Saturday, April 4, 2009

Screenwriting with passion! Why screenwriters write...

. Saturday, April 4, 2009
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I would like to take the time to just write a small post on why write. My opinion, we write because we have something to say or show, that has never been written in the way you will express it into the screen or paper. The hardest thing to do, is actually write. Our lives get in the way and then something that we have a true passion for, and would do almost anything to become/ achieve, quickly becomes a dream instead of working on it to make it a reality. Treat screenwriting as something that you have to do, put it in your schedule, make it a part of your life, and believe it. Ask yourself: What will i do in order to have time to write? How far am i willing to go to achieve this goal? What is the importance of my writing to me, and how should I prioritize it among the other 100 tasks in my daily routine?
I just keep saying this to all of you, Just do it! Don't lose your focus on your true passion and purpose!

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Screenwriting Lesson- RM for screenwriters

. Friday, April 3, 2009
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Great video about scceenwriting.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Curious case of Benjamin Button Screenplay - Screenwriting Reading

. Thursday, April 2, 2009
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Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Download this PDF by clicking the "More" tab right above the screenplay and then just download the document. Enjoy!

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Screenwriting Software

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Here is a list of screenwriting software i found. I have tried several of these. It took me a while to find all of these, but, to help you, here they are.

BPC-Screenplay - Screenwriting Software for Windows

Celtx - An open source project for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and GNU/Linux. Easy to use and great formatting options.

Final Draft - Professional screenwriting software for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

FiveSprockets-vScripter - Web-based story-development and scriptwriting software.

Montage software - Popular screenwriting software for Mac only.

Movie Magic Screenwriter - Integrated professional screenwriting software. Available on Mac and Microsoft Windows.

Movie Outline - Professional script writing and story development software for Mac and Windows.

Page 2 stage - Free open-source software, designed specifically for Windows. Available in a variety of languages.

Scripped - Great free online screenwriting website.

Zhura - Another great free online professional screenwriting software. Features public and group collaboration.

Pago - Screenwriting plugin for the open-source Vim Text Editor.

My favourite is actually CELTX. I find it very easy, simple and awesome to work with. after you format it you can even pdf it with it's own internal PDF'er, which just makes it easier for you. www.celtx.com for more info and video tutorials.

Get more information on these screenwriting programs here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_screenwriting_software

Please let me know if you have any other screenwriting software that i didn't list here.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Screenwriting Lesson by Professional Screenwriter P Haggis

. Saturday, March 28, 2009
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Here is a great Screenwriting interview and motivational too!! Enjoy!


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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Just do it!! Otherwise...

. Saturday, March 21, 2009
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Do you know how to tell a successful person from a unsuccessful one? The main difference is the way that they speak about their goals. And this applies to anything! This is about screenwriting but can be about wanting to lose weight (going to the gym or going on a diet), writing on a blog or any goals you may have. The difference between both people is that the unsuccessful ones say: "One day i will do this" "I hope to do this" and the winners set a time limit on their goals.
You wanna know something, that day will never come! The reason people say it is to not be responsible for their words, gives them a way out. There's never failure in "someday", that's the way out, but in return, you'll never be successful!
Now, if you place a time limit on the goal you want to achieve, it's the first step. Losers hate this because they hate failure, successful people are not afraid of failing because that's what they learn from. Every successful person will have allot of stories on how they tried and failed and how they learned from it.
So my advice is for you to just stop talking about how you want to "someday" do it, and start now. Go to one of my previous posts about how to start with your ideas and turning them into something. Just plan your goals, set a time limit/ deadline and get right to it.
Failure to plan, you're planning you're failure.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Great Screenplay Story Ideas - Now what?

. Saturday, March 14, 2009
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So, you have this Idea that just hit you for a movie screenplay. It interests you and you know exactly why it would interest others. You know the genre you're going to write about. But, before you start writing the draft, you have to analyze the Idea you had in the first place and think about the possibilities and other details to take in consideration.

-If your idea was sparked by an event, how did you find it? Was it reading the local newspaper? a magazine article? Your friend told this story? It can be anything, anything out of the ordinary that you could make it work cause everything happens for a reason, and by using your imagination, just wonder with the possibilities.
-Was your idea about a character? Well, research is needed: Someone caught your eye that you thought was intriguing? If you read about a character in a book, you may do some historical research and find fact about her. If it's someone you know, you may watch that person closely or you may even try to schedule an interview.
-Did your idea come from a conversation with a friend? or just something you overheard while sitting in the park? It doesn't matter if you overhear something from someone that you don't know or with a friend, conversations are always a great way to have your imagination going with vivid images of the situations that are being chatted about.
-Was it sparked by a location? A great scenic view of a lake or river, mountains or even a city can always trigger something. When i talk about location, i mean anywhere. something funny that happens in your office, A proposal at the rooftop of a 13th floor building while the sun is setting etc... Just note all the little details of that image: smell, layout, lighting, colors and sounds.
-Maybe from other art related material like pictures, paintings, museums, books, poetry... What inspired you by it? the poet that was spilling his heart on the paper, the tight streets on a small street in a small town of Italy...


Your work may start where another artist ended.

Also visit: http://www.armandocabral.com/2009/03/getting-idea.html for some great additional information.

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