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Seven Basic Screenplay Requirements
by Eguaogie Eghosa Dec 02, 2021 Views (300)
Because of the facts about the film industry, this will be handy if you are new to screenwriting. If you're a seasoned film industry insider, I hope these definitions and explanations of the seven fundamental screenplay demands help you see parts you already know in a fresh light.

1. Entertainment.
Entertainment is the sole product of the movie industry. I don't only mean divertissement when I say "entertainment." There are a lot of films like this in the movie industry. Films that, regrettably, use unnecessary sex and violence to divert the audience's attention, but do not attempt to use any of the other tools at the screenwriter's and filmmaker's disposal – setting, action, characterization, plot, structure, and dialogue.

The word "entertainment" comes from the Latin word "intertwine," which means "to entangle." The screenwriter's job is to combine all of the available components into a compelling plot. The weaving should be tight and undetectable in well-written screenplays. Setting, action, characterization, storyline, structure, and dialogue should all be blended to avoid visible seams. A screenwriter who has mastered this skill has mastered the craft.

2. Commerce.
Writers who ignore the business side of the business are doing so at their peril. The film industry employs many silent faces, including bankers and financiers, marketing and public relations professionals, cinema owners and employees, accountants with their complicated procedures, tax lawyers, copyright and royalty collectors, and accountants with their complex procedures.

As a writer, you'll inevitably spend long hours alone writing, and it's easy to forget about the commercial and collaborative aspects of the film industry. The movie business is ruled by money and collaboration. Writers should learn everything they can about the business.

3. Contrivance.
The film industry is the most artificial of them. The movie business is the most artificial of any art form in the world, from how we view images on a screen to how films are generated by groups of technicians. As screenwriters, we must learn to fill the gap on the screen with visuals and sounds that match the cinematic plot.

We expect and accept the filmmakers' use of a variety of devices to tell the story. Just as in the bedtime stories our parents told us to make us ease into adventurous sleep. When we go to the movies, we expect one of two things: either the story will change our lives forever or we will not fall asleep.

4. Peeping Tom.
What happens to others captivates human beings. If you turn your head while going down the street at night, you'll see the shadow form of a naked figure against a bedroom curtain.

We all know how much we enjoy gaping.

The goal for screenwriters is to create a world that people want to look at and to make the screen characters, conversation, setting, and action so captivating that they can't take their eyes away until the very last frame, the very last lines in the screenplay.

5. Maximize, in minimal circumstances.
It's difficult to build a creative economy. A screenwriter must use every tool at their disposal to accomplish this. Keep in mind that you won't have access to many literary tools as a screenwriter. Poets, lyricists, and novelists should use alliteration, simile, and metaphor in their work.

In addition, a screenwriter is limited to writing what will be visible on the screen. To be able to come up with a script that is both intriguing and engaging, a writer must maximize his or her own life as well as his or her creative skills.

6. Hollywood, love it or leave it?
By Hollywood, I also mean the time-honoured practice of filtering every script. There are flaws in the Hollywood filtration mechanism. Many bad scripts are written in Hollywood. The reason for this has less to do with the movie industry's politics and more to do with the pay-or-play deals that currently rule the industry.

Yes, Hollywood is a significant filmmaking centre. However, when I say Hollywood, I also mean film production hubs in other major cities such as New York, Toronto, Hamburg, Vancouver, Barcelona, and London.

Every year, the Hollywood industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars producing screenplays, allowing writers to write for a living. However, Hollywood films are made solely to make money for the producers and investors who funded the production budget (and the writer's check).

7. Audience: the most crucial screenplay requirement.
Screenwriters frequently disregard their audience, which is quite astonishing. If you ignore the audience, your screenplay career will very probably be jeopardized. Going to screenwriting school won't help either, because most film schools don't grasp the value of audience research.

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