing- Michael Rabiger

Article written by :
Aditi Keerthi Kumar
Head - Academics
Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television
Bangalore, India
E-mail : aditi@ffvacademy.com

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