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Heres something people often forget it takes a person to write movies Screenwriting involves writing down ideas so that theyll be easily translated into visual art A screenplay or script is the backbone of any movie well except for Jean-Luc Godard movies Its the first step in the moviemaking process Almost everybody on the movie set has a copy of the script because it reveals what they should be doing It tells the actors how to act and what to say the production designer how to build the set and the director how to shoot the scene Of course a film is a collaborative effort but it all starts with the screenwriter A good script has many facets fame fortune love marriage affairs divorce despair and so on choose the ones you want However screenplays have their own language their own slang if you will What I offer here are the basics you need to turn your burgeoning idea into a summer blockbuster Before You Start At the outset you must realize that screenwriting is a competitive sport The Writers Guild of America registers over 10000 scripts a year and less than 1 of them are made into motion pictures Everyone in Los Angeles and every second person elsewhere has a script theyre trying to sell so your chances as a beginner are slim to none Although there have been flukes over the years like Shane Black hitting the jackpot with movies like Lethal Weapon 250000 The Last Boy Scout 15 million and The Long Kiss Goodnight few people get rich writing movie scripts In fact the average working screenwriter earns about 50000 US a year And fame shouldnt be a factor in your decision either Not only does the public at large never bother to find out who wrote a film but the major studios often show the same lack of respect toward screenwriters But if you are passionate about writing about movies and
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