The script or screenplay has been the dominant blueprint for filmed anything, and contemporary screenwriters use a specific format. Basically this breaks down to a scene setting, description and dialogue. Read a few scripts for films and television shows to see what this looks like. Even if you know the format, reading scripts can only make you a better writer. That said, writing a script takes a lot of time, energy and practice. Most writers will go through several drafts of a project before they’re satisfied. Since you’re probably not Aaron Sorkin, no one has paid you millions of dollars so you can write your story as a script. The months or years you might need to complete it will have to be on spec, which is Hollywood talk for your own dime. On the other hand, any producers, financiers and actors who haven’t sworn a blood oath to you and your vision will all want to see the script before agreeing to work, so it might be worth the investment of your resources. And speaking of time, it’s also good to remember that one page really does equal one minute of screen time.
- Aristotle’s Poetics for Screenwriters: Storytelling Secrets From the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization