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How To Explain A Screenplay

Adam Scott

Before you begin writing a screenplay, you will need to learn about screenplay writing. In the following three steps, you will learn how to describe your screenplay in the most precise way.

Laying a foundation

It is necessary to make a solid foundation before you move on to the hard work of writing your screenplay. This foundation will consist of the following sections:

  • Characterization
  • Plot
  • Description

Next, you will learn how to lay a foundation for character and plot in a screenplay.

Characterization

Characterization is the greatest piece of foundation you can build on. Before you write a single word of screenplay, you will need to learn the basics of character and plot.

You will learn how to plan and structure your screenplay using character and plot.

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Plot is an important piece of foundation that supports character and plot. Plot is broken down into 3 main parts:

  • Summarizing the scene
  • Setting the stage
  • Scenarios and antagonists

Finally, you will learn how to outline your screenplay in three steps.

Writing screenplays from scratch

It is essential to get used to the act of writing scripts before you start to write a single word of screenplay. The following three parts will outline the fundamentals of screenplay writing.

This will prepare you to create a solid foundation before you write any screenplays.

Screenplay structure

Start by reviewing the structure of a screenplay.

This structure provides a quick overview of what your screenplay will look like.

Show

This is the way a script acts like a story. It shows the audience what happens.

Story lines

This is the placement of each scene. Every scene tells a story.

Story lines are important in screenplay writing. Each scene tells an important part of the story.

Scene

The scene has the most importance. Every scene in your screenplay is important.

A scene has a purpose in helping develop the plot of your screenplay.

Timeline

This is the placement of all the important scenes in your screenplay. You will have to plot the timeline of the story before you can even begin writing your screenplay.

Exposition

The major parts of the screenplay all have different themes. This is the places you can use descriptive language to help the audience understand what you are trying to tell them.

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In the first section of the screenplay, you need to decide what themes you want to be in your screenplay. In the second section of the screenplay, you need to decide what kinds of characters you want to use.

In the third section, you need to decide how the theme works within the screenplay.

Reasons

This section is the most important one. You will need to tell your audience why they should care about your screenplay.

The reasons have to help the audience understand the purpose of your screenplay.

Because of this structure, you will be able to write a script very quickly. When you begin a screenplay, you will not have any idea where to begin.

The structure will help you outline your script and the main characters very quickly.

Character and plot

If you are writing a screenplay, then you need to understand character and plot. If you understand these 2 essential parts of screenplay writing, then you will be able to create a solid foundation before you start writing a single word of screenplay.

You will need to understand character and plot in order to begin writing a script. Without the foundation, it will be very difficult to create a script that is successful.

A character is simply someone who takes an active part in the narrative of a story. A plot can be defined as a series of events that are led by a protagonist or antagonist.

In order to understand character, you must have some experience writing scripts.

If you have no experience writing screenplays, then it is best to read books on character.

In order to understand plot, you must have experience writing screenplays.

If you have no experience writing screenplays, then it is best to read books on plot.

Once you have gained some knowledge, then you can begin writing your screenplay.

In the beginning, you will have to write a rough draft of the script. This is simply a type of outline for your script.

This is used to help you think through the plot, character and theme of your script. You will use the outline to write the first draft of your script.

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This is the very first draft of your script. It is written as a short story, so it is not very long.

The first draft of your script should contain about 2 to 3 pages.

The draft does not have to be very long, but it should contain some characters and a plot. The draft is not required to be complete, but it is very useful to make sure you stay on track with the plot.

It will also be a good starting point for your storyboard.

Storyboard

When you write your script, you will not have any idea where your story is going. This is a very difficult time.

In order to survive and succeed, you will need to write a storyboard. The storyboard is a visual guide to help you think through your story.

Your storyboard is a visual guide that helps you think through your script. Your storyboard will help you connect the characters, the setting and the plot.

There are many different storyboarding tools, but I suggest using one of the free storyboard templates on plot.com

The free storyboard template

Most screenwriters use storyboards to structure their scripts. When you first begin writing, you will have a difficult time getting the characters right and creating a good plot.

The storyboard will help you create a strong foundation before you start writing.

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