Screenwriting has been much of a mystery…or is it?

The allure, the beauty, the mystery, the glamour of mass media, be it feature films, television or web series or even video games, all are due to the elusive lines that dictate the movement, manner, words, accents, looks and demeanor of the characters. And those very lines all come from screenwriting.

As Andre Gide, the famous French author and the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1947, once said, “The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.”

Without more ado, let’s get into what happened during the chat. Blogchatter kicked off the chat, held on March 21st,  with their trademark question 😉

And as always, our community did not disappoint. Their answers varied from hit TV shows like the Game of Thrones & Doctor Who to movies that went from Hollywood (Black Panther) to Bollywood (Dear Zindagi). Here are a few of the crowd favorites!

Then the conversation moved on to more serious matters, discussing about the one thing that everyone looks for while watching video content.

While there was a staunch call for an interesting story-line and engaging content, there were a few who were inclined to be biased by reviews, trailers, recommendations and promotions. Here’s what our community said:

It’s indeed a relatively new way of screening movies before you decide if you want to attend its screening (all puns intended).

And then, we tried to differentiate screenwriting from other forms of writing…after all, aren’t we a community of writers?

We definitely share Suchita’s sadness in that there are often omissions made when a book is turned into a visual medium, but we must also agree that paper and screen are different mediums and thus must be handled differently.

And of course, there was a general consensus that the basic difference between screenwriting and other forms of writing is that screenwriting is for a visual medium and hence, the writer needs a more visual mindset to write what should be enacted. Basically, a screenwriter gives shape to a scene with his words, while a writer’s words gives directions to the reader’s imagination.

And that’s when Adite turned our attention to a much overlooked aspect of screenwriting, subtext.

Then the discussion moved on to the importance of a good screenplay in a movie or a show and as one, everyone said that good script/screenplay is definitely the foundation of good film, for as Richa said, “… no amount of good acting or star feel can undo a bad script”.

Then, there was a question about whether screenwriting can be a profession in India that writers can actually aspire for and the answers speak for themselves. As Ramya pointed out, there have been many authors already who have played a part in converting their books into screenplays for movies.

…whereas Ninad brought our attention to the growing need for fresh perspectives, fresher stories and more credit for screenwriters….

… and he elaborated on what he was looking for in a “proper unbiased platform” and we too believe that it is one that the industry must strive for.

But, as Sulagna and Pratikshya pointed out, considering that there is a large need for screenplay coming up in India, such a shift to screenwriting inevitably required a slightly higher level of creativity and thought.

Then, the floor was left open for any queries from our community about screenwriting.

Here are a few…

And many more…

While we shall strive to try and bring you answers to all your queries about all things related to screenwriting, we are more than thankful to our community who have been helping each other out and pushing others to do better, for as the great Polish-British writer Joseph Conrad once said, “A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.”