Unless you are an experimental filmmaker, you are going to need a screenplay to make your film. Your script is arguably the biggest key to the success of your first feature film.
Why Is Your Screenplay So Important?
If you’re like most writer-directors, you are full of ideas. I have met hundreds of filmmakers who have more ideas for movie projects than they know what to do with. But to date, only a handful of these hopefuls have put these ideas to paper and completed a screenplay.
An idea is only an idea… Until it is tangible. Completing a fully finished screenplay is the first step towards making your vision a reality. Even a crappy first draft is better than having nothing at all.
As a feature filmmaker, self-assessment is crucial. Be honest with yourself… Do you have a screenplay written? Is it completed? If you were given the opportunity to have your material read by an established Hollywood producer, would you be ready to go? Or would you keep them waiting?
Writing A Crappy First Draft
If you are nervous or intimidated about writing your first screenplay, join the club. One of the biggest challenges filmmakers face in writing their first draft is an unrealistic standard.
You want your script to be perfect. But it never will be. That’s why it is so easy to procrastinate. And this is why your first goal should always be: Write a crappy first draft.
Honestly? Your first draft is going suck. But this is your starting point. A first draft becomes a second draft. And a second draft becomes a third. Before you know it, you will have created an awesome script that you’re happy to share with industry friends. And if you do it right, you’ll eventually look back on your crappy first draft and laugh at how terrible it was.
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