Screenwriting, also called script writing, is the art and craft of writing scripts for mass media such as feature films, television productions or video games. It is often a freelance profession.
Screenwriters are responsible for researching the story, developing the narrative, writing the script, screenplay, dialogues and delivering it, in the required format, to development executives. Screenwriters therefore have great influence over the creative direction and emotional impact of the screenplay and, arguably, of the finished film. Screenwriters either pitch original ideas to producers, in the hope that they will be optioned or sold; or are commissioned by a producer to create a screenplay from a concept, true story, existing screen work or literary work, such as a novel, poem, play, comic book, or short story.
In this free script writing course you will learn how to write a successful script, what are the proven strategies and approaches of script writing, the difference between types of screen writing domain (movie script writing, spec script writing, TV screenwriting and more).
Here are 14 short, easy to read lessons:
🎬 Types of script writing:
The act of screenwriting takes many forms across the entertainment industry. Often, multiple writers work on the same script at different stages of development with different tasks. Over the course of a successful career, a screenwriter might be hired to write in a wide variety of roles.
Some of the most common forms of screenwriting jobs include:
📽️ Spec script writing - Spec scripts are feature film or television show scripts written on speculation of sale, without the commission of a film studio, production company or TV network.
📽️ Commissioned screenplay - A commissioned screenplay is written by a hired writer. The concept is usually developed long before the screenwriter is brought on, and often has multiple writers work on it before the script is given a green light.
📽️ Feature assignment writing - Scripts written on assignment are screenplays created under contract with a studio, production company, or producer.
📽️ Rewriting and script doctoring - Most produced films are rewritten to some extent during the development process. Frequently, they are not rewritten by the original writer of the script. Many established screenwriters, as well as new writers whose work shows promise but lacks marketability, make their living rewriting scripts.
📽️ Television writing - A freelance television writer typically uses spec scripts or previous credits and reputation to obtain a contract to write one or more episodes for an existing television show. After an episode is submitted, rewriting or polishing may be required.
📽️ Video game writing - Video game writing is the art and craft of writing scripts for video games. Similar to screenwriting, it is typically a freelance profession. It includes many differences from writing for film, due to the non-linear and interactive nature of most video games, and the necessity to work closely with video game designers and voice actors.
🎬Approaches and strategies of writing a screenplay -
Several main screenwriting theories help writers approach the screenplay by systematizing the structure, goals and techniques of writing a script. The most common kinds of theories are structural:
📽️ Three-act structure
📽️ The Hero's Journey
📽️Syd Field's Paradigm
📽️ The sequence approach
🎬 Dialogue and description – We’ll learn about Imagery , Dialogue, Plot
🎬 Screenwriting schools - If you want to take it to a professional level, you can consider checking out some screenwriting schools, you can find here are some of the best screenwriting schools in the world.