Author of the book, Nollywood: The Billion Dollars Money Zone ...and three other book on Amazon books
Author of the book, Nollywood: The Billion Dollars Money Zone …and three other book on Amazon books

In my capacity as a storyteller, writer, Nollywood researcher and Analyst, I have watched many Nollywood films and read some scripts written by Nigerian scriptwriters. It’s important to point out that Scriptwriting is a full time job. You cannot just wake up and call yourself a scriptwriter. This is why we have created a newsletter to help you understand the basics of scriptwriting.  Our newsletter is free! For more, sign up now.  

Save the cat by Blake Snyder
Save the cat by Blake Snyder

This is a wonderful book for all scriptwriters!

Scriptwriting

 

What you should know as a scriptwriter:

NOTES:           

  1. Getting the idea – the spark
  2. Development
  3. Writing

Step 2: THE BIG IDEA
              -The Premise
– The concept
– What is it about

Step 3: Triggers to counter blank scriptwriting/screen:

  • What if – Premise
  • Real – inspired premise
  • Journey – physical or personal
  • Combination and relocation
  • Newspaper stories
  • Autobiography
  • To draw from your own experience

Step 4: Scriptwriting development
Feature scripts: 120 pages
– Road map

Step 5: Planning and development
Whose story is it?
– Work out your character
– develop the idea
Does it sustain a three piece act?

Step 6: Whose story is it? (Characters)
              – What do I want to say? (Theme)

  • What kind of story is it (genre)
  • Make your world view across the story
  • Set the tone
  • Logline: 25 words or less…..Who / Conflict / And /but

Step 6: Characters
              – Physical: appearance, body, health, unspoken, communication, walk,
talk, addictions
– Mentality: outlook, aspirations, religion, attitude, honesty, moral,..etc
– Background: family, upbringing, parents, siblings, social class,
education, happy?
– Characters descriptions ¾ lines
– The main character ½

Step 7: Protagonists: The main Character
– They provoke some reactions in you
Step 8: Your Antagonists: they are not driving the story

Step 9: Theme: You can use a film as a metaphor to say things.
               – A good example is the movie: THE GODFATHER
– Introduce a character and build up the anticipation:
In the movie: The Godfather, we discover that family, honor,
respect shape the film despite the immoral ways of the main
character.

 Step 10: Character descriptions and introductions
– Where is your character?
– What is he or she doing?
– Describe him or her

Step 11: DialogueEveryone has got a different dialogue pattern
SHOULD: come from characters and be unique to them
reveal more about the character or their motivations
move the story forward

SHOULDN’T: be interchangeable
be nakedly expositional
feel clunky or un-natural