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July 13, 2007 at 9:06 pm #305830
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EmuSlayer

Ok, I suck at writing scripts, are there any tutorials that I could read or tips that anyone could give me to help me be able to write good scripts?

July 13, 2007 at 9:08 pm #305831
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Krick

Not really.

Watch a lot of movies. Read a lot of books. Absorb all the stories you can and draw inspiration from them.

July 13, 2007 at 9:13 pm #305833
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Nick Durron

Well, there is a Scriptwriting Tutorial in the Encyclopedia, but that’s more about the mechanical parts of scriptwriting, not the actual story.

As Krick said, draw inspiration from other works, but don’t copy them, like Eragon did. Make a story you would enjoy watching in a film, and if you don’t like it, then others probably won’t either.

July 13, 2007 at 9:21 pm #305837
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EmuSlayer

Ok, thanks!

July 13, 2007 at 9:28 pm #305840
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JoeStrout

“Nick Durron” wrote: As Krick said, draw inspiration from other works, but don’t copy them, like Eragon did.

No kidding. I only saw the movie, didn’t read the books; but in the movie at least, the whole thing was just cribbed together from other sources. It was actually kinda fun to identify all the different places they stole from… but that was about it.

Hmm… maybe a Eragon spoof brickfilm would be fun…

“For the glory of Pern!!! …Er, I mean… what are we calling this world again?”

…but that would requiring watching Eragon more than once, which just doesn’t seem worth it. :)

July 13, 2007 at 9:31 pm #305841
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matias

I am writing scripts in the way I can easy make film from them :)

I make scripts in the way only I can understand them MUAHAHAHHA

July 13, 2007 at 10:10 pm #305850
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conquintor

Celtx is quite a handy program for script writing. Just start writing and hopefully the inspiration comes along the way.

July 13, 2007 at 10:33 pm #305861
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matias

I have just downloaded Celtx – AMAZING !

July 13, 2007 at 11:46 pm #305887
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Nick Durron

I hadn’t heard of Celtx before now. Looks awesome. I’ll definitely be using it from now on.

July 13, 2007 at 11:56 pm #305890
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An Old Ore

It sounds a bit old, but it’s true – ask “what’s my motivation?” for the characters.

If you have a ‘bad guy’ who is bad for the sake of being bad, then he’ll seem two dimensional, or basically fake. If he has a reason for being ‘bad’ then it gives the character more depth.

Same for the ‘hero’. He shouldn’t go save the girl just because she’s a girl and happens to need saving. He should have a reason for it.If there is a corrupt policeman, why is he corrupt? If there is someone trying to take over the world, why is he / she trying to take over the world? Always ask that question – why? why? why? why?

However, because most brickfilms are only a few minutes long, it becomes vital that you remove anything from your script that isn’t moving the story forward. If your hero is on a great quest, don’t stop and do little side quests that won’t get him closer to his eventual goal.

Every scene has to have a reason for being there. If you have a scene where the hero walks out the door to the mailbox, gets the mail and then walks back to the house – how is that moving the story forward? You’ll have about 30 seconds of walking and the audience getting bored. You could have a three-second shot of him standing next to the letterbox, look at the mail and exclaim ‘Oh No!’ or ‘Oh Yes!’ depending on whether the news was good or bad.

The last thing I’ll mention isn’t related to the script, but is related to telling the story: dialogue. If your ‘actor’ can only stand there with a smile on it’s face, you have to use the voice to portray the emotion. Don’t deliver the dialogue with a monotone ‘ohnoIamsoangrythatIcouldscream’ – it doesn’t work. It sounds more like a statement rather than an expression of emotion. It should be spoken more like ‘Oh no! I am so ANGRY that I could SCREAM

Or better yet, just have the performer actually scream in rage. Show, rather than tell.

July 14, 2007 at 12:18 am #305893
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Mirko

If what you want is a book about screenwriting, I have read not the whole book but enough of Robert McKee’s “Story” to say I can recommend it. It’s not a step by step guide or a book of rules but rather explains the foundation of good stories in general with hints on how to develop them. I quite like reading it at the moment.

Mirko

July 14, 2007 at 1:43 am #305898
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“Nick Durron” wrote: I hadn’t heard of Celtx before now.

I’m surprised with your plethora of software and other gadgets that you haven’t. Indeed, I use it myself and it is a great shortcut to writing scripts. Be warned that there are some bugs – once it skewed my entire script, but thankfully I had uploaded a backup version on their website.

July 14, 2007 at 1:50 am #305899
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Krick

I once lost an entire script t Celtx too, so backing it up is a good idea. It did force me to rewrite the script better though.

July 14, 2007 at 3:11 am #305912
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skull brick

For my films, I usually write lines down for things I keep getting wrong. I record a couple of times to get something right. And then I see which one I like the best, and put it in the film. For simple yells and screams, I just yell and scream.I guess.

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