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#1 nada

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 06:39 AM

"I want to write a movie script.

But I don’t know where to start or what the proper setup should look like. Anyone know a good institute that would show me how to write one? or if anyone knows how to write one give me some advice and tips. thank you. "
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#2 Serge Teulon

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 07:23 AM

First you need to apply by forum rules and please put your full name in your profile.
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#3 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 08:45 AM

"I want to write a movie script.

But I don’t know where to start or what the proper setup should look like. Anyone know a good institute that would show me how to write one? or if anyone knows how to write one give me some advice and tips. thank you. "



Yes. There are too many to list here, but lucky for you, you can find them all at http://www.realfilmcareer.com. Just scroll down the the "Resources for Screenwriters" topic. http://realfilmcaree....php?topic=12.0

Specifically look for the Wordplayer link and read EVERY page on the site.

I also highly recommend Film Scriptwriting, Second Edition: A Practical Manual (Paperback)
by Dwight V Swain (Author), JOYE R SWAIN (Author)
. http://www.amazon.co...l_top_3_rdssss0
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#4 Paul Bruening

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 08:52 AM

Have you done a web search? There are some simple rules that are followed concerning the shape and form of the print-out. You can get those rules from how-to books. There are templates kicking around the web that work in MS word. You can also buy the scriptwriting software.

As far as the creative parts of it, that's harder to say. Lots of people try to write and lots of stinking scripts float around out there. But, it's no different than in the novel writing world or the art world. One thing is for sure, if you goof-off and never write anything, you'll never know if you have the creative juices inside you.

Most people , here, will advocate that you get your hands on some writing books. Few people here will be willing to write a thread requiring so much information. Read some books and then come back and ask some specific questions. I'm not trying to talk down to you. It's just more practical this way.

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Never mind. Brian's answer is better.
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#5 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 01:17 PM

Yes, there are quite a few script writing books out there. William Goldman's "Adventures in the Screen Trade" is a good fun starting point for budding film scriptwriers. Syd Field's books are good.

Check out the BBC Writersroom. They have a script template for Word, plus advice, mostly for TV and Radio, but much can cross over
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 07:21 AM

Hi Nada, to take script writing as a career it is advisable to take up a professional course , script writing is much more tougher than it sounds, for different movies the script format is different , Whistling Woods International provides a one year course in script writhing here is the link : http://www.whistlingwoods.net/main.asp t care..
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#7 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 06:21 AM

Hi Nada, to take script writing as a career it is advisable to take up a professional course , script writing is much more tougher than it sounds, for different movies the script format is different , Whistling Woods International provides a one year course in script writhing here is the link : http://www.whistlingwoods.net/main.asp t care..


I gather from another thread that this school is in Asia, you should consider cultural differences if you're planning to write for a western audience. Feature film script formatting is pretty standard, it's the TV industry that seems to have a different script format for each programme/soap opera and that's only the BBC.
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#8 Rhys Cooper

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 03:02 AM

You might want to read up on some free scripts from movies already made. I have read the Kill Bill and Resident Evil movie scripts. Also Charmed and a few other TV show episodes. They are all fairly interesting.
To structure scripts faster and easier you might want to try something like Final Draft, it's cheap, small in size, fairly easy to use and exports to a variety of different formats (.doc, .pdf, etc).
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