Ever ask yourself, “Self, what are the five most common screenwriting mistakes made by film students?
Ever get an answer?
Well, you are now:
by Bhushan Mahadani
Common Screenwriting Mistakes I made when I was a film student. Content was always the king, is a king and will always be the king in filmmaking. I also made some of the common mistakes almost every screenwriting student does. As I am a director of a student film festival I often see these common screenwriting mistakes and I am writing this article just to avoid those mistakes in future. When you are a screenwriter you are the most responsible person in the crew and student filmmakers( especially fiction loving guys) screw there. So here are the five common mistakes screenwriting students make.
1) Writing Complex Sentences
This is the first common mistake screenwriting students make. They use complex sentences, huge words( which they search in dictionary) and common man doesn’t know their meaning. Whatever you are writing, is writing for the audience and if the audience doesn’t know what are you talking about, what’s the use of your writing. Using complex sentences doesn’t make you Shakespeare. This makes your movie boring as most of the folks doesn’t understand what’s going on. Use simple sentences. In real life we don’t use complex words in our day to day life. Make it as simple as you can.
2) Writing Long Paragraphs
When I was teaching at a reputed film school I often found out that students would write one or two pages of paragraphs. This is one of the most common screenwriting mistakes. Students often write long paragraphs. Once again make it simple. Instead writing a two page paragraph, divide it into short five-six paragraphs. That way it will be easy to read and understand.