Book into Movie

Turn Your Book/Idea into a Movie

Turn Your Book/Story into a Movie

It is being said that to make an awesome feature film or a movie one should have Three Things;

A GOOD SCRIPT, A GOOD SCRIPT, and A GOOD SCRIPT.

Yes, first of all, you need a good script/screenplay or a book. Then, it ultimately will turn into an awesome movie. Between your idea and movie, there is a medium or interface that is script/screenplay or a book. In spite of a very good idea, if the screenplay is not well-written, the movie will not do well. In brief, A Good Idea + A Well Written Screenplay = An Awesome Movie.

Firstly, we will provide you enough material to bring your knowledge about the interface /script/screenplay or book to a certain level. So that you can make yourself aware of all the necessary and required key points,  which will help you to transform your awesome idea to an awesome MOVIE.

Secondly, we will show you by the means of examples that how you can utilize and apply those key points to turn your idea into a refine script/screenplay or a book. There are two options listed below where you can choose from any of those. Either case can hit the Hollywood screen:

Option A:

If you do not have a story written, you do not have to worry since you have an awesome idea. We will help you out to turn your awesome idea into an awesomely written story or a script.

Option B:

You already is an author of a book but you do not want to write movie screenplay yourself. Still, there is an option. Although comparatively, it is expensive, this option has its own advantages. That is, to hire a professional movie screenplay writer. To explore this option CLICK HERE.

Option A:

Again, here also you have two ways.

First - Write a book first and then movie script/screenplay:

Write a Book:

Yes, if you have an awesome idea you can be an author of an awesome book. However, it is not that easy but of course not impossible. Write your idea down pictorially. Let us make it simple.

Further, we would like to provide you some info about pros and cons of this option. It is to give you a broader idea of writing a book/novel before you write movie script/screenplay:

 

 

Pros:
  • With an awesome book, you can gather a huge amount of audience.
  • It will make your journey from an author to movie screenplay writer easy.
  • It opens up doors for many opportunities in film line.
  • You will have to do less struggle to turn your book into a movie.
  • By doing so you are generating an extra source of income.
  • Last but not the least you are already a celebrity.

 

As a matter of fact, this option has following disadvantages:

Cons:
  • It might take very long to write a book and then publish it.
  • You will have to give away some Bucks on publication; it depends upon the publisher you select.
  • There is a chance that your book gathers less audience than you expected; again it depends on the publisher and their marketing system.
  • Ultimately if there is no audience for the book the chances to opt it as a movie will be reduced.

At present, you may be afraid of these downsides of writing a book first and then movie script/screenplay. Despite this, you do not have to be afraid. It was not to make you afraid, whereas aware you about ups and downs.

Likewise, any other route of success this option also has some downsides but comparatively much better than costly and time-consuming ways. Not only it can provide you with a huge fan following at the same time it will create a source of income.

Become an Indie Author:

If you still interested to become an author before you become movie screenplay writer then keep reading this further. We have an idea consequence of which one can avoid all downsides explained above. In this case, you not only saving thousands of bucks but also you fasten the process.

Becoming an indie author you can avoid 99% of downsides explained above. In this case, you need to know about how to do marketing of your ebook. As soon as you manage to do good marketing you can avoid all the downsides listed above. As a result, your idea is already a success.

To know more about ‘How to Become an Indie Author’ CLICK HERE.

Obviously, you can keep reading for further options and bookmark this page to ‘How to Become an Indie Author’ for later.

Further, let’s look into the second option.

Second - Write a movie script/screenplay:

In order to give life to your IDEA, you are at right place. You already have started working on it by visiting this blog. 

At first, we will try to provide you enough knowledge about basics of a movie screenplay and then we will teach you with examples how to write it.

Let us talk about the basics:

Q. What is a screenplay?

Ans. It is the script of a movie, including acting instructions and scene directions:

  • The Scene Heading/Slugline
  • Action
  • Character Name (ID)
  • Dialogue
  • Character Parenthetical
  • Dialogue Parenthetical
  • Transition
  • Over Black
  • Title Cards

Basics of Movie-Screenplay:

There is a short example of a scene:

FADE IN:

SCENE HEADING / SLUGLINE!

Action Line.

CHARACTER ID (Parenthetical)

                               (dialogue parenthetical)

                                       Dialogue.

                                                                                                                                                                    TRANSITION

OVER BLACK

TITLE CARD;

SCENE HEADING / SLUGLINE!

FADE OUT.

THE END

 

This is a short summary of the screenplay elements and their positions in the screenplay.

Further, it will be described who these elements are? What is their importance?.

Screenplay Writing:

Let’s go into the detail of each element one by one:   

FADE IN

This is where the script begins.

FADE IN represents the starting point of the movie script/screenplay.

SCENE HEADING / SLUGLINE

SLUGLINE defines where the action going to take place. Actually,  it is setting the location of the scene.

Additionally, it tells the reader where the scene is located; indoor/INT. or outdoor/EXT.

Also, it is followed by the place (bathroom, playground or spaceship etc),  dash (-), and by time and/or year (DAY or NIGHT or MORNING or AFTERNOON, 2001)

Example 1: Assume, you write a scene in which action is taking place indoor.

INT. BEDROOM – NIGHT, 2010

Example 2:

Suppose, you write a scene in which action is taking place indoor and outdoor at a time. For instance, your character is going to the balcony from the kitchen with a cup of coffee in her hand.

In this case, the SLUGLINE will be:

INT. / EXT. HOUSE – EVENING

She is going to the balcony from the kitchen with a cup of coffee in her hand.

Action Line

It is a line of the description underneath the SLUGLINE. Not only it gives details of the scene; what happens next in the scene but also it contains visual information.

Very important thing to consider is that action line should only the visual information. Henceforth, the reader should be able to visualize what actually will happen on the screen.

Important:

  • When any CHARACTER appears in the scene there must be CHARACTER’S NAME followed by a comma (,)                           followed by age of the CHARACTER.
  • NAME of the CHARACTER must be in ALL CAPS.
  • The movie screenplay is written in active and simple present tense. It can neither PAST nor PASSIVE.

 

INT. / EXT. HOUSE – EVENING

She is going to the balcony from the kitchen with a cup of coffee in her hand.

 

INT. / EXT. HOUSE – EVENING

ANDREA, 22, goes to the balcony from the kitchen with a cup of coffee in her hand.

 

One can make this action line more detailed more pictorial like this:

INT. / EXT. HOUSE – EVENING

ANDREA, 22, grabs a cup of coffee from the table and goes to the balcony from the kitchen. She smiles just after inhaling a deep breath and takes the first sip of the coffee.

CHARACTER ID

It goes below in action line.CHARACTER ID lets you know who is talking. It will be written like this:

INT. / EXT. HOUSE – EVENING

ANDREA, 22, grabs a cup of coffee from the table and goes to the balcony from the kitchen. She smiles just after inhaling a deep breath and takes the first sip of the coffee.

ANDREA

The weather is so good.

That is how CHARACTER ID is written; under the action line, in the center, in ALL CAPS.

Dialogue

Dialogue is written directly under the CHARACTER ID; in the center.

The weather is so good’ is a dialogue said by the CHARACTER ANDREA.

 

CHARACTER PARENTHETICALS (C.P.)

These are remarks, incidental or supplementary parenthesis next to the CHARACTER’S name. It tells the reader if the CHARACTER talking is doing something besides the standard talking to another person on the screen. There are few examples of C.P.:

VOICE OVER – V.O.

OFF SCREEN – O.S.  

INTO PHONE

 

C.P. - INTO PHONE:

Example:

EXT. BALCONY – EVENING

ANDREA and her mother, MIA, 58, sit on the balcony. Both drink coffee.

MIA

When I was 22, I used to sit here with my mother.

MIA leaves the chair and collects both empty cups and the plate from the table as ANDREA’s mobile rings.

ANDREA (INTO PHONE)

Hello! I had coffee. No, I was sitting with Mom in the balcony.

EXT. / INT. HOUSE – EVENING

MIA goes to the kitchen from the balcony with cups and the plate.

MIA

Now day’s children are always on the phone.

C.P. - OFF SCREEN (O.S.):

Example:

EXT. BALCONY – EVENING

 MIA washes the dishes in the kitchen and ANDREA talks on the phone.

ANDREA

I missed you, the whole week. Yes, I know.

MIA (O.S.)

When will ALEX, 26, be back?

C.P. - VOICE OVER (V.O.):

Example:

ANDREA

He will be back day after tomorrow.

KARMSAVI (V.O.)

This is how the story starts. Further,

ANDREA will get pregnant and then she will be divorced.

Her mother will be hospitalized because of her slip-disc.

 

Dialogue Parentheticals (D.P.)

It is different than C.P., it is placed directly below the CHARACTER ID and right above the dialogue. The purpose is to illustrate how the person is talking, what CHARACTER’S tone or emotion is. Maybe dialogue is spoken in another language.

ANDREA

(angrily)

It is none of your business, ALEX!

ALEX

(calmly)

ANDREA, why you behaving like that!

I just asked to whom you were talking.

What is wrong in that?

ANDREA

(german)

Whatever happening with me, you don’t care.

 

TRANSITIONS

It comes at the end of the scene, at the bottom right. A common version of the transition at the end of the scene are CUT TO:, FADE TO:, FADE TO BLACK, DISSOLVE TO:, FLASHBACK, BACK TO (it takes back out of flashback): etc.

Transition - CUT TO and FADE TO:

Example:

INT. HOUSE – AFTERNOON

MIA carries a heavy sofa and climbs upstairs. ANDREA looks at her mother.

ANDREA

(tired)

Mom, you shouldn’t be doing that.

I will do it after I finish my lunch.

MIA (O.S.)

(spontaneously)

You are tired now,

and I had asked you to shift it upstairs one week ago.

CUT TO:

INT. CAR – EVENING

MIA has fallen from the stairs. ANDREA drives her towards the hospital.

FADE TO:

Transition - DISSOLVE TO, BLACK OVER, and TITLE CARD:

Example:

INT. HOSPITAL – EVENING

MIA is in the hospital due to slip disc.

ANDREA

(crying)

Mom, I am sorry.

It was my fault.

MIA

(in pain)

No, it wasn’t. Where is ALEX?

DISSOLVE TO: 

BLACK OVER;

TITLE CARD: 3 YEARS LATER

INT. HOSPITAL – MORNING

MIA wakes up out of the coma. ANDREA sits beside her.

MIA

ALEX didn’t come yet? Where is he?

ANDREA

(on the verge of tears)

He will come soon.

CUT TO:

Transition - FADE OUT and THE END:

Example:

EXT. BALCONY – MORNING

ANDREA brings her Mom back home from the hospital. They sit on the balcony. MIA looks at her.

ANDREA

Mom, I and ALEX are not together anymore.

KARMSAVI (V.O)

Just after few months, Mia went into the coma,

ALEX asked ANDREA for divorce.

He moved to London and ANDREA is living with her daughter,

Kim, 2, and her mom MIA in Berlin.

FADE OUT.

THE END

Finishing of Movie-Screenplay:

Here you go. These are the very basic elements of any screenplay. Now, we will show you few more things to make your screenplay even better.

Let’s take a look towards few more examples before we jump to next step.

C.P. - CONTINUED: 

                             EXT. PLAYGROUND – DAY

                             KIM plays with the soccer ball. ANDREA comes there.

ANDREA

(politely)

What are you doing KIM?

                             KIM remains silent

ANDREA (CONTD)

(smiling)

Let us go inside. Weather is getting worse.

Sounds like it will rain now.

FADE TO BLACK

In this example:

You have seen CONTD came as a CHARACTER PARENTHETICAL. It is because under the same SLUG LINE no other CHARACTER is talking, but ANDREA is continuing the conversation (in different Action Line).

Let us learn one more thing:

D.P. - subtitle:

                        INT. HOUSE – EVENING

KIM and ANDREA sit around the table. ANDREA looks at KIM.

ANDREA

(in German)

She used tell me stories of her and my grandmother.

And

INT. HOUSE – EVENING

 KIM and ANDREA sit around the table. ANDREA looks at KIM.

ANDREA (SUBTITLES)

(in German)

She used tell me stories of her and my grandmother.

 

In this example, you have noticed SUBTITLES) comes as CHARACTER PARENTHETICAL (C.P.) and makes no difference as such, but in screenplay writing, it has some meaning.

The dialogue without C.P. (SUBTITLES) will NOT GIVE subtitles of the dialogue said by character ANDREA in German language on the screen.

In the next example, the dialogue with C.P. (SUBTITLES) will GIVE subtitles of the dialogue said by character ANDREA in German language on the screen.See, something new! Isn’t it?

See, something new! Isn’t it?

A standard format for a movie-screenplay:

Yes, there are more things to know about. These small things are coupled with the main elements of a screenplay. In order to write an awesome screenplay from an awesome idea, one should learn to use them. Hence, one should need to know all about those small and tiny elements of the screenplay. Forthwith you can pitch an awesome director to turn your idea into awesome MOVIE.

Screenplay STUDENT BOOK:

So if you are still reading it, you are very near to the success of your IDEA. With this intention, we recommend you to look at the screenplay STUDENT BOOK. This book will provide you all the necessary knowledge about the screenplay and its elements. It will make you capable of writing screenplay of any type any genre; Fiction, Non-fiction, Sci-fiction, Romance, etc, whatever exists.

To get the screenplay STUDENT BOOK you can CLICK HERE

With the help of this book, I also have successfully written a screenplay on my novella MOTHER – A SINGLE PARENT. This book helped me a lot and made me capable of writing an awesome screenplay myself without any coaching classes or without any college degree on screenplay writing.

Last but not the least, if you really want to write a screenplay for Hollywood then you need to know screenplay standard. Then only your wish of making a Hollywood film from your idea can come true. There is a so-called Hollywood standard for a screenplay.

Once your screenplay is written according to this standard then you can submit it for almost every award functions all over the world. If your screenplay is not written according to this standard then neither you can apply for any award function nor it can be a selected by any of Hollywood director.

Screenplay FINAL DRAFT:

Doesn’t matter your idea is awesome but if it is not written as per current market standards it will become garbage. Of course, neither you nor I want it to happen with our idea or a book.

Thus, to follow the standards there is a software in the market called FINAL DRAFT. Nowadays, all the movie screenplays of Hollywood, Bollywood and any other existing film industry in the world are written as per the standards of FINAL DRAFT.

To get the FINAL DRAFT you can CLICK HERE.

Not only, this software will make your screenplay capable of Hollywood, Bollywood and all the screenplay award functions but also, it will make your writing easy and fast. The format and the screenplay elements you have seen in the examples above are automatically adjusted in this software FINAL DRAFT.

You do not have to worry about remembering the elements or the format. This software will format your screenplay itself. It is easy to use similar to Microsoft Word. This software is well known for this field.

We wish you good luck and believe that you won’t just let your awesome idea be limited to yourself. We believe you will bring it on the screen and motivate or entertain the world.

Option B:

You already an author of a book/novel and you do not want to write screenplay yourself. There is always an option to hire an expert screenplay writer. To know more CLICK HERE.

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