We all love visual-storytelling. If we didn't, we at T3AM wouldn't be in existence, because ultimately, film and media production is what brought us together. Whether it is a heart-wrenching scene from a dramatic film or a laugh-out-loud moment you caught from one of your favorite television sitcoms, almost everyone can recollect a time when some piece of media completely captivated their emotions. So why does this happen? Better yet, how does this happen?
Many people will tell you it has to do with an actor, some star talent that makes audiences truly respond to the character. Others say it has nothing to do with the actor and everything to do with the director whose vision is effectively showcased through each character and onto the screen, or even the producer who ultimately brought the project to fruition. However, in my experience as a filmmaker, an essential part of any successful film is whether or not the story is compelling.
Screenwriters are many times under appreciated amongst mainstream audiences, but within the industry, professionals understand how vital good screenwriting is to the longevity or success of any product. In addition, screenwriting is an art form that can take years to master, and can be a grueling process! Robert McKeee, author of the best-selling book Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting asserts that any sanguine screenwriter should,
"Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully but write boldly. Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the world"
This practice should be taken seriously, and for optimistic screenwriters that undergo this journey, I have supplied some useful examples from Stephanie Palmer, former MGM executive, screenwriter, and writing professor who has helped hundreds of writer's hone their abilities in order to function successfully in the film industry. Her book and blog "Good in a Room: Write. Pitch. Sell" have been monumental for myself and other writers who become victims of the writing challenges associated with writing a screenplay. Even if you decide not to purchase her material, be sure to subscribe to her email list, since she gives great insight into best screenwriting practices! In fact, throughout this post you can view some of my favorite videos from (The Academy Originals) her blog "The Writing Process: 6 Awesome Videos of Screenwriters sharing How They Work."
Hope you enjoy and that it helps ignite the inspiration in you to script your next compelling screenplay!