can be roