Scripts (of fewer than thirty pages) that result in short films or videos (less than thirty minutes long) are the ones that beginning scriptwriters are most likely to write and that are most likely to be produced. Yet, until now, there has been no book devoted entirely to the art and craft of writing such scripts.
Focusing on visualization, dialogue, settings, characters, structure, and themes, Phillips guides the reader through the entire writing process, from gathering and organizing materials to writing, rewriting, and formatting scripts. He also provides advice on finding readers, listeners, and producers.
Recognizing that studying the short scripts and films is a critical exercise for developing scriptwriters, Phillips has included two award-winning short screenplays by students who are now professional writers, a recent short screenplay by one of his students, and cutting continuity scripts of two award-winning short films. Serving as useful models for writing fictional scripts that are vivid and honest representations of life, all but one of these five scripts are based on believable human experiences that the writer knew well.
This practical guidebook, organized in much the same way as a course in writing short scripts, will help beginning student scriptwriters and aspiring filmmakers and videomakers to discover sources for effective scripts and to write short, fictional scripts that have a good chance of being made locally and inexpensively into short films or videos.