Who hasn’t harbored a secret desire to write a movie? Perhaps you are one of those people who comes out of a theater and says, “I could write a better movie than that.” If this sounds like you, but you lack knowledge about the screenplay writing process and you’re unsure of your writing abilities, there’s still hope. Why? Because screenplays and ghostwriters are a perfect fit.
Right now you might be saying, “Are you kidding? I didn’t think people hired ghostwriters to write screenplays.” You’d be surprised. In fact, more ghostwriters work in Hollywood than in the entire book publishing and newspaper industry combined. So what makes screenplays and the ghostwriter a perfect fit? In short, the combination of a great movie idea and the expertise and experience to bring it to life (and the big screen) through the structured process of screenplay writing that is both an art and a science.
Most professional screenplay writers follow a common, five-step process that takes an idea from inception, through the elements needed to pitch it, to writing and editing a final draft. If your movie idea has become the itch you must scratch, but you lack the ability and perhaps the talent to write it yourself, stack the cards more in your favor by hiring a screenplay ghostwriter. When you do, here’s what you’ll be working on with him or her:
Logline: This is the very first (and very short) appearance of your idea and it will act as a guideline throughout the writing process. A logline is a simple, one-sentence summary of your story that identifies the protagonist, antagonist, and story goal.
Treatment: Next comes the lengthier treatment that is, first and foremost, a marketing tool used to attract investors and studios. It’s a quick summary of your story that provides a film title and includes both the logline and a synopsis featuring a story idea description and perhaps some examples of dialog to set the tone and help flesh out the main characters.
Outline: This is the first major step for creating the actual storyline. The outline maps the setting and major events of each scene in the movie. This can get pretty long since most feature films have about forty scenes in them.
Flash draft: Now comes the fun stuff – this is where the real story starts to take shape after you and your ghostwriter have spent a little time structuring your movie through the treatment and outline. The flash draft should come together fairly quickly and act as the foundation for the serious editing that comes next.
Editing: This part of the process should generate at least two drafts — the first one makes major structural changes to the flash draft such as adding, deleting, and deepening characters; filling in any story gaps that may have become apparent; even rewriting entire scenes. The second draft is for polishing dialog and fine-tuning scenes to end up with a finished screenplay.
As you can see, it takes some work to turn screenplay dreams into reality, but people do it every day. Hiring an experienced screenplay ghostwriter can improve your odds of success considerably and help you find the right voice to tell your story in an exciting and powerful way. Who knows, with assistance from an experienced screenplay ghostwriter maybe your name will be up in lights in Hollywood some day. Who knows, with the right help from a screenplay ghostwriter, maybe your name will be up in lights in Hollywood some day
If you’d like to know more about screenplays and hiring an experienced screenplay ghostwriter, we’d be happy to help you at Mark Graham Communications. Visit us online at www.markgrahamcommunications.com, give us a call at 303-777-4155, or drop us an email.