What is a screenplay:
The nature of the screenplay is the same as it has always been: A screenplay is a story told with pictures, in dialogue and description, and placed within the context of dramatic structure. It is the art of visual storytelling.
Two aspects to deal with when writing a screenplay:
When you want to write a screenplay, there are two aspects you have to deal with.
- One is the preparation required to write it: the research, thinking time, character work, and laying out of the structural dynamic.
- The other is the execution, the actual writing of it, laying out the visual images and capturing the dialogue. The hardest thing about writing is knowing what to write.
A good screenplay: When you read a good screenplay, you know it—it’s evident from page one, word one. The style, the way the words are laid out on the page, the way the story is set up, the grasp of dramatic situation, the introduction of the main character, the basic premise or problem of the screenplay—it’s all set up in the first few pages of the script.