Movie Script Writer

No movie can be initiated without a movie script writer. It is the movie script writer who gives shape to an idea in the form of a script, creates believable characters, and writes catchy dialogues. Most of them specialize in a particular genre and are adept at weaving a convincing story to give the audience a visual treat. Without script writers, producers, actors, directors, and other executives involved in the film industry would have no project to work on. Attending a film school does not guarantee that the movie script writer would be able to write exemplary scripts; what is required is a creative bent of mind. The quickest way to master the skill of writing for movies is by writing. Much of what they put together is based on real-life situations. Their ingenuity and power of observation leads them to build upon what they see and hear and craft scripts that are made into movies. Relationships and interactions interest them, and these are later translated into stories.

A movie script writer has to work diligently and not rush through the process of completing the script. Enough life might not be infused into the story if the writer tries to finish in a hurry. Another key point is that screenwriters should not write only for money. This might thwart their imagination. Monetary benefits will surely follow, but while composing the script, it will be wise to focus on bringing a story alive; a story that is in their head and needs to be poured out onto the paper. Competition is very stiff, and the gates of the industry, tightly shut. It is only a lucky few who get an entry. Knowing somebody within lets in another who is without. A movie script writer may opt to work as a freelancer or as an employee. Most of the skills required to work as a screenwriter for movies can be honed through experience. Since their stories have to appeal to a diverse audience, movie screenplay writers must be aware of the latest developments and trends. Besides, what they write should be authentic.

The movie script writer has to keep to tight dead-lines and schedules the script is in the developmental stage. Additionally, they must possess marketing, organizational, and collaborative skills. This is because they have to sell their scripts to the production houses or agents and work along with others. Being well connected is even more important than having a college degree from a film school or from a school of creative writing. Job opportunities for a good movie script writer are always available, and this trend is expected to continue through 2018. Movie script writers are paid quite well but are overshadowed by other executives of the industry both in terms of money and limelight. Script writers have to abide by the norms of the industry and follow a tight, precise format. Movies have to be of a particular length, and that is why they have to be of about 100-120 pages. A minute on the screen is equivalent to approximately a page of the script.

A Pie for Critiquing Movies

When the average movie goer watches a movie, most of the time people would rate it just for story only. But there are more elements than that which compose a movie. A movie depends on not just story, but how it is acted, how it is directed, how it’s paced well and various smaller components that can affect how good or bad a movie really is.

Allow me to show you how I look at a movie and I will use a pie model to determine how it all fits to enhance the movie going experience.

I would say first that the story needs attention. Most of your average film buffs just simply look at the plot line to make the viewer decide. While it is vital, it’s just taking up 30-35 percent of the pie. You can have very strong writing, great character development, tell a story that has a beginning, middle and end that gels together. Yet, if the actors involved give half-hearted to lazy performances and if the director doesn’t pace his movie well, the viewing experience goes mostly all for nought.

Let’s look at acting. Today’s actors get paid very well, but they still have to deliver, just like a pro athlete has to make good his role to earn his pay. The actors need to make the story come alive with convincing characters and situations. This also takes up 20-25 percent of the pie, and this is very true when it comes to a film based on actual facts. Here’s a case in point:

* “All The President’s Men” gave us the story about two investigative journalists trying to crack the case of Watergate. Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman gave knockout performances and became, not just playing, Bob Woodard and Carl Bernstein. I also include the wonderful Jason Robards who won for Best Supporting Actor becoming Ben Bradlee. Now if these three gentlemen had given less than stellar performances by playing, not being, these characters the film would have failed despite being a true story.

It is the job of an actor to bring the audience in, allowing the viewers to care about their lives and situations they are facing in the story. But while we have two components of a film, there is a third important element that is needed to make the film really sing: The Director.

I also give the director element 20-30 percent because he or she is responsible for making the action happen, creating a narrative flow and bringing out the best in his or her actors. Usually the director gets together with the actors and writers to make sure the product is effective. I see the director like a music conductor; getting the actors to say lines properly, making the story flow along without big bumps in the road, checking with his cinematographer and editor to get the correct shots and pacing so that the viewer can watch and enjoy the film more.

Finally, between 5-15 percent is everything else; the camerawork, editing, music, art and set decorations, special effects in most cases these days, costume designs and makeup to name a few. Sometimes one of these things can stand out and help the film become even greater if everything else fits in perfectly.

