The Screenwriting Process of an Oscar Winner

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Dustin Lance Black is not only an Oscar-winning screenwriter (“Milk”), but he’s also one of the few film scribes who can articulate his screenwriting process in a way screenwriting newbies can understand. (And hopefully emulate.)
Now, as Black explains in the video, his work ethic is quite insane. But don’t let that discourage ya! His big-picture look at the process of seeing an idea from conception to FADE OUT is something any writer, of any genre, can use to their advantage.

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Screenwriting, also called scriptwriting, is the art and craft of writing scripts[1] for mass media such as feature films, television productions or video games. It is frequently a freelance profession.
Screenwriters are responsible for researching the story, developing the narrative, writing the screenplay, and delivering it, in the required format, to development executives. Screenwriters therefore have great influence over the creative direction and emotional impact of the screenplay and, arguably, of the finished film. They either pitch original ideas to producers in the hope that they will be optioned or sold, or screenwriters are commissioned by a producer to create a screenplay from a concept, true story, existing screen work or literary work, such as a novel, poem, play, comic book or short story.
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