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#1 C Kenneybrew

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 06:24 PM

How long does it take to write a 115 pg script? What is the best way to get over a writers block?
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#2 Josh Brokenbourgh

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 07:07 PM

C Kenneybrew-

For me the structure I learned in basic script writing class helped greatly. My professor is published and she recommended the act format.

Act one, two and three.

In act one within 10 minutes there is a "inciting incident" or a major turn of events that changes the main characters goal. 30 minutes.

In act two we learn about setting, plot and towards the end of this act we have another "inciting incident" but this time it usually affects the characters will, or goal negatively to the point were we aren't sure that the character will make it through. This act is usually the hardest to write because you have to be very creative in the way you destroy the hopes and dreams of the story. 30- 40 minutes.

In act three it gets worse for your character but hope is on the horizon. Ten minutes to twenty minutes for this act ends most of the problems are resolved or understood. 20 - 40 minutes.

A page should be an edited minute.

You should only write in the form of a story.

You should start from a simple idea and structure the complication around the main character(s).

Writing an ensemble is difficult- a story with many stories/main characters IE: Oceans 11 etc.

Dialogue is the most important. Setting is second.

Try to leave out camera movements etc, this is the director/writing staff's job.

It takes about 2 months for a fast writer to get the first draft done. But the script you give a production company/director is considered a first draft.

Check out Final Draft, or Movie Magic software it's very easy to use and allows you to think about writing instead of format.

Many great scripts are pure dialogue, and only dialogue- Example: The Big Lebowski.

Writers block: Drink a glass of wine (or a bottle, I prefer something like a Pinot or Chardonnay :P) and plenty of water. Know your art, geography, and era related materials- for inspiration- so if your not writing, your reading and examining great examples of what you want to achieve.

Watch the special features to "American Graffiti" and you will be surprised at how that script was given the green light.

Happy writing!
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