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Step by Step Guide on How to become screenwriting expert in Different Genres

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9 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Introduction to script writing

    • 2. Four Elements of the script

    • 3. Theme and Genres

    • 4. Character formation

    • 5. Plot and sub plot

    • 6. Unity of charcater time and space

    • 7. Dialogues

    • 8. Budget

    • 9. Analying audience

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About This Class

My name is Sahrish Gull and I warmly welcome you to my class. In this class you will be able to learn about how can you write a script for any type of niche, varying from writing a movie script, talk show script of simple show script. In each case, you will have to follow some general steps which I have taught to my students in this class on screenwriting

  • After taking this class on screenwriting, you will be able to Develop you own script
  • Understand the complex scripts
  • Get information about character formation, plots and subplots, complete flow of screenwriting and much more
  • Start your future as screenwriting expert

Hence, this screenwriting class is complete for anyone who wants to start working as freelance writer. So, just jump into the class and start learning the best techniques of screenwriting in shortest time.

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1. Introduction to script writing: script writing is basically a form of writing, which enable you to find yourself in the realm of television industry. As a writer, you create pictures of your ideas using words these words air further use for creating an actual a real picture and television. Several characters take shape of actors and actresses, and your imagination takes shape of human bodies that can be seen on any type of screen. Script writing is one of the most usual form of writing nowadays, with the vastness of screen industry, the need of scripting is also increasing day by day. In this course, you will be able to know about the kinds of scripts and how a specific script is developed within the criteria given by expert authors. However, the terminologies which I will use within this course, are primitive, but they're still used in developing and outclass drama or screen quick 2. Four Elements of the script: four elemental plot while writing a specific father stripped of any plot. The first thing is to understand how the entire story develops. There is always a specific pattern to follow while writing a story. Before starting the training, you must know about the four major elements of a specific plot. The first element is exposition. This part of the story is introductory part and tell us about the main theme territories genre off the story and so on. You are going to create a picture in the mind of the audience with this stuff, for example, you will tell what is the setting? What is the time? What is the location? Which are the main characters, which are the secondary characters? Who is going to face the further action? What is the main theme, like love or action? And what are the sequences of the scenes? Hence you can say it is very much about the word. What the second element of applaud this resolution? Or in simple words, you can see rising action in this part of the script. You weren't going to show some action that show the main thing. You don't have to worry about characterization time or place because all these things were done in the first part of the script. This rising action can be anything like development of character or story itself. For example, if you're writing a suspense trip, you will write about rising action like someone is scared of a murder. Police is investigating the case, How the murder is, son, how the criminal ran, how he left some big proofs and so on hands you can say exposition is about what is action and rising action is about how is action happening. The third element here is the revelation or a simple words. Climax is the best part of the script. Because most of the dramas or screenplay's got hit because of nicely developed climax. It is actually the peak of any script. For example, if you're writing a suspense screen plea, the climax can be police catches the criminal and how the entire scene happens. The fourth part of the plot is catastrophe or falling action, that is Thea aftermath of climax. This can be a happy ending or a tragic ending of the story. Very much depends upon how the climaxes turned down. If it is a tragedy the stories, clothes and a sad mode. But if it is a comedy, the climax is also comic, and the ending is a happy ending. Let's take the old example. The ending of a suspense trip will be closing off case by police showing how the criminal is caught and how we actually did the crime. So these four elements are the basics of every script, and you have to understand them completely before moving on to the next lectures. 3. Theme and Genres: So you are starting writing a script. You'll repent in your hand and you have a bundle of papers before you. What is the first thing you will write? Or I should say, What is the first thing that will come in your mind? Is it character? Is it location? Neither of them. The first thing that will pop up in your mind is the genre and theme of the script. First thing will be genre, whether you were writing a love story, a family drama story, a sitcom, a new stripped at the same time. The second thought will be the theme of this trip. For example, if you're writing a love story, the theme can be a love story between a vampire and a college girl. If you're writing a script for a news interview with a politician, the theme could be current affair. Any current issue, let's say Prime Minister Mystics. So writing starts from a single sentence, and then, from one sentence you have to create a full fledged crypt. It's like from one dot on the map, you have to create a complete building for your ease. I will write a scrip side by side So let's say I am writing a script of a suspense plea. My genre is his pens, and my theme can be investigating murder of a lady by her boyfriend. On this part. We are not going to elaborate how this happens or why this happens. The reason can be in falling action or rising action. 4. Character formation: forming characters. Once you find out the John Ryan theme of this script, the next step will be forming characters. It means how many characters will be there. What is the main requirement of the characters and how many characters air primary and secondary It is very much like mapping the entire characters and creating images, which you want your audience to perceive. Let's take the example. We are developing side by side. The crime case investigation needs a police inspector, so he's the primary character. The lady was killed is also the primary character. The boy who is in love with her is also a primary character. But what about secondary characters? Yes, you have to develop them here. Let's say the lady has a husband, two Children in a meat. The boy has his father and his mother. The investigating officer has a team for his help. There can be 2 to 3 people in the neighborhood for investigation, so these secondary characters and primary characters are involved in the entire action. If you will find a need of adding any other character, you will do it in leader part. But as a draft form, I think these characters are enough 5. Plot and sub plot: plots and subplots. Now the next part of the script is about forming a plots and some part of the story. Whenever you will write a specific script, this will be the most complex situation for you, because focusing on the main plot and running some plot side by side is a mastery of a writer. The main plot is about one or two characters and some positive