Write The End To Your Screenplay Foremost VI 12 Part Series On How To Write Screenplays
By Don Vasicek
Write your ending first to have a guiding light focusing the direction of the story.
In this screenplay educational series IN will be covering the following course sections of information graciously provided by Donald L. Vasicek:
So, You Have A Movie Idea - I
More on Your Movie Idea II
Emotion and Your Movie Idea III
The Logline IV
The First Minute V
Write The End To Your Screenplay Foremost VI
The First Twelve Pages of Your Screenplay VII
Page 12 to Page 30 of Your Screenplay VIII
Page 30 to Page 45 of Your Screenplay IX
Page 45 to Page 60 of Your Screenplay X
Page 60 to Page 75 of Your Screenplay XI
Page 90 to the End of Your Screenplay XII
Don't miss out on a single issue of IN and how to get your screenplay from the page to the silver screen.
Even though in my last article I suggested how to write Page 1 of your screenplay and said we'd tackle the first 12 pages of writing your screenplay next, I need to backtrack. Writing the ending to your screenplay foremost is a good way to have something to shoot for while writing your screenplay.
Writing your ending first is like having a guiding light. It helps you focus on characterization and the direction of the story. Say, for example, you have this great story idea for a war movie. The question is, once you get to the first page of your screenplay, after you've followed the steps I've outlined to get to Page 1, where do you go from there?
Depending upon the individual writer, there are a host of directions you can take. Some writers like to free associate, or write spontaneously to avoid being confined. Others need rigid discipline to keep their focus, so they utilize outlines to direct them. Still others grope in the dark so to speak until they find the direction they want their screenplay to take. Which one of these writers is you? Which one of them can you relate to? Or, are you blind to what direction you should go, and in turn, this causes you great angst?
By writing the ending to your screenplay first, you can be any one of the above kind of writers and still write the way you want to write. The power of knowing where your characters and story are headed by having written your ending first will help you write your screenplay more tightly. Your characters will be less tempted to wander off in another direction. Your story will be more like a winding river than one that breaks off into tributaries.
Writing screenplays require lean, to-the-point writing. You do not have room to allow your characters and story to drift. You must write on point or the focus of your screenplay will be marred, and that will be enough to get a pass instead of an expressed interest.
Next time, I'll focus, you notice I wrote the word, focus, on the first twelve pages of writing your screenplay.
Donald L. Vasicek was a writer/consultant for Warriors of Virtue, screenwriter for The Crown, writer/associate producer for The Lost Heart and Born To Kill. He wrote, directed, and produced Faces, Oh, The Places You Can Go..., Haunted World and the award-winning The Sand Creek Massacre. He writes columns for Hollywood Lit. Sales, Moondance Int'l Film Festival's E-zine, Screenplace, Screenwriters Forum, Screenplayers.Net, Screenwriters Utopia, Ink-On–The-Brain and Spraka & Kinsla (Swedish). Author of How To Write, Sell, And Get Your Screenplays Produced (http://www.selfhelpguides.com/display.php3?guide=1822020729) and The Write Focus. Web site: http://www.donvasicek.com