A Peek Into The Origins Of The Modern Screenplay Format!

By Aditya Savnal. Posted on September 05, 2015

If not for the Lumiere's invention of the Cinematogprahe and their short films, movies would not have evolved beyond the combination of photographic techniques and light used to create an illusion of moving images on screen.

As filmmaking evolved to its present state, so did the way in which screenplays were written. In the latter half of the 1800's, a synopsis of the film called as scenarios were used to describe and market movies. Georges Melies A Trip To The Moon consisted of scenarios that were broken down and used as a technical aid to enable directors with scenes and the order in which it was to be shot.

The journey behind the origins of the format of the modern screenplays is lengthy but an interesting one. A video by Filmmaker IQ maps this evolution in a painstaking manner that deserves applause. And the above mentioned facts are some of the interesting events that are mentioned in the video.

The advent of the studio system that identified filmmaking as a collaborative process led to the formation of the modern screenplay format that was divided into crucial parts such as characters & dialogues.

Several writers and directors have often emphasized on how a good screenplay is the single most important constituent of a film. And while we couldn't agree more with them, one must also remember that it is your script that helps you to make the first impression. It is therefore very essential that your scripts be written as per the format and norms accepted by the industry. One must also take care to see that the script is error free and easy to read.

Writing scripts is an art that requires craft and insight. And the importance of a good screenplay will never die down. But if you ever wanted to know how the screenplay evolved from the earliest moving pictures to its present day avatar, there could be no better resource than this amazing video.

Also read our post on 12 Oscar winning scripts of this decade.


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