about the side characters of the story. These subplots gives help in rising action or development of the scenes and essential for increasing the attention of the audience. Let's straight the plot and subplot here asked me supposing previous lecture. We were writing a script about the suspense. Crime, please. What will be the rising, ashen remain plot? The main plot will be the love affair of the lady with a boy. Let's say the boy is a college boy and the ladies his neighbor both are interested in each other. This will be the main plot now, the subplot. The ladies married and has two Children, but her husband remains out of city mostly and not able to come up with their sexual desires, which compel her to attract towards the neighbor boy, we usually watch her. Whenever she goes out. The boy is preparing for his final exams and crazy about his career. This is the subplot. Another part of the subplot here will be the investigation of the police. For example, the police will ask the husband about the lady being desperate or having enemies out there There can be seems like investigating a dead body and so on. However, all the scenes will be developed according to these given subplots and main plot forming characters. 6. Unity of charcater time and space: unity of character. Time is peace. After developing the plot and characters, the next step will be developing unity of time, location and catchers. If you're really old place of expert authors, we will be able to know that there was a big role of this unity in those plays because developing right action at the right time with the right character craze, an exceptional product for the audience. Let's have a look on all these elements separately. Unity of character with time means the character must perform certain ashen at exactly the time which is in favor or against this action. For example, the lady must start an affair, recalled the boy, this home when her husband is out of station, or it's nighttime so that no one can see them. There can be several scenes on such situations. Let's say sometimes it's night time. Sometimes the husband is out station. Sometimes the Children are sleeping, and sometimes the maid is about to leave the house. Similarly, the character must be compatible with the location. For example, the lady can meet the boy on a rooftop in night time so that no one can see them. Similarly, the boy can visit her house when the Children are sleeping. There is no single unity, but the unity of time and location with the character makes a strip out, sending and believable remember believability. It's one of the main element of a successful script, so uniting the characters with time and location is another primary element of this trip and mixing it with plot and theme. It is very much like a diagram, which is interrelated with each other. The main part is there and now another most important part, which is the dialogue development. 7. Dialogues: writing dialogues. This element of the script writing is as important as developing the theme because what the characters will speak and what words must be used, it is a significant aspect of every stripped. The dialogues must also be compatible with the environment that the writer will present in the scenes. For instance, if you're going to write about a romantic scene and there is night time in your seen, the dialogues must be according to the nature and demand of the scenario. Similarly, whatever the image, you will create your characters. This image will be developed with the use of dialogues in action. The characters peaks about what you want to present before the audience, so selection of words and dialogues is quite important. Let's proceed without example. Now the scene is like police is investigating with a neighbor, and a teammate is with the inspector. The dialogue will be us followed Inspector to the lady neighbor. Have you ever seen any suspicious activity of this lady lady? Never. Sure, she has been very good at everything. She used to follow the routine, like after sending her Children to school, she usually used to go to the bazaar and bring some vegetable or me to cook. Nothing unusual, Inspector. To his constable aside, I guess it will be useless. Investigate with the neighbors. We have to find someone within the house who can tell us about in house activities. See, where is the maid? So what do you think? What image of inspector comes in your mind? It is three image of an inspector devoted to his work. And that is the main character of your story. In this way, the dialogues Aer formed. 8. Budget: budget. Another important element of a specific script is the budget of the entire show. The capital or investment depends upon what genre have you selected. If it is an interview, the budget will be low, whereas if you have selected a screenplay and drama, the budget will be high. And if, luckily you are writing for a featured film, the budget is usually in millions. In each case, assessment of budget is also on scriptwriter because while selecting locations, time and characters, the estimated budget specified by the producer and director, the first thing is how much hiring a catchable costs. Let's say the main catchers will charge 1/4 of the entire budget, then the second. Their characters must be hired and developed. According to the rest. Pacific Budget must assume the specific budget for hiring actors. It's $1000. We have three primary characters, and each of them takes $200 for performing. In this screenplay, the other secondary characters must be hired within the budget of $400. However, the budget management is not the task of this proprietor, but when the director or producer specifies that the primary characters air costing high the writer has to limit the secondary characters to limit of the budget. The second thing is how much the location will cost. It must be compatible with a budget of the screenplay. For example, if the location is somewhere in Europe, the cost will be high. Whereas if you're writing a story locating in some poor location, like some slum or a small village, the cost will be low. For location, the writer can develop compatibility with the location this fall. However, selecting an appropriate location is significant for creating a long lasting impact on the mind of the audience. The third thing is timing. When the scenes will be directed. Seems a petty thing, but it is costly when your director is going to shoot the film in night time. There is a big issue of lighting in such case. Makeup, aback, tres and lighting is costly in night time as compared to daytime. So it is also necessary for us Rip Ryder to keep this element under consideration while developing the script. The rest of the elements, like what accessories must be there while creating the scenes. What should be the dialogue delivery medium extra extra. The director and producers take all hectic off these elements so you don't need to be concerned 9. Analying audience: type of audience or analyzing audience before writing any script. The first you have to analyze which type of audience you're focusing. For instance, if you're writing a comic for Children, you must analyze what type of content a child will like. Let's take the example of Harry Potter. A child lives in a utopian world. Anything that it's unbelievable and new leaves a great impact on the audience of that level . Creating a script with a new type of experiment can either take you on the apex of success or in the bottom of failure, apart from child level audience. If you're writing for an audience where youngsters and interested in career e into the relationship oriented content, you have to keep them in mind while writing the script. Hence every type of audiences there and selection of audience depends upon directors. However, you have to keep such audience in mind while writing this script