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.
This is a wonderful book for all scriptwriters!
What you should know as a scriptwriter:
- Getting the idea – the spark
Step 2: THE BIG IDEA
– 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
- 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,
– Mentality: outlook, aspirations, religion, attitude, honesty, moral,..etc
– Background: family, upbringing, parents, siblings, social class,
– 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
Step 10: Character descriptions and introductions
– Where is your character?
– What is he or she doing?
– Describe him or her
Step 11: Dialogue…Everyone 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