The percentages I have given can be flexible, so sometimes you can have a movie that is 30 percent story, 30 percent acting, 30 percent directing and 10 percent everything else which is just about a harmonious balance. You can also have the movie being dominated by acting over story, or having direction saving the day over both acting and story.

For me, I have two films which have created a great even blend of storytelling, acting and directing.

* “Citizen Kane”: Orson Welles gave us a wonderful film loved by very many. It works because Welles put his heart and soul into not just his role as Charles Foster Kane, but his zestful direction which allows the story to flow evenly. The opening scenes get us hooked into a mystery, as well as a magnificent essay on a very knowledgeable man who rose to fame as a publisher. His Mercury Theatre players had a true hand on making each character shine, giving each one some importance in telling the story. Mr. Welles was not even thirty years old when he made this classic which has more than stood the test of time.

* “Rocky”: Sylvester Stallone had tried to sell his story about a washed up fighter who gets a chance to compete for the heavyweight title. Eventually, United Artists did find something they liked, but wanted an established star to play the main character. It was Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff who managed to listen to Stallone who wanted to play the title role, as long it was kept on a low budget. To most, the story is a “Cinderella” type, but Stallone making his characters very real, the great direction of John G. Avildsen and very fine acting from a cast of mostly unknowns back then with the exception of Burgess Meredith made this a true classic. It is also one of the best loved sports movies of all time, managing to create five sequels. Bill Conti’s score was a huge plus here.

At times one can take a movie that has a good story but is marred by lousy acting and a flatlined pace. Case in point:

* “I Dreamed of Africa”: Director Hugh Hudson, noted for his Oscar winning “Chariots of Fire”, helmed a true story about a woman moving to an African preserve with her husband and son. In the process, she overcomes a few perils and becomes very involved with animal rights. This story is very interesting, but was marred by Hudson’s sluggish pacing and a banal performance from Kim Basinger who did not give enough conviction as the heroine.

Yet, there are times where you can have a mediocre story enhanced by good acting and good direction. Also you can have a good story and good direction which saves, most of the time, ho-hum acting.

So the next time you look at a movie, take a hard look at the three main factors: storyline, directing and acting. Put those three elements along with little things like music, camerawork and editing and you have your total experience of watching a movie. Remember, it’s the pieces of the puzzle that compose the movie and not just story, story, story.

Be a Movie Director

Everyone likes Hollywood movies and stunning Hollywood movie stars. Have you ever dreamed of being a director yourself? You can direct a movie, which is the reflection of the world in your imagination. Someone thinks it is very hard to direct a movie; however, you can finish it if you can be brave enough to take the first step.

How to direct a movie? If you have no idea of movie directing, you can learn some basic rules to make a movie in this article. You need four basic factors to direct a movie, including script, actor’s performances, camera angles and music. Maybe you cannot be a famous director; you can still direct a movie to memorize your life. And your family and friends can also join your movie project.

Firstly, you need a script. You can write the script by yourself or ask your friends to write it for you. If you get the script from others, you need to read the script to know what the story is. Of course, you also need to read the script if you write it on your own. Maybe you’ll read it for countless times during the movie directing. There are different characters in the script, so you’ll know their respective roles in the movie. A good movie director should be a good story-teller, so you need to understand the inside meaning of the story. Storyboard the shots and sequences for yourself, your crew and actors.

Secondly, actor’s performances are very important. As a director, you should help actors and actresses to perform well during the movie shooting process. You need to make sure that actors and actresses feel comfortable with you, so they can go over difficult lines at ease.

Thirdly, good camera angles make a good movie. Keep your camera angles in balance when you direct your first movie. And you can take some daring ones in next movies later on. Different scenes need different camera angles. If you decide to shoot a heroic shot, you can have the camera looking up at the actor, or you can use aerial shot to make the “being watched” scene. Sure, a good director masters all basic shots, including wide angle, medium angle and close-up. Wide angle, or establishing shot, enables the audience see surroundings, getting a sense of time and space where story is situated. Medium shot is good for seeing a group of people. Close-up shot is suitable for seeing an expression or detail of a key element or prop.

Fourthly, choose good music for your movie. A Hollywood movie always has a specific music team. As you may not have such a team, you can choose appropriate music following your feelings and ideas. Your music tone should be matched with the movie tone. A song that contains high-noted, rhythmic song with gaps gives a light feel. Low and slow give a scary, sneaking-up-on-you effect. High and fast is good for action.

If you want to direct a movie, just do it now. Buy used video equipment or rent Sony HD monitor, you can still direct your movie. Your movie director dream will come true if you can take the first step.