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It is often difficult to assess whether any meeting is successful or not. The purpose of any meeting a screenwriter takes with an agent, manager or producer is to establish a relationship. It could be short or long term.
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Character conflict is the basis of an engaging screenplay. What exactly are the causes of conflict? These limits form the basis of the character arcs of good screenwriting.
They tie…. Humans beings are a curious lot. So too are your characters. Traditional storytelling tropes dictate that the characters in your screenplay must have a goal. They must relentlessly pursue that goal to its conclusion whether they achieve it or not. They must have compelling stakes to reach their goal, and the escalation of the obstacles….
Richly layered characters form the basis of every quality screenplay. Characters have distinct learning and processing styles which influences their knowledge. Their knowledge also informs their moral codes and personality types. Here we make three bold predictions for what may be in store for screenwriters in the near to distant future.
Screenwriting software has evolved over the years, but we have yet to see a substantial shift with the new technology that is available today or in development for the near future. The writers behind Stranger Things , Matt and Ross Duffer, created an eye-opening visual presentation for their series pitch. Such practices are already used for the pitching process. Why not inject these practices into near-future coding to create screenplays that can utilize visuals to give the script reader a point of reference?
This practice would better communicate the intended scope and atmosphere that the screenwriter is trying to convey within their cinematic story. Visuals could be peppered throughout the script or through optional links and pop-ups that the script reader could access with a mere touch of their screen.
While some screenwriters would unwisely overindulge in this option — including poorly directed and acted versions of scenes featured in the script — others that are savvier to the craft could feature original conceptual art, special effects reels, or full concept movie trailers. But a company like Final Draft or any competitor could easily partner with Silicon Valley companies to create the next generation screenplay software and files that offer a more streamlined and aesthetically pleasing option.
Since music is a big part of the cinematic experience, screenwriters could even upload musical temp tracks that can be played during the read of the script for certain pinnacle scenes, sequences, and moments. The technology is already there.
We just need the bravery of a few souls to attempt to change the way we look at and read screenplays. And do so in such a way that enhances the experience and places more context to aid the writer in communicating their cinematic intentions within their stories. Video game writing is a unique position and skill. We need to debunk the fantasy that screenwriters often have when it comes to writing for video games — that they can conceptualize their own stories, characters, and concepts and sell them to the video game industry, much like they would try to sell spec scripts to movie studios.
Screenwriters need to consider entering the industry through the various technical doorways of game design. However, what if screenwriters and coders could collaborate more like a writing partner unit, to the point where a screenwriter can conjure an image and the coder can immediately render that image — much like a screenwriting duo that has one person dictate scene description while the other types?
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Imagine what could be available to coders — and their screenwriting partners — ten or twenty years from now. And then look no further than the untested world of Virtual Reality. Imagine the day when coders can create the worlds that screenwriters envision — and then allow people to inhabit those worlds in digital form. Learn how to train yourself to be ready for screenwriting success with this free guide. Before the s, screenwriters and actors worked within specific studios under contract for multiple projects.