(module 3) The Screenplay: The Blueprint Matters

Writing is a challenge to many people, and yet a gift to others. Where do you fall within that range? In the middle? At the top? The bottom? No matter where we are on the scale from a writing standpoint, most humans are drawn to stories (real or imaginary), to characters, and to the lives enveloped by conflict. Check out this video to explore the “simple truth of writing.” *Disclaimer PG-13 language to follow:

The screenplay is truly one piece of the movie-making puzzle that is essential before the project can really get moving. The screenplay is the foundation. There are three types of scripts that are sold & purchased: The standard script, the spec script, and the adapted script. Read the R.B. Jefferson’s article linked here:screenplay-starts

What is A Screenplay and Why is it so Important?

After reading this short article (linked above), watch (or listen) to any two of the following screenwriters dialogue about their craft.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin discusses the craft of writing for TV and the silver screen in this NPR Story and the CBS News Story. Sorkin shares his “7 Rules for Screenwriting” here after the Toronto Film Fest in 2017. He also dives into his work on writing the Steve Jobs biopic in this interview:

Oscar-winner Emma Thompson is known for her brilliant acting talent, but many are not aware of her screenwriting prowess. Here, she talks screenwriting, acting, story, and character.

Caitlin Moran is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author, talkshow host, and a screenwriter. Here, on this Meet me at the Movies extra, Caitlin chats with Noel T. Manning II about adapting her semi-autobiographical book “How to Build a Girl” for the Big Screen. She also shares life lessons, plenty of laughs, the power of the word “yet,” and pure intoxicating joy.

Ami Fuller Brown lives in Southport, N.C. and discovered a gift for writing several years ago, and has developed into a script consultant, script doctor, and a screenwriter for hire. Here, she shares her screenwriting history and philosophy.

Writer and debut director Kelly Fremon Craig offers an amazing coming of age film in The Edge of Seventeen (2016). She talks with Noel T. Manning II on WGWG radio & about her career and the art and science of filmmaking here. Kelly  also offered uncredited support for the 2018 film Bumblebee



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  1. Rave Scripts says:

    Great advice from these pros. Sorkin is one of my favorites. He wrote The Social Network which is one of my favs. That reminds me, I need to watch A Few Good Men.


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