Script Writing

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


It all begins with a bestselling novel.

Submitted: October 10, 2017

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So, you want to know how to write a script for a movie?  Permit me to answer your question with a true story from real movie history life. The purpose for this explanatory method is to clearly illustrate and fully substantiate the answer I shall herein provide for you.

Mario Puzo had never written a script for a movie. He was a novelist. When a novel he wrote entitled The Godfather became a bestseller, Paramount Studios bought the film rights to the book and wanted Mario to assist a young and as yet unknown director with adapting the novel into a screenplay for the motion picture version of The Godfather.

The reason Paramount hired the young unknown director was because said director was willing to work for a mere pittance, a paltry stipends, of a paycheck. That director’s name was Francis Ford Coppola.

After the blockbuster box office success of The Godfather movie, Hollywood wanted a sequel and of course they wanted Mario to assist Francis with writing the screenplay for the second film.

Mario didn’t know how to write a screenplay, so he went to the bookstore where he purchased an instructional manual which provided information explaining, according to the industry standards of that era, how to write a script for a movie. When he got home and opened the manual, there on page one he read that in order to gain an understanding of how to write a screenplay, one should examine Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.

This true life parable effectively demonstrates that in order to write a script for a movie, one should first write a bestselling novel. The Old Salts of commercial fishing boats often quote a saying that has its origins in the distant mist-shrouded depths of the ancient maritime past. The briny Old Salts say, “The more you fish, the luckier you are.”

Therefore, the more you write, the greater success you’ll have with writing scripts for movies. So, there’s another place for you to start writing scripts for movies. The place to start is by writing every day and every night.

I congratulate you on your admirable ambition to be a successful award-winning script writer! I look forward to seeing your name listed when the credits roll!


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