Learn scriptwriting from two guys who will make you laugh so much that it hurts.
I want to be both Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg when I grow up. At 33 there may be little hope for me, but hey it could happen to you! These guys are some of the best writers and directors to work in Hollywood. You have films that cover Hollywood genres and budgets. They know how to tell a story for each platform, and their continued success is inspiring.
What I love about them is their work ethic. They always seem to come up with new ideas and make clear and precise decisions in their storytelling.
Well, Rolling Stone had her put together a video full of scriptwriting tips.
Let's see what they had to say …
Learn how to write a script from Comedic Super Duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
One of the best things everyone should hear on the video is the idea of demystifying the idea of the writing process. Before you even get started you need to grapple with the idea that this is not magic. It can feel like magic, it can feel special, but at the end of the day this is hard work.
The writers who succeed are the ones who agree to schedule the lessons and write the drafts.
But how do you know what to write about in the first place?
Pick an idea that you really like …
Before you start, you should know that you have so many designs that you really want to pick a concept that you like. These ideas could live with you for years and you definitely will hate them at times.
But when your premise is strong and you feel like you share a part of you, it can really pay off.
The character and the plot
Ideas for films can come from anywhere. Don't try to just think about the character or just the plot. Just let everything race over you and sort the stuff as it comes.
Do you have a person whose arc you want to follow? What kind of movie or TV show should they be in?
Do you have a plot that you want to write? Who are the people who would exist in this world?
Break all the rules
Stop worrying about the rules. Outside of the formatting and general three-file structure, the rest of the material is on the table. All that matters is that you have something that the audience wants to see and that it is relatable in one or more ways.
We say this over and over, but there are no rules … just tell a great story!
What are we rooted for?
Tap on it and stay tuned.
Find contrast in your art
Seth and Evan usually look for contrasts in both their tone and genre. Can you add humor to the drama? Drama to humor? Is this a political thriller … and a comedy? Are these characters selfish and their best friend self-deprecating?
These contrasts not only broaden the audience's horizons, but also the possibilities for drama and conflict within the story.
All writing is rewriting
At the end of the day or um … movie … you need to summarize why everyone came and what they learned. This can only be achieved by writing and rewriting over and over. We have to be willing to throw away pages, write new scenes, tear things apart, and be okay with tearing things down.
The fact is, no one gets the story right the first time.
You have to brainstorm forever and evolve back and forth. When working with a partner, focus not on the arguments, but on creating the best story possible.
Is it accessible?
Did you hit all of these other points?
Go back and do it all over again.
So much of what we talk about at No Film School when it comes to screenwriting is wrapped up in our new eBook. It will also help you create a 10 week writing schedule that will actually finish your script.