How to Write a Script That Doesn’t Suck – Secret to Writing a Screenplay That’s Awesome


Hi there, it’s Michael from ScriptBully Magazine,
and former production company reader, and in this short video I’m going to go over the
No.1 secret to writing a screenplay that’s unique, Grabs the attention of Hollywood talent, And has the potential to make you very, very
wealthy. Are you ready? Okay. Because the formula is quite simple. Your
script must be: 106 pages long It must involve spaceships and trucks that
turn into robots… Your script must contain not one, but two,
cross-dressing roles for Adam Sandler and/or Eddie Murphy. And, most importantly, on page 47 there must
either be a kiss with a vampire and/or an attack on a Soviet nuclear
installation. Follow these guidelines, and you are guaranteed
to write a script that makes you money. What’s that? Ridiculous, you say? Well, of course. But is it any more ridiculous to write a script
according to a five-act formula created back when Star Wars was released. Or plot your story with an 87-part beat sheet
matrix you got from a back issue of Writer’s Digest at your local
library. The real secret to writing a professional,
kick-ass screenplay is stop looking for a secret. A quick fix. A shortcut. A paradigm. A paradigm is defined as: an example serving
as a model; or pattern. But here’s the thing about patterns. Artists
rarely use them in the act of creation. It’s only later, when the buzz wears off and
the hangover starts, that critics look at a work and say, oh, he’s
using the old 12-act midpoint Josephy Campbell mythic structure. They’re missing the most fundamental point
of all. Cover bands don’t rule the world. Do you know anything about jazz? I’m not a huge fan, but with enough red wine
I can getin the mood.. Anyway, here’s the thing about jazz: If you can play the notes perfectly to a song,
just like Miles or Monk or Chet Baker or Kenny G……you know
(the legends)… If you can master the form as the greats did… You can, if you work really hard, end up with
a gig at the Tuscon Ramada on a Thursday night. But if you can build on what came before you..and
create something new…something nobody has ever
seen or heard before. You can change the world. You can create a new paradigm. So, the no. 1 secret to writing a screenplay
that doesn’t suck, will make you money, and totally rock the movie
business is: don’t worry about secrets. Worry about creating interesting characters,
characters that only you are capable of dreaming up,
and put them in impossible situations. Don’t focus so much on your act-ii midpoint,
and think more about that…what the hell gets me really mad and upset. What would I
be willing to die for, or maybe kill for. And write about that. Trust me, there’ll be
gold there. Now I know what you’re saying… This all sounds really nice. But what about
structure? What about outlining? What about rising action…and plot points.. Okay, here’s the best secret I know about
that stuff. Here, in my opinion, is all the structure
you really, really need. You ready? Come closer? Your screnplay needs a somebody who must do
something that they really don’t want to do or else something really bad will happen. Now the something they have to do must be
the last thing they want to do. They only do it..because they fear the “something
really bad” will happen. And that’s worse. Now if somebody told me, okay, Michael you
have to eat chips and salsa everyday for a month or else the Russian Mob
will kill you. That wouldn’t be very hard. First of all,
I love chips and salsa. But let’s say they said…I had to rob the
7-11 down the street or else the mob would get me. Or…I had to break into Sea World and ride
a polar bear. Or..I had to call my psycho ex girlfirend
and take her to my high school reunion. Or…i had to watch all three Twilight movies
in a row with a theatre full of thirteen-year olds. Those would be very difficult choices. And the more difficult you can make it on
your character, the more interested the viewer will be. And if you keep working at it. Eventually all the act breaks and plot points
will take care of themselves. But you gotta have that simple formula. Another example: (I’ve used this one before) My uncle is an insurance adjuster. Very conservative guy. Now what’s the last thing he would ever want
to do. Shave his head and go to a punk-rock festival. That’d be the last place I could ever see
him. But what if he did it…to find his runaway
daughter. Now…we’re getting somewhere. We could play it as a broad 7th-heaven type
family comedy, We could play it as a dark, David Fincher-type
thriller. We could do it as a musical, as an Olsen twin
vehicle. The genre doesn’t matter. What matters is the impossible situation. And I’ll bet you and I could spend a satruday
at starbucks and come up with a competent structure for our
Punk Rock Dad script. But you gotta have
that basic foundation. Now if you’re the type who just can’t enough
of those cool insider tips or “secrets” on how to make your screenplays marketable, interesting
and capable of making you some moolah, Be sure to grab a copy of my new ebook “7
Secrets to a Kick Ass and Marketable Screenplay” To get instant access to this free content-packed
ebook all you gotta do is head over to scriptbully.com and pick up a copy. Don’t worry I won’t spam you. Just want to
help you be the best screenwriter you can be. So…if you’ve enjoyed this video please facebook
like it or tweet it or…whatever the heck else kids do these
days. Good luck with your writing. We look forward
to hearing from you. And kick writer’s block in the ass.

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