How to Choose a Title for Your Movie Script
Key Idea: The title is the most important part of the script. The title of your script is the first thing the editor will see, so it’s important to make it attention-grabbing and reflective of the quality of the script itself.
Summary: The title of a script is very important, because it is often the first thing that an editor will see. A good title will make the editor interested in the script and more likely to read it.
- The Importance of the Title
- The title of the scenario is important because it is the first thing that the editor sees.
- An attractive title will get the scenario editor’s attention at once and is the best possible introduction to that august individual.
- A unique combination of words, a name that carries an appeal, presupposes genius in the editor’s mind, and his interest is at once awakened.
- The Title as an Introduction
- A unique or interesting title will catch an editor’s attention.
- The title should be a reflection of the story itself.
- The Title as a Marketing Tool
- The title of a script is important because it can help sell the script.
- A unique or appealing title can catch an editor’s attention.
- The Title as a Reflection of the Scenario
- The title should be unique and interesting.
- The title should be reflective of the content of the script.
The Importance of a Good Title for Your Movie Script
Key Idea: The title of your script is important. You should try to find an original and expressive title that will help your movie script to be successful.
Summary: If you want your comedy film to be successful, choose a name for it that is original and expressive. A good way to make your film even funnier is to give it a name that uses alliteration.
- The Importance of a Good Title
- The title of your movie script is the first and most important step in its success.
- An original and expressive title is essential for a successful movie script.
- A cleverly titled comedy can be doubly funny and more likely to succeed.
- How to Choose an Expressive and Original Title
- An expressive and original title is essential to a good movie script.
- A good title can make a comedy doubly funny.
- The Benefits of a Clever Title
- A clever title can make a comedy more funny.
- An expressive title can help a comedy stand out.
- Alliteration can be used effectively in a comedy title.
- The Usefulness of Alliteration
- Alliteration can be an effective tool in choosing a title for your movie script.
- Alliteration can help to quickly give the editor an idea of what he may expect in the script.
How to Write a Scene
Key Idea: A scene is where the action takes place in one location.
Summary: A mistake that amateur screenwriters often make is not knowing how to divide a scene correctly. A scene should take place in one location. If the action in the scene moves to another location, it should be considered a new scene in order to save money on production costs.
- The Importance of a Scene
- A scene is a unit of action in a story, typically taking place in one location.
- A scene should advance the plot and develop the characters.
- A scene should be economically written, using as few sets as possible.
- How to Divide a Scene
- The Different Types of Scenes
- A scene is where the action takes place in one location.
- You cannot have your heroine walk from the parlor into the kitchen and show her in both rooms and still keep your action in one scene.
- A scenario in which a sensible economy of sets is made has a better selling chance than the scenario that calls for a different interior in every room.
- How to Save Money on Production
- It is important to be economical with sets in order to save on production costs.
- A scenario with fewer sets is more likely to be successful than one with many different sets.
In these days of expensive production it seems rather absurd to spend much time discussing how to cut down expenses.
How to Write a Movie Script
Key Idea: The single most important factor in a film’s success is its story.
Summary: The director of a film has more freedom to be creative with the setting of a scene if it is taking place outdoors, as there is no need to worry about building or finding an appropriate location for an interior scene. However, most scenarios require both interior and exterior scenes.
- The Length of a Movie Script
- The average movie script is about 110 pages long.
- Directors usually prefer simpler scripts with fewer interior sets.
- Exterior sets are often used in the summertime.
- The Format of a Movie Script
- Most scripts are written in standard screenplay format, which includes specific margins, spacing, and font requirements.
- This format makes it easy for directors and producers to see what is happening in each scene and to understand the flow of the story.
- Scripts written in standard format are more likely to be produced than those that are not.
- The Number of Scenes in a Movie
- A typical feature film has about 40 scenes.
- Each scene averages about 2.
- 5 minutes in length.
- Most films require both interior and exterior scenes.
- The Filming of a Movie
- Most movies are shot out of sequence, meaning that the scenes are not filmed in the order in which they appear in the script.
- This allows the director to save on costs by not having to build and rebuild sets for each scene.
The Benefits of a Scene Plot
Key Idea: The scene plot is a tool for the director to keep track of the various sets used in the play, not the producer or the writer.
Summary: The scene plot is a part of the scenario that is written to help the director. It is a list of the various sets, both exterior and interior, that are used in the play. The producer can use the scene plot to check off each scene as it is used in the picture. A scene plot does not increase the selling power of the scenario, but it does add to its value as a finished product.
- The Various Sets Used in the Play
- The scene plot is a list of all the sets used in the play, both exterior and interior.
- The scene plot helps the director keep track of all the different sets used in the play.
- Checking Off the Scenes
- The scene plot is a helpful tool for the director in planning and executing a film.
- The producer can use the scene plot to keep track of which scenes have been used in the film.
- The scene plot can be used to help the director visualize the sets and locations used in the film.
- The Value of the Scene Plot
- Following the Synopsis
- The scene plot is a memorandum of the various sets, both exterior and interior, that are used in the play.
- The producer can take the scene plot and check off each scene as he uses it in his picture.
The scene plot follows the synopsis and precedes your scenes.