Monday, March 15, 2010

S: Screenplay. (Dedicated to my Creative Writing instructor, Karen Press.)

for Creative Writing class each person in my class is assigned a topic and a date, and told to write about it on their blog. Today is my day, and my topic is "screenplays."

Before CreComm I had absolutely no idea how to write a screenplay. -- To be honest, I don't think I was overly interested in the technical aspect of screenplay writing because I assumed that I would one day write a book, and some poor screenwriter would do all the work to make it into a movie.

Ah so naive and foolish.

Now that I have had a little bit of experience, I must say that writing a screenplay is a lot more complex than it sounds; it's not only writing lines, or picking out songs for the soundtrack (that was seriously one the first things I always did when I wanted to write a movie...)


Writing a screenplay is so much more detail oriented; you have to set up the scene, write and capture the 'emotion' of the characters. You have to explain so much, both verbally and visually, and you really don't have a lot of time to do it in.

Take any given show that you watch; there is always a main plot, and two sub-plots taking place during any one episode. Characters have to be established, and if they already are, then you have to write in a way that allows them to progress...

It's really rather technical.

I don't watch a lot of movies, but to end this post, I think I will leave you with a link to the screenplay from one of my all time favourite films; 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.' (It's a little different than the movie, but still so incredibly good!)

If you haven't seen the movie, go here to read the plot summary and synopsis.


  1. Great screenplay, that. Try the one for Being John Malkovich -- if you thought the movie was crazy -- earlier version of the screenplay was even crazier!