A year ago, now, I had an idea for a screenplay that arrived almost fully formed. I wrote it all down just as it came, without doing any of the usual preliminary work, and, as you’d expect, stalled as soon as I’d run out of inspiration: without a foundation of craft, there was nothing to fall back on once the plot holes started to appear. I’ve written about the 12 stages of writing a script in earlier posts about a script writing workshop I’d attended, so, having begun backwards, I’m now going back to the start. In the hope, as ever, that my mistakes expounded will help you to avoid them yourselves, I’m going to use the screenplay I’m working on, as I’m working on it, as an example of how the scriptwriting process works.
5. Create a one page synopsis/storyline developing the key moments of the plot with the emphasis on the journey of the main character. Identify the time and place and the timescale in which the journey takes place. Identify the tone; mixing genres is tough and beginners are advised not to do it. Use the 10 Questions to help with this.
The one page synopsis