Search
  • Clarke Wallace

TRY SOMETHING NEW

You’ve read hardcovers, softcovers, books right off your laptop. Why not pick up a printed screenplay and read it like you would a book? It can be interesting to see how it works on the printed page.


You can buy readable screenplays from bookstores. Most are around 105 pages. Printed on one side of a page. If there is any difficulty it may be getting your head around the format.


A screenplay or script is comprised of characters, action and dialogue.


Let’s start with the action. It moves the story along and will look like this:


‘In jeans, scruffy shirt and #13 bib, Mike hops along

hauling on his second cowboy boot. He’s trailed by

frazzled nurses, doctors. His limping father has trouble

keep up.

(Then comes the character and dialogue.)

MIKE

Promise me we haven’t missed the Calgary

Stampede’

FARNSWORTH

Two days away. And you, good as dead one

moment and eager as hell the next to break my

ropin’ record.’


This is how a screenplay or script works out. The writer becomes involved when writing it, gets involved with the back and forth dialogue while letting the action move the story along.


Author’s comment: You've seen movies you’ve enjoyed, so why not track down the original screenplay and enjoy it. More next time.

2 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

What could be better than watching the snow melt and what was below it begins to grow again. It amazes me how small bushes begin to sprout buds that almost blossom before your eyes. The trees come nex

GONE BUT NOT Forgotten

There is nothing more unsettling than being the last to know when a good friend dies. I would’ve heard sooner than later, but life isn’t always that accommodating. His name is Ken Maynard. He lived h

EASTER FOR EVERYONE

My father, a clergyman, would berate anyone who called it 'Easter Sunday'. He'd mumbles a few chosen epithets and tell you, Easter is always on a Sunday. So call it just plain Easter! There you have i

The official website of Author Clarke Wallace

© 2019 Clarke Wallace. All rights reserved.

  • White Twitter Icon
  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Instagram Icon

CW