Welcome back! I hope you all had a great Christmas and a happy New Year (even though it’s nearly the end of January). This is my next blog that may seem like I’m talking at you, but hopefully this might actually help those who wish to adapt from one medium to another, for example novel to Film adaptation. I’ll give a few steps, but step two onwards you can do in any order that works for you,
This blog is about researching into the area you want to write in next. This may not appeal to most people, but it can definitely be worth it. At the moment I’m reading a book called THE CRIME WRITER’S GUIDE TO POLICE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE. I thought it might be an idea to read this because my work at the moment seems to be branching in the work life of police officers in the area of the Midlands (an area in England that includes Birmingham, in case anyone doesn’t know where that is). The best idea I thought would be to try and make the writing as authentic as it can be, which limited me as I’m doing a Scriptwriting degree and I know nothing about the police running except from watching numerous episodes of THE BILL, focusing on The Metropolitan Police in London.
Currently in my university degree they’re deciding to test us by getting us to do a series as a group, so the most important thing to do is keep track of everything that’s going on in your series. This is how you do it, at least it’s how I’m taught it.
Welcome back to my blogs on scripts. This blog will be about how to format a radio script, since it’s very different to a layout for theatre and the screen.
Writing for theatre is completely different to writing for the screen or for radio (which I’ll hopefully do in my next blog). Theatre, the way I got taught how to do theatre in my University course, is quite interesting to see how to change the style from screen to stage. This will explain how you lay it out and hopefully help you to write a theatre play of your own.
I think a lot of the perspectives on writing screenplays is a bit of an “Oh there’s so much do to and I don’t think I’ll plan. I’ll just write it”. Wrong approach, I’m afraid. I tried that before I went to Uni and my scripts were all over the place and didn’t make sense AT ALL, but that’s probably more of a reflection of me than anything else. I’ll give a few steps of what you need to do for the plan and hopefully it works for you too.