From Idea To Movie Script

Here are some tips from Pilar Alessandra, an L.A. based script consultant from On The Page. Here are some tips for fleshing out your initial idea into a feature screenplay:

STEP 1: Brainstorming

Find your hook. Nail your story. Define your theme, conflict and genre. Who is your hero?

STEP 2: Outlining

Outline your movie beats and characters (main and supporting). Define subplot.

STEP 3: Scene Inventing

Help your characters tell their own story. Characters drive plot. Define their arcs.

STEP 4: Formatting

Discover your unique writing style. Use caps, space, single word lines and punctuation to convey emotion.

STEP 5: Dialogue Writing

Establish character voice. Add subtext.

STEP 6: Polishing

Use style, format and tone to hone your pages.


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