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Writing Hacks For Filmmakers

Writing Hacks For Filmmakers

Relying upon a professional screenwriter can make everything easier on a shoot. There are many sayings that claim a film can only ever be as good as its script. But in the early stages of your filmmaking career, an experienced writer can be difficult or expensive to come by. There are many reasons why it is a wise investment to improve your own writing skills. Creative writing skills can help you to improve a script and writing can be an important skill for advertising, publicity and securing funding.

If you’d like to improve your writing skills in easy but effective ways, try the hacks below.

Read Widely

There is no better way to learn to write than to read. Seek out exceptional novels, scripts, and even poetry. Words can be hugely inspiring and influential. Even if you’re working mostly with images and visual expression, words can be the source. Reading widely has fallen out of fashion since the rise of electronic devices and apps. People are more inclined to want their information immediately, concisely, and visually. As a result, the written word can be a bit of a dying art. Don’t let that happen. Without great scripts, there would be far fewer great films. Read widely, keep an open mind, and try to think critically about what makes good writing.

Listen To People

Many screenwriters and writer-directors are very observant people. This can be true of great actors too. It may be happening consciously or subconsciously, but they are always watching others. They notice gestures and movement. They can read emotion and tension. For writers, this is true of speech. Many writers are great at identifying rhythms and mannerisms in speech. Writing authentic dialogue is a difficult skill to teach. But most people agree that it can be greatly improved by paying attention and listening to those around you.

Take A Course

Whether formal or informal, a writing course can be a positive step. Many people on writing courses want to turn their passion for writing into a profession. But this is not always the case. Many actors, directors, and even producers all feel that they would benefit from understanding the craft of writing. If you are a filmmaker, some of the principles of writing apply to your work too. Staying true to character, for example, following a structure, and tying up loose ends. Every aspect of filmmaking can learn from other aspects too. Don’t feel that you shouldn’t learn about writing if you’re a director, or shouldn’t learn about directing if you’re an actor, for example. Always keep an open mind and indulge your natural curiosity.

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