I started writing my screenplay because I could not wait. First scene I need to describe more. It’s an action scene, and I just wrote the jist, but I read that if it is going to be a minute of action, that description should cover a page. UGH!! Tough, but I can detail out the scene, not to the minute I’m sure, but at least give it a page and a half or more.
This could be a very easy or hard project, depending on how you look at it. The movie I am basing it off has a long 10 minute action scene (the sequel’s opening was about 8 minutes). So my dilemma is how much of that action do I need to describe? Sure not every little detail.
Other than that, writing went smoothly. The first 4-5 scenes run pretty smooth. I’m keeping dialogue short, clean and to the point. I so freaking love screenwriting for this! No need to belabor a point. And if any dialogue does not move the story forward, it has to go!
I was in the habit of adding quotation marks to the dialogue, LOL! That was funny to me. I have been writing screenplays before I wrote my first novel, but the last five years, it’s been about novel writing. So I guess it is difficult transitioning between the two.
What do I most want to be known for, movies or novels? Hmmmm, tough choice for me, but I think I will go with movies. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE movies! I mean, I love reading books as well, but movies really get me going. And I’d like to think that 4 years of college is not totally wasted if I can break into the film world. Sitting in all those classes watching those classic movies (that I mostly slept through). Learning to direct, produce, edit and write films.
Hey, it wasn’t film school, but it might as well been. Lots of people don’t even know what I majored in at college. Or, like others in classes with me, think my goal was to produce television news or go into radio. Very few people pick a small Midwestern college to study film.
I think my screenplay form could use a little help. I had a book that taught me how, but can’t find it, so I think I will check some out from the library. Of course, if I buy one of the software packages, I wouldn’t have to worry about tabbing over, centering this, (v.o.), (o.s), CAPS for names, etc. But there is something about doing it old school as well.
LOL, love those scene headers!