Even the most accomplished, brilliant screenplays are, by definition, unfinished works, as they require a director’s vision to be made whole. Consequently, what you are writing is a written document first, which, God willing, will find its way into the hands of enthusiastic P.W.M.s (People With Money).
You, as the screenwriter, must find a way not only to tell a story, but also to present that story in an engaging narrative style from page one.
1. COMMAND THE READ.
You must develop your voice and attitude as off-screen narrator to lead your reader by the hand through the entire script.
Without mentioning the camera or using any other cinematographic language, find a way to “direct” your movie on the page. Your goal is to make your incomplete movie a complete, satisfying read. Excise all unnecessary...