I am currently working on a short film script, but I’m unable to complete it. What should I do?
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If you want to continue your career as a writer, then you need to go back into your script. Make sure your main character has a goal. Organize it so that you have a unifying theme, a main character, an antagonist (can be a person or a volcano or a radical political leader, etc.) or villain (in fiction, villains represent evil without any redeeming characteristics). The antagonist or villain must seek the same goal your main character is seeking. The difference between them is that the antagonist or villain represents a negative or evil way of doing it. Also, make sure you have a beginning, a middle and an end to your story. This doesn’t mean that it has to be in chronological order, just that you must have this in your script. Also, read your dialogue. Film is a visual medium, so you should strive to show in place of telling. Some dialogue can be changed to visuals in place of the dialogue. During this process, you will find that you will be able to complete your script with vim and vigor!!!
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Without doing research on montages (I’ve only used them when I’m directing and writing, or working with a director as the screenwriter when we’re writing the shooting script, which is different than a spec script), I have to say to limit the use of montages. I haven’t used them for so long I find it hard to remember how long they should be.
You want to be careful with montages. For a new writers, some actors, directors and producers look at new screenwriters using montages as amateurish. Some would also look at it as directing, which could cause some negative feelings.
Montages are usually used in shooting scripts. That means that the director working with the screenwriter makes the decision, “Let’s put in a montage here.” The director is thinking in terms of the visuals and the flow, how they fit into and tell the story. The producer, on the other hand, would look at a way to use montages to save money.