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3 Ways to Bring Your Movie Closer to the Big Screen

15 OCT 2012
Career Path : Arts and Entertainment

For script writers, movies exist everywhere. And by ‘everywhere’ I actually mean that literally. Devoted script writers tend to create movie scenes pretty much all the time and in any situation. From the little things, like the smell of fresh bread roaming out of the corner bakery, to the big things, like social movements and global affairs, a writer can be inspired by almost anything.

But exactly does one do with an inspired idea? Writing a screenplay is a long and dedicated task, and even the greatest ideas in your head might not translate to the page. For example, a fantastic beginning won’t necessarily culminate in a coherent ending. Writing a screenplay requires a lot of forethought and preparation. You need a basic understanding of how acts, scenes and sequences work. You also need strong characters that learn and grow over the course of the story. You need to integrate a degree of sympathy and respect for your audience. You need believable dialogue. You need setting descriptions and fact checking. You need every line on every page to be better than anyone would expect.

Even after  you’ve got all of these elements, you still need one more thing: to sell your movie. Across the country, people are looking into programs to learn not just about writing a screenplay, but what to do once it is ready hit the market. Film production schools are becoming world leaders in producing top quality screenplays and screenplay marketers. Here are three of the main things you need:

  1. Stellar script. It sounds obvious, but it isn’t. Is your idea off-the-charts unique? Does it have a coherent beginning, middle, and end? Also, does it contain proper style, layout, formatting, and page length?
  2. Treatment. This is a full recounting of the narrative as it is presented in the film in prose form-that is, a scene by scene breakdown of all the events as the audience will experience them. It should run around 2000 words, or about five single-spaced pages.
  3. Pitch. Can you summarize your film in one sentence, giving an essence of the character and the main obstacle? Imagine you find yourself in an elevator with a big time producer and he is giving you the length of the ride to pitch and sell him your idea. Make sure your pitch is strong enough to convince anyone that your film would be a worthy investment.

These three elements make up what we could call a script bible. It can also contain sections for character summaries, background information to the setting, and stylistic cues for the overall intended look and feel of the movie.

With Canada establishing itself as a forerunner of film production, our cities and landscapes are more than just locations. Film and television schools are increasingly seen as harvesting grounds for great ideas and innovative story-tellers.

Visit Trebas Institute for more information on film schools in Canada.