How to Write a Script and Workshop Your Screenplay with Paul Castro
How to write a script? A question many of us have when we start out. When I created the online course, The Million Dollar Business of Screenwriting with August Rush screenwriter Paul Castro I was blown away by many of the techniques Paul explained. How to workshop your screenplay really caught my ear. This little-done exercise really takes your writing to another level. Workshopping a screenplay is a crucial part of the screenwriting process.
By listening to your words spoken out loud by friends or even better actors, you really get a sense of what works and what doesn’t. Just because it reads well doesn’t mean it’ll work in a film.
Check out Paul Castro discussing his technique of how to workshop your screenplay.
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– Now it’s time to workshop but this is something that writers really fail to do and I think it’s a hidden secret for successful writers. That’s once you’ve written it, rewritten it, rewritten it again, now you workshop it. So you cast it with great actors, hopefully you know some, and you do a table reading where the sit down and they read the characters and you have one person assigned to read the action lines. You have somebody film it, capture it on video so you have that reading and you can go back to it and listen to it. You wanna listen to the rhythm, the cadence, the lyrical nature of your screenplay and when there is a speed bump or a little glitch that doesn’t feel right. My director buddy, Alex, and I were doing a reading with actresses yesterday and there was one word and every one of them said the, they were talking about a mountain lion and instead of calling it a mountain lion, they called it the beauty. Right. Referring to the mountain lion as a beauty. When I wrote it, it sounded great but when they actually read it out loud, it didn’t sound great at all. And when I mentioned it, Alex was like “Yeah, you know I felt the same way.” So that had to be addressed. So we just tweaked it and now it reads very clean. So I want you to really have a discerning ear when you’re listening to these actors bring your material to life. Take copious notes. Alright. And then when something works well, we never wanna eliminate something from our script that’s working just because we forgot it worked so well with these actors so make note of the great things as well. Alright. So that’s the first step of work shopping. So get the actors together, do a table read, and make it all happen. It’s a little bit of a logistical nightmare for some in small towns but some of the best actors are found in small towns. So you can do it.