Scripting: The Building Blocks of Cinema

Hey Filmmakers, 

It’s getting chilly out there! Tome to sit down and rug up, and start thinking about your script! It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when trying to script your film, so we’ve dropped some of our top scripting tips below to help you along!

With new rules coming into place to keep us safe, now is a great time to get creative, think outside of the box, and stay connected with mates over video chat. 

Happy filmmaking!

Top Tips: Getting Words on Paper

1. Go at your own pace
You might be someone who can write half your script in one sitting, you might be someone who spends ten minutes a day on it – probably, you do things your own unique way, which is the way to do it! Scripts are fun and creative, so work in the best way to keep the pressure off (unless that’s how you work best!)

2. Work with others
If you’re collaborating with others on your film, video chat meetings and live documents are a great option for making sure everyone’s voices get heard. If you’re going solo, still aim to show friends and family your script to see what they think. Feedback will give you a great idea of what works and what doesn’t.

3. Find your inspo
Search online for the script of your favourite movie. For example, here’s the script for 80’s classic Labyrinth – Check out how dialogue is directed, and how locations are described. You can find more scripts here!

4. No wrong way
The 3 act structure is a classic for a reason – it’s a compelling story structure! But if you wanna show the final scene at the beginning, flashback in time, leave on a cliff-hanger, or make a film that doesn’t follow a traditional structure- the choice is yours!

5. Less is more
We’re never going to tell you not to think big – but it’s crucial to remember that this is a short film (under 5 minutes remember!) so make sure you edit your ideas so you can best tell the most exciting or important aspects with the time and resources you have. …then make a sequel!!



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