Screenplays are the blueprint for any movie. All types of videos, tv shows and movies start with a screenplay. This article is for you if you search for methods to write a screenplay. Let’s get started with method number one:
1. The Premise Method
The premise method is a screenwriting technique used to generate an outline for a screenplay. This technique was developed by John Truby, who teaches it in his book, The Anatomy of Story.
The premise method of screenwriting can be summarized in three steps:
1) Identify the protagonist’s goal and the antagonistic force in their way.
2) Create the main plot points and the scenes that will move your story towards resolution.
3) Develop a series of subplots or plot twists to complicate your protagonist’s journey and make it more dramatic.
The premise method can be applied to any type of story – fiction or nonfiction, commercial or artistic, short or long.
2. The Idea Logger Method
The Idea Logger Method is a brainstorming technique developed by John Swartzwelder. It is designed to help people generate story ideas.
The method works as follows:
1) Write down a list of five random words
2) Write a one-sentence synopsis for each word
3) Combine the five sentences into one paragraph and add an unexpected twist at the end.
3. The Outline Method
The Outline Method is a screenwriting technique that helps writers organize their stories. Syd Field created it, and it divides the screenplay into three parts:
- Act One: This is where the protagonist is introduced, and the story’s main problem is set up.
- Act Two: This act will take up about two-thirds of your screenplay, where most of the action will take place.
- Act Three: The final act wraps things up, providing a resolution to the conflict that was set up in Act One and then tying up any loose ends left over from earlier in the script.
4. The Snowflake Method
The Snowflake Method is a technique for structuring stories. It helps writers to come up with an idea, plan the story and then write it. It doesn’t matter if the story is in the form of a novel, screenplay, or TV show.
Randy Ingermanson developed the Snowflake Method in his book “Snowflake Pro.” It is based on the premise that every story has three stages: problem, conflict, and resolution. The first stage defines the situation, creating tension and drama later in the script. The second stage is about creating conflict because, without competition, there can’t be any drama or pressure in your writing. And finally, the third stage is resolving that conflict. All these phases are needed to create a good screenplay. So how do you go about finding an exciting competition? Disputes can be found within your protagonist’s or antagonist’s goals. The protagonist’s purpose could be getting out of debt, and the antagonist’s purpose could be earning money for themselves. The protagonist’s plan could be to save a dog from a shelter, and the antagonist’s goal could be to adopt it.
5. The Keyword Scene Technique
The keyword scene Technique (KST) is a method for writing scripts developed by the late screenwriter Syd Field. KST is a system of analyzing the story and its characters and then using keywords to create scenes in which the characters are forced to make decisions.
The technique is based on the idea that a script is a series of scenes, each advancing the story through conflict and resolution. KST requires writers to identify five or six keywords that define their story’s theme. These keywords are used as guiding lights when constructing scenes that help develop character motivations and advance the plot.
There are many ways to write a screenplay. The most important thing is to find a way that works for you. The most effective way to write is by using a method that keeps you focused. I wouldn’t recommend writing long stretches of dialogue at one time. It can be overwhelming, and some people will get stuck. You might want to create an outline first or start with an idea in your head and flesh it out over time.