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Art on Film: Want to Write a Movie Script?

Have you ever seen a movie (of course, we all have) and wondered, “I can write something like that,” or “I hated the ending, it should have ended like this” and didn’t much do anything about it but just think about it?

How would you like to write your own script? Yes, that’s right, it’s very simple and totally free. The only thing you need is your imagination!

There are certain websites out there that help you write a screenplay in MOVIE FORMAT. Anyone can write a script, but to be truly professional, you need to know the format, you need to know the lingo and you need to know how to write movies. Television format is different from Movie format and as well as Comic Book format.

They all have a format to them, but if you’re just interested in writing a good script, either short or feature length, you need to know at least some of the preferences.

Adobe.com has a great script writing program that is not only free, but you don’t need to download any software. You can do it all at their website. You can save it, modify it and import old scripts you’ve written. Just go to storywriter.amazon.com and you’ll be set.

Adobe formats everything for you from start to finish, all you need to know is what each of the segments mean. It’s very simple really, once you jump in, you’ll get the hang of it. And if you’re having trouble, you can always check out their troubleshooting link or just go to your trusty old youtube and search for Adobe Storywriter Tutorial.

There are, of course, books by screenwriters that describe in-depth the structure of writing a movie. You also have the use of the internet search engines where you can download your favorite movie scripts or view at their page. It all depends on the websites; and learn that writing style.

Each writer has their own way of writing, but all of the scripts fall under the same format. Find your writing style!

Start with a short story and go from there. If you don’t have an idea for a movie, just go outside and look at your surroundings. Go to a park, go to the zoo, go watch a movie or listen to some music, or read a book or a newspaper. You’re creative, you just need to pay attention to that creativity.

You can also go to www.celtx.com to write scripts, it’s a free website, but you need to download the program.

Now, when you’ve gotten the groove of things and want to try professional writing software, that’s all up to you.

Lots of screenwriters use either Final Draft or Movie Magic, but after working with Adobe Storywriter, I’ve found a new program that I will continue to use. I like the font that is used and I like the ease of writing.

So, go out there and start WRITING!

Best,

Arturo

About Arturo Portillo

The Art on Writing and Movies Arturo Portillo was born in Illinois in 1979 and moved to El Paso when he was 11 years old. He wrote his first story when he was in third grade, winning an award for best children's fable. That was the day that got him on his way to pursuing a career in the film industry.FULL BIO

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