Scaling Back

The Chronicles of Phoenix was my first official script and I didn’t know what I was doing. I “dove in head first” trying to learn as I went along. Honestly, the story was not flowing. I wasn’t feeling it.

I recently switched from writing in a structured format to a freewriting format. I feel like that works for me. Back to stage one.

On another hand, the other script that I was working on, I enjoy working on it. There is another story that I am freewriting and I enjoy working on that as well.

With The Chronicles of Phoenix, I tried to stretch the story and make it 100 pages. It wasn’t a 100-page script. This time I will try and not stretch it out and flow with the story.

The thing about working on projects is that it’s necessary to start on a small scale and take things in pieces.

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Plans for my scripts (Screen journies Update)

It feels like I have slowed down after months of working on The Chronicles of Phoenix but between trying to do other projects and life I haven’t felt like working on it.  I have read some other blogs and also just reading so that I can become a better writer.  So I take micro-breaks for a couple of days (lol weeks) and pace myself.  My plans for the script are to eventually turn into a small budget project. After talking to a friend of mine who finished up his pilot, I was inspired to take the approach of doing a small project but, I do not plan on doing this for a while.

How To Write a Story: Introduction

There are a lot of stories, and a lot of mediocrity, but there is a story that hasn’t been told. You have an idea for the perfect story, but you don’t know how to share it with the world. I was in the same position, but through my years of writing, I have learned some valuable lessons that I would like to share.

I’ve written many stories and explored many different mediums to express myself. These mediums include: storyboarding, book writing and now screenwriting. With this blog series will be a step by step guide on how to write a story. Most of the information that I will be presenting comes from experience. These pointers have helped me, now let me help you. You have the ideas, and I have the plan to make those ideas come to life.

The first step to writing a story is knowing what you want to write about. Think of something that you would like to see in a book or movie. These ideas can include building a world, character or scenario that you want to explore. The idea is the foundation for your story. The idea is the focus of your story and it will help you stay organized.

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Reading Screenplays and Where to read them

Are you an aspiring film maker or just like movies? Reading scripts helps film lovers and those learning the craft have a deeper connection to the movie. With this blog post I’ll go through why a script is important and where to read scripts. Enjoy!

If you are an aspiring filmmaker or screenwriter, it is imperative that you skip this step in your process. Go read some scripts.  It is the first step in anyone’s journey to making or criticising a film. A script is the meat and bones of the film and without it,  the film will fall apart. The script is vital to understanding the film and the direction it was taking. I, Within my own process of writing my script, read a few scripts and that helped me feel confident in my writing and working with the script format. After reading a few scripts, you will too.  In this post, I will share where I read my favorite script with you.

 

Awesome Film

Awesome Film is a great place to start when reading scripts. They do not have a wide selection, but they feature a lot of cult classic scripts such as The Big Lebowski. There are also some classics such as the Graduate in their collection.  The downside, however, is how limited the selection is. One thing to note is that when you click on a script, another tab will not open and you will move away from the home page.

 

Screenplay Database

Screenplay Database has a great collection of scripts. There are some more recent additions to their collection like 12 years of Slave as well as classic movies. On this website, there is an Academy award icon that’s next to each film that won an Academy. The downside of using this site is that the library only had 400 scripts,

The Internet Movie Database

The Internet Movie Database has a large selection of scripts that are well organized and categorized.  Some of the selection are extremely recent scripts like LaLa Land.  What makes this website standout are the reviews. I find most of the reviews very helpful and thorough. If you feel compelled to do so, you can leave a review yourself.

Simply Scripts

Simply Scripts has the most well-organized selection of scripts.   You can look for scripts through genres and alphabet. The most unique part of the website is on the homepage, you can see the more recent additions to their script collection. Right now they have the script of The Room and I am sure that will be an interesting read.

 

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7 lessons that I’ve learned while writing my first official script

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A script is what makes the film. Many of the best movies have the best scripts and many great directors have written their own scripts. The script plays a major role; it’s imperative not to have one. As I finish up my own script, I want to share some of the knowledge that I’ve gained. This information is valuable to those who aspire to make a film but do not know where to start, those who are in the process of writing a script or someone who critics movies.

Here are 7 lessons I have learned while writing my script:

1. Read other scripts
-When I started writing in Celtx I felt overwhelmed. Even though I had read a various amount of scripts, I still had trouble with formatting and writing. After reading a few more scripts while I worked, I had more confidence while I wrote.

2. Scripts are blueprints for making a film.

– The script includes all of the details such as how the scene should look, feel, what the character is doing and dialogue. When there isn’t a script then a film goes downhill. The script keeps the organization and flow of the story. An example of a film without a completed script is, Myra Breckenridge. The film had many issues that inhibit its completion. The staff was confused about the direction the movie was going in and that issue caused a lot of fights. Not only is this film known for the feuds, but it is also known as a bad film.

Sidenote: I actually like the book and the movie.

3. Writing a script is a tedious process

– A script is (often) over 100 pages. Each page contains transitions, dialogue and descriptions of the scene which include the camera details as well as character details.

4. Changes will happen

-One of the challenges of writing is creating the story. In order for the story to progress, changes need to be made. Some scenes will need to be taken out because they add nothing to the story. Some details may need to be added in to help move the story along.

5. Writing a script can be therapeutic and fun

-As a writer, my inspiration comes from life experiences and dreams. When I use my life experiences to tell a story it is therapeutic; I can examine my feelings and pour out my emotions into something that it healthy. When I use my dreams, screenwriting can be fun because I can explore a new world and get into the mindset of a different character.

6. The opening scene is hard to write.

– There is a lot of pressure to write the opening scene because it needs to grab the attention of the viewers. Because writing the first scene is hard it is also difficult to write the first word! Even though I have 2 outlines finding the way to word the opening scene is still difficult. For my latest project, the opening found me. I stumbled across a song that perfectly summed up the feelings I had for the scene and I wrote it. Do not pressure yourself to write.

7. The Outline is the blueprint for your script

-The outline helps with writing the script, the more detailed your outline is the difficulty of writing it lessens. The outline is like a skeleton for the script and it helps you have an idea of how the story is going to flow.

 

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What is my Script even about? (The Chronicles Of Phoenix)

 

The Chronicles of Phoenix

My script is about a woman from an ancient civilization named Phoenix. Phoenix has just married but after she married her husband (Berrington) her tribe is wiped out.   Years after the massacre, Phoenix goes back to the land to soul search. While she writes in her journal a comet crashes into her but she isn’t dead. Her tribal blood protects her from natural disaster so, her blood absorbs the flames from the comet. After the accident, a science lab picks her up in hopes that she will solve a major crisis on their hands.  Unfortunately, Phoenix’s husband works for the Lab and does not know if his wife is dead or alive.

So what do you think about the story so far? Comment Down Below:)

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Stacking, Going Over and Everything Else (ScreenJournies)

The Chronicles of Phoenix update

It’s been an odd couple of months while writing my script.  My life is tearing apart and possibly getting better (hoping for good things). A lot of events have been happening. But overall, I have been working on my script and nearing the end of the second draft.   I am hesitant to say that it is my second draft because I have a long to go. I want to add some things and change a lot of things. It is more like an official first draft more than a second draft because I did change the script completely from what I initially wrote down.  So that is my update for The Chronicles of Phoenix.

Stacking

As I am finishing up another draft,  I feel if it is time to add some more projects to my list. This practice is called stacking.  It is a valuable skill to have in the Industry.  Many great screenwriters have done this and kept up was consistent with the quality of their work.  I have been thinking and writing the outlines for my next projects.

Anyway, that is all I have to say about my screenwriting journey today 🙂

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