Straight to the Point

I decided to write this up as a reader. I’ve read many scripts and the most of them didn’t capture my attention. When I start to read this kind of screenplays, I don’t know what happens, it sounds boring… Stop, that’s the point: boring, don’t be boring.

We know, there’s a method to write up your screenplay, the Master Scenes, ok, it’s the basic rule, however you need of improvement in your words too.

A couple of months ago I went to a screenplay festival and I heard the words of an agent, Matt Leipzig, from the Original Artists. He told us about the work of an agent and all his experience in a script reading. I remember Matt said something like this: “a screenplay must be professional, and be able to taking me on a travel”. Well, it seems me a Dungeons Master’s enigma, however, he’s absolutely right.

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Matt’s lecture

When you’re learning to write up a script, everybody says: “oh, don’t going to write a book; you need to go straight to the point, show the film!” That’s ok, I agree, it’s true, but, there’s a little of poetry and an intriguing writing into the good script (nobody says that), so I have to say – don’t be foolish, read up more screenplays and hear less out the bla, bla, bla. 

You’re a screenwriter, you have to write up 99% to people who don’t know how to write a script, it means: agents, executives, producers or common people (usually screenwriters send out their drafts to friends and they write back him/her – feedback), we’re talking about people who want to involve themselves with the story. What I’ve been seen about it can be defined in a few words: keep up your writing EASY, INTRIGUING and BEAUTIFUL.

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Mr. Everybody and all his knowledge

My advice is read up the best screenplays to absorb this practice of writing. There are many bad screenplays, I mean, their stories can be amazing, but their writing is very poor, non-attractive (crazy paradox). It’s like when you’re hungry, you want to feed up yourself and your food arrives on your table, a pretty good looking, but you don’t feel any taste – someone forgot to put salt on it!

To end up, I want to share out a little part of a screenplay that I think attractive to a reader. Its reading was easy, intriguing and beautiful for me. Check it out:

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“The Walking Dead” pilot

You can read up “The Walking Dead” pilot here: (http://www.zen134237.zen.co.uk/The_Walking_Dead/The_Walking_Dead_1x01_-_Pilot.pdf)

Original Artists site: (http://www.original-artists.com)

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