Writing a Screenplay

@dansazz (1059)
United States
June 24, 2012 4:26pm CST
Writing for the screen, is very different from any other writing, except maybe the stage. (don't get smart! lol) There are some similarity of course, but there are major differences. How many of you have written a screenplay, or script? Have you ever thought of pitching it to one of the big studios and see if they want to buy it? How much harder or easier is it to write a screenplay, then say a book? I have dabbled in this, but nothing that I would transfer to the screen, not yet anyway. If you are writing one, I would love to hear what it is about. Don't worry, I wont steal your ideas, I like my own ideas.
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• United States
24 Jun 12
I wrote a number of short scripts for college when I was going for a Filmmaking degree. (I've since had a dramatic change of heart and have dropped out of that major) I really hate screenplay writing. Hate the format, hate the style, and hate how the instant you hand it over to someone else they'll rip it apart repeatedly until it's barely recognizable (most certainly happens in the big industry as well! I've read horror stories). I would say it's easier than novel writing only in the sense that there are less words. With a screenplay, everything has to be visual. With a novel, you can do so much more. You can really get into character's heads and see what they're thinking and feeling. I much prefer novel-writing.
@dansazz (1059)
• United States
25 Jun 12
Yes it is easier to write a novel. I agree that big studios take your stuff to the shredder, but it would be good if you can write a screenplay for yourself, and make it into a movie yourself. You will preserve everything the way you envisioned it.
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• United States
25 Jun 12
Except it takes a lot of resources and people to make a movie yourself. People who are writer/directors typically either have that at their disposal, or they're super famous and.... have that at their disposal. lol And I don't want to make films anymore personally. It was doing bad things to my mental health.
• United States
25 Jun 12
thats not true about having to have all the resources. Its not impossible to get them. I write poetry, short stories and novels. I became interested in writing screen plays after seeing how Tyler Perry came off the streets and went from making plays with with people he knew already, to making MOVIES with those same people. So nothing is impossible, and in this business, the worst thing to have is for someone to tell you that you cant do something. Not feeling it anymore is one thing, but if its still an option, you cant fail if you never try. And those FAMOUS people, werent ALWAYS famous. So Im not sure what makes your motivation peek, but intimidation is why alot of people fail. But that was just my outlook on the not being motivated about the screen plays anymore. But whatever you have going..be the best at it and dont let anyone tell you cant because if you do, you probably want...STAY THIRSTY MY FRIEND!
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