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Tips For Writing A Screenplay

  • Every great writer must start somewhere. Begin by pouring $156,000 into an undergraduate degree.

  • Your screenplay should address a central unifying question, such as “How do we as humans transcend the tragedy of loss?” or “What have those Smurfs been up to lately?”

  • Shatter the conventional expectations for female leads by developing a protagonist who is both intelligent and attractive—but who knows how to crack a joke, too.

  • Consider including at least one character named Big Jeff.

  • Anytime you use “FADE OUT” at the end of a scene, remember that the audience can’t see anything that’s happening until you fade back in.

  • Indicate clearly at the beginning of each scene how VFX will make it worth watching.

  • Take an occasional step back to review your script and double-check that a sense of artistic validation isn’t obstructing its commercial viability.

  • Once your first draft is finished, scan for spelling errors, then crack open a pack of brass fasteners.

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