“I could be just a writer very easily. I am not a writer. I am a screenwriter, which is half a filmmaker. … screenplays are invitations to others to collaborate on a work of art.”
Screenwriting is both art and science. A screenplay is a technical document, a blueprint for producers to convert into a beautiful work of artistic accomplishment. But they can’t build it without the blueprint: the idea, the structure, the texture and subtext, or without the psychology of the story itself. That’s the job of the screenwriter, to give the technical needs in a way which filmmakers can then do their own special magic. And make no mistake - it is very special and extremely magical.
But screenwriting is also art. It is storytelling in a brief, concise, visual, and impactful format. And the one thing that must absolutely not get lost in all of the technicalities involved - is a compelling story. Story is everything! Irony, compelling characters, challenges, and pain and suffering - all must come together at the right time.
It’s time for screenwriters to stand up and become noticed for their craft. Time for stories to shine, not just suffice. It’s time for the Story to become more important than the visual elements and special effects of the film. It’s time to proclaim the importance of storytellers - and not mere technicians. It’s time to: Write A Little Better!