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Screenwriting: http://www.screenwriting.info/ The Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting Playwriting: http://www.scriptfrenzy.org/introtoplaywriting Writing for the Stage: A Practical Playwriting Guide
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I would say start by reading some scripts. You need to see the style they have, and the best thing you can do (other than start writing yourself) is to read the work of successful writers. You can learn how to write good scenes, and, in the case of screenplays, you can watch the movie as well to see how it all looks once done. The Daily Script is a great ...
Obviously, both female participation and female representation are important. Female participation is more immediately important, because you're dealing with your actual students, and it's crucial that the girls be able to participate just as much as the boys. That being said, this isn't a one-or-the-other case - quite the opposite, since the easiest way ...
You'd use the character name. Most screenplays are written well before they're cast, so it would be impossible to use the actor name. And even if you knew the actor (like, it was part of a series) you'd use the character name because it's the character saying the line, not the actor. ETA: You can see this, for example, in the screenplay for Empire Strikes ...
Parenthetical remarks are used to describe the attitude, tone, or action for the actor who is speaking. Stage direction describe whatever's going on on the stage in general. There's a bunch of different "standard" or "accepted" formats used to accomplish it. The name of a character who is speaking should be capitalized and centered, just like in a ...
I'm not sure what you mean by make a point. Following from the principle of Chekhov's gun every element in a play should have a dramatic purpose. "One must never place a loaded rifle on the stage if it isn't going to go off. It's wrong to make promises you don't mean to keep." Chekhov, letter to Aleksandr Semenovich Lazarev 1 November 1889
From what I've been told, there are two important parts to a drama: 1) story (or "message" in your words), and 2) characters. That's because the characters are the medium by which your message is conveyed, and the interaction of the characters produces the plot, or "storyline."
The following applies more to playwriting than screenwriting. Stuart Spencer's The Playwright's Guidebook is the best book I've seen on the subject. It's practical and accessible but not dumbed-down, and built from his own experiences in the theater world. On top of reading books and studying plays, I would say start going to the theater regularly. Plays ...
A book I really like (and full of useful tips) is "How Not to Write a Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters Make" by Denny Martin Flinn. He goes over examples of bad screenplay writing compared to bits from screenplays of some big films like Braveheart and Bladerunner.
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