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Started by Michael David Kuhlman. Last reply by Michael David Kuhlman Sep 7, 2009.

Scriptwriting Software 3 Replies

Started by Gordon Lamb. Last reply by Michael David Kuhlman Sep 7, 2009.

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Comment by NehemiYah Yisrael on November 13, 2008 at 11:50am
Apology not necessary. Very well put GL. I think a great script is all about building relationships. Between the characters and each other and between the audience and characters.

Another set of eyes and ears does help clear up plot conflicts and unclear points, but sometimes it can be a case of too many cooks in the kitchen.

Have you ever done the 48 Hrs project? You receive a genre, prop, line of dialogue, and character name. You then have 48 hours to write, shoot, edit, and deliver the finished short.

Everyone always wanted to be a part of the script team, and we were put together by teachers from school so to me it was all a big mess. Incompetent chiefs and no Indians is all bad.

I have had good experiences with people who respect my opinion and who's opinion I respect, and have come up with some interesting scripts. Collaborating with other creative people is very rewarding on a lot of different fronts.

Good idea...let's do it.
Comment by Gordon Lamb on November 12, 2008 at 8:54pm
Who uses Final Draft for scriptwriting?
Comment by Gordon Lamb on November 12, 2008 at 3:17pm
First off, I should apologize, I've been neglecting the groups because we don't get points for posting on here. Selfish, I know. But when the competition is over I will focus on these more.

A good script first off needs a good story. Without that, there is no script. I read something in a movie making book that the script should not be overly descriptive, especially when it comes to character's emotions. Then I was watching the Oscars one year (whatever year Children of Men was up) and they did a thing for the scriptwriting award where they read the script while showing the clip of the movie.

It was then I realized how much description actually goes into a script. Since then, I have tried to capture that same mood when I write. I'm not overly descriptive, but I am more so than I used to be.

I think characters need to have a purpose. If they don't move the story along, then they have no business being there. Same thing with dialogue. It needs to be dynamic and move the story along. Everything that comes out of a character's mouth needs to have meaning. A good piece of advice I read was when writing dialogue, think about a situation where you had a conversation, then later thought to yourself "damn, I wish I would have said THAT!" THAT is what needs to be written, the best possible thing to say. Keep the dialogue dynamic and interesting.

There needs to be a clear beginning, middle and end. Tell me a story and tell me the WHOLE story. Comes back to purpose, if it has no purpose or doesn't move the story along, then drop it.

This is my philosophy, but I would like to hear some more on this. I would also like to see this group possibly share ideas on actually scripts. Getting the outside opinion helps to remove stale elements.
Comment by NehemiYah Yisrael on November 12, 2008 at 11:30am
Gordon what do you think makes a good script?
 

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