How to Spruce Up Your Shabby Screenplay Step by Step

Every filmmaker knows that boring an audience means unequivocal failure.

And I’m not just talking about the audience sitting in seats watching your movie. Your film will have a number of different audiences at different stages of its development, but one in particular acts as the gatekeeper that will let your project begin its long and tiresome journey. I’m talking, of course, about the people that will read your script.

Your story can be the most interesting thing since your first real love circa age 12, but if it’s not written in a way that’s meant to grab your audience (like the way you wanted to grab your first real love circa age 12), then it won’t really matter. In these video tutorials from 2009 (oldies but goodies), John August gives some excellent pro tips on how to spruce up your shabby writing, including how to enter a scene in an interesting way, how to write better scene descriptions, and how to make your action more — action-y.

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