SCREENPLAY WRITING EXPLAINED IN 7 INFOGRAPHICS - PART 7

This is probably one of my favorite! It will make your smile, because it is so spot on! But come on, let's be honest, we all love ourselves a good cliché; there is a certain pleasure to scream at the screen "Don't go in there!" because we know what will happen next. But I do have to agree, if I see a film that breaks the clichés, not for the sake of breaking it, but for the sake of the story, then I really look up and remember!

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Screenplay Writing Lesson #7: Honor The Tropes Of The Genre

Yes, the idea behind this infographic is that screenplays are full of cliches, tropes, and events that have become so common that they are laughable.

However, the truth is that these cliches became cliches for good reasons.

See if your script contains any of these cliches, and then think about how you might tweak them so you’ve got “the same thing, only different.”

Original source:  Cheezburger

Original source: Cheezburger

Stephanie Palmer, a former MGM Pictures executive and best-selling author of Good in a Room, has been featured by NBC, ABC, CBS, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Variety and many more.

To connect with Stephanie: goodinaroom.comfacebook.com/GoodInARoom@goodinaroom

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SCREENPLAY WRITING EXPLAINED IN 7 INFOGRAPHICS - PART 6

If none of the others, take #2 of John August's How to Write a Scene to heart!

It might seem hard to cut scenes from your script- they are your babies, I get it - but it is the best thing you can do. Be brutal and kill any scenes your script will still work without!!! Do the same for any superfluous characters (#3) - kill them off!

If it at first is a hurtful process, I promises you it will become a process, which will leave you feeling empowered and you might even enjoy it, because you will know that you your script will be able to shine through the clutter! 

Screenplay Writing Lesson #6: Learn Scene Structure

Just as screenplay writing requires understanding screenplay structure, writing any scene requires understanding scene structure.

John August (Go, Big Fish, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory) has created a simple one-sheet for scene writing.

Do you follow this process when writing scenes?

Original source:  JohnAugust.com

Original source: JohnAugust.com

Stephanie Palmer, a former MGM Pictures executive and best-selling author of Good in a Room, has been featured by NBC, ABC, CBS, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Variety and many more.

To connect with Stephanie: goodinaroom.comfacebook.com/GoodInARoom@goodinaroom

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