Screenplay Structure is Important and Adapting a Novel for the Big Screen (From Script)

This week, we're excited to showcase articles on the essential elements to writing a cohesive screenplay synopsis, why it pays off to make your script structurally sound, and an inspirational interview with Boss Level writer/director Joe Carnahan, and an in-depth exploration of the adaption of A Wrinkle in Time from ScriptMag.com.
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In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, learn the main essential elements to writing a cohesive synopsis for your screenplay, why it pays off to make your script structurally sound, and an inspirational interview with Boss Level writer/director Joe Carnahan. Plus, an in-depth exploration of the adaption of A Wrinkle in Time from novel to screen.

MEET THE READER: "Why I Hate—Really Hate—Writing Synopses"

MEET THE READER: "Why I Hate—Really Hate— Writing Synopses"

MEET THE READER: "Why I Hate—Really Hate—Writing Synopses"

When covering a screenplay for a studio or a production company, the analyst’s brief is to read the script, write a synopsis, and then pen an assessment. Ray Morton shares four main elements a synopsis must present and why it pays off to put in the work to make your screenplay structurally sound to avoid a PASS from a reader.

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From Page to Screen—A Wrinkle in Time

From Page to Screen—A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Joy Cheriel Brown compares the adaption of the Disney film A Wrinkle in Time to its source children's novel, exploring which liberties the screenwriters took and left behind in adapting the novel to screen.

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INTERVIEW: Boss Level writer/director Joe Carnahan

INTERVIEW: Boss Level writer/director Joe Carnahan

Boss Level, Hulu.com

Boss Level writer/director Joe Carnahan shares his filmmaking journey with Script's editor, Sadie Dean. Plus, what a writer should focus on when writing action films, his excitement for making movies, why it pays off to put in the time and work hard on your craft, and he sprinkles in some wisdom for writers on writing.

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Greg Russo: On Writing a Film Based on a Video Game

Greg Russo: On Writing a Screenplay Based on a Video Game

Professional screenwriter Greg Russo discusses the joy and challenge of converting a popular video games series into a screenplay and the balance of enticing a new audience while honoring a franchise's fans.

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Under the Influence

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Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let a character fall under the influence of something or someone.

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Suspended: Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to J.E. Stamper, grand prize winner of the Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's his winning essay, "Suspended."

Planting Clues: Red Herrings That Fool but Don't Frustrate Your Readers

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Want to know how to keep your readers engaged and entertained with your mystery novel? Let these six tips from thriller author Kris Calvin guide you!

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Kristin Beck: On Writing Quickly and Publishing Slowly

Kristin Beck: On Writing Quickly and Publishing Slowly

Debut novelist Kristin Beck shares what it was like to write her historical fiction novel Courage, My Love and why she was so thankful for a slow publishing process.