How to Write a Page Turner Script

 

It’s every screenwriter’s goal, to write that script that readers will not want to put down… cue the PAGE TURNER!

Easier said than done, right?  Not necessarily.

Here are three simple script writing tips to get you writing your best piece of work yet!

 

1)  Plan each scene so they are interesting and/or action packed.

Instead of writing and building up to an interesting scenario in each act.  Aim to write short scenes which are jam packed of interesting stuff suited to your genre.  -Whether it be action, comedy or drama.  Make sure you create mini scenarios in each scene, make them extremely important to your story or to your character, or at the least make it VERY entertaining.

Keep your scenes short, around 2 minutes is great to keep up with the shortened attention spans of this generation.

 

2)  Create unusual, flawed and relatable characters.

People find themselves invested in a story or film mainly because of the characters.  So make them memorable, lovable but most importantly flawed.

If your characters are flawed then they have more to work on and more to achieve within the whole story.  To see a character grow, change and learn is so much more satisfying than watching/reading about the meanderings of a perfect, clichéd character.

Character arc is key.

 

3)  Spend time thinking of a fantastic concept.

The primary concept of your story needs to be unique and unseen before.  It also needs to be interesting enough to catch anybody’s attention, especially your reader’s.

A great story with great characters with an average concept, makes for a good script, but not one that will be special enough to ultimately gain the attention and finance from production companies in order to get made or even sold.  You need that x-factor, that fantastic concept that’s so original and interesting, that it makes you go “Wow.  I’d pay to go see that.”

It may sound exaggerated, but that’s the harsh realities of trying to make it in the film industry.

 

 

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Reel Authors offers a genre-based screenplay/teleplay writing contest where scripts are assigned to readers who enjoy that particular genre.   We accept screenplays, teleplays and short film scripts.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

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The Pulsar Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest is an international screenplay contest dedicated exclusively to Sci-Fi.  We also accept Sci-Fi original pilot and existing show teleplays.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23

 

If you haven’t already gotten hooked to this show, you will be.  ‘Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23′ is indulgently funny!

With hilarious pokes at James Van Der Beek ‘s claim to fame ‘Dawson’s Creek’ character, this show doesn’t hold back.  It’s shocking and crazily entertaining.

It’s great to see Krysten Ritter in a lead role and she certainly holds her ground.  Liza Lapira also makes for a very amusing supporting character.

Dreama Walker’s wide-eyed look is one that will create a laugh without having to utter any words and she is perfect in the role as June, the naive small town girl who immediately gets taken advantage of in the Big Apple by Chloe aka The B—- in Apartment 23.

The pilot episode is fabulous.  So is the one with June’s cyclist love interest (I won’t say any more, it’s too funny to give away).

Watch the episodes now on Sidereel

 

 

http://reelauthors.com/Enter-Contest.php

Reel Authors offers a genre-based screenplay/teleplay writing contest where scripts are assigned to readers who enjoy that particular genre.   We accept screenplays, teleplays and short film scripts.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

http://scifiscreenplaycontest.com/Enter-Contest.php

The Pulsar Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest is an international screenplay contest dedicated exclusively to Sci-Fi.  We also accept Sci-Fi original pilot and existing show teleplays.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

 

Premium Rush

 

Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon and Jamie Chung.

Premium Rush is about a Manhattan bike messenger who unknowingly picks up an envelope that consequently gets him pursued by a dirty cop throughout the city.

See the trailer here:  PREMIUM RUSH MOVIE TRAILER

What attracts me to this movie is more so to do with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Who I believe to have great choices when picking the films he’s involved in.

Some honorary mentions are:

 

 

 

 

 

Watch Christopher Nolan’s mind bending world in the INCEPTION trailer here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch the amusing and contrasting characters of the trailer of HESHER.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The comedy inspired by a true story about a young cancer sufferer.

Watch the 50/50 trailer here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch the adorable romantic comedy

500 Days of Summer trailer here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://reelauthors.com/Enter-Contest.php

Reel Authors offers a genre-based screenplay/teleplay writing contest where scripts are assigned to readers who enjoy that particular genre.   We accept screenplays, teleplays and short film scripts.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

http://scifiscreenplaycontest.com/Enter-Contest.php

The Pulsar Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest is an international screenplay contest dedicated exclusively to Sci-Fi.  We also accept Sci-Fi original pilot and existing show teleplays.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

Character Names

 

Most writers underestimate the importance of choosing the right names for their characters.  While I don’t recommend spending all of your time researching names instead of investing it in actually writing your scenes.  Spending some time researching names is a good idea.

Think about how much time people spend researching names for their unborn children, well if writers spent even a fraction of that time into naming their fictional babies, it may benefit them more than they think…

Main characters with “common”, mainstream names may not be remembered as much as a character with an unusual name.  Think Forrest Gump, Lester Burnham from ‘American Beauty’ or if you’re wanting to stay on the conservative side, you can give your character a traditional name, but have him/her a memorable nickname, one that they’re referred to more often as.  -Such as Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan from ‘The Help’ or Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding from ‘The Shawshank Redemption’.

Not only will a unique name make your characters more memorable to the reader, it may just be what it takes to make your story stand out from the rest.

Another reason to consider when putting thought into naming your characters is that it adds personality to your character.  As researchers say, names really do shape children, a girl with a unisex name is more likely to be stronger and more authoritative than a girl with a feminine name.  So the name you give your characters will indeed shape them, they will effect how the reader perceives them.  Choose a name that you feel would be more suitable to your character’s traits, if in doubt, look up the meanings of names as they can sometimes give you insight into where the name derived from and how suitable it may be to the background you are trying to achieve for your character.

 

 

http://reelauthors.com/Enter-Contest.php

Reel Authors offers a genre-based screenplay/teleplay writing contest where scripts are assigned to readers who enjoy that particular genre.   We accept screenplays, teleplays and short film scripts.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

http://scifiscreenplaycontest.com/Enter-Contest.php

The Pulsar Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest is an international screenplay contest dedicated exclusively to Sci-Fi.  We also accept Sci-Fi original pilot and existing show teleplays.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

And the awards go to…

 

The FINAL results of the Reel Authors and Pulsar Cycle A contests are out!

 

View the Reel Authors Finalists and Winners here:  http://reelauthors.com/Results.php

And the Pulsar Finalists and Winners here:  http://scifiscreenplaycontest.com/Results.php

 

Congratulations to all our writers!  We are all so impressed with the quality of your work from Cycle A, we can’t wait to see what Cycle B will bring next!

Remember, we are currently offering feedback and analysis within 10 days of your submission for all you early birds!  To enter your script, use the links below:

 

http://reelauthors.com/Enter-Contest.php

Reel Authors offers a genre-based screenplay/teleplay writing contest where scripts are assigned to readers who enjoy that particular genre.   We accept screenplays, teleplays and short film scripts.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

http://scifiscreenplaycontest.com/Enter-Contest.php

The Pulsar Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest is an international screenplay contest dedicated exclusively to Sci-Fi.  We also accept Sci-Fi original pilot and existing show teleplays.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

 

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Everybody wants a friend and the title of this film says it all.

Apocalypse films are becoming more and more popular and when you couple it when a central, universal theme such as this one, it’s sure to be a hit.  ESPECIALLY when Steve Carell is the lead, I mean, he’s so funny, he doesn’t even have to utter a word to get a laugh.  His expression says it all (see the above photo).

‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ is about Dodge (Carell), a man whose wife leaves him in the midst of the chaos as an asteroid heads to collide with Earth.  Keira Knightley plays Penny, Dodge’s neighbor who tags along with him when he sets out to find his high school sweetheart.

Also starring great comedic actors such as Melanie Lynskey, Adam Brody and  T.J. Miller, this film is sure to be filled with laughs despite the grim premise.

Watch the Seeking a Friend for the End of the World trailer now to tide you over for the June 2012 release date.

 

 

 

http://reelauthors.com/Enter-Contest.php

Reel Authors offers a genre-based screenplay/teleplay writing contest where scripts are assigned to readers who enjoy that particular genre.   We accept screenplays, teleplays and short film scripts.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

http://scifiscreenplaycontest.com/Enter-Contest.php

The Pulsar Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest is an international screenplay contest dedicated exclusively to Sci-Fi.  We also accept Sci-Fi original pilot and existing show teleplays.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

Congratulations Semi-Finalists!

 

The Semi-Finalist results of the Reel Authors and Pulsar Cycle A contests are now up!

View the Reel Authors Semi-Finalists here:  http://reelauthors.com/Results.php

And the Pulsar Semi-Finalists here:  http://scifiscreenplaycontest.com/Results.php

 

Kudos to all our semi-finalist writers!  We have received such impressive scripts in this last cycle, so it is definitely an achievement for all the writers who have placed thus far.

Finalists and winners of Cycle A will be announced next weekend so stay tuned!

In the meantime, our Cycle B contest is well underway and we are currently offering feedback and analysis within 10 days of your submission for all you early birds!  To enter your script, use the links below:

 

http://reelauthors.com/Enter-Contest.php

Reel Authors offers a genre-based screenplay/teleplay writing contest where scripts are assigned to readers who enjoy that particular genre.   We accept screenplays, teleplays and short film scripts.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

http://scifiscreenplaycontest.com/Enter-Contest.php

The Pulsar Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest is an international screenplay contest dedicated exclusively to Sci-Fi.  We also accept Sci-Fi original pilot and existing show teleplays.  Contests run every 6 months.