Learn Screenwriting through Scripts


You may have heard that writers read a lot. For novelists, it’s easy to recognize that other books can provide guidance on everything from characterization to world building. It’s the same for the aspiring screenwriter. Even though the finished form of the piece is a film, which is visual art, nearly every narrative film begins with a screenplay. Reading other screenplays will help you learn how to write them yourself.

The difference between watching a finished film closely and reading a script closely is that a whole film takes into consideration not just the story itself but all the other filmic elements that make the film what it is, from mise-en-scène to sound to editing. Done well, the form of the film creates the narrative. It transcends the script to truly become a visual art form. Reading a screenplay closely, the writer is left with nothing but the initial kernel…

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The writer of these words did not originally want to put words to paper, but to draw the glorious things he saw. However, he could not draw from images in his mind. He could only draw those things he saw that had been drawn by others. He then almost died one day and that urge to draw became the urge to write. Again, however, the fuel was not always there, and before he knew it it was his senior year of high school, and he was tasked to write a 50page novella for a final project. This became the fuel and started his path of being a full-time writer. He may have struggled and may have made no difference in the world of man nor money in his hand, but he still moves forward. He currently is writing a comic book that has an artist who draws the things that are envisioned. Life could be better, but it could be always worse. So he keeps his head low to write but high to live life. This is the story of this man, to know more, read the words he has put into the world of the web. View all posts by WhiteShadow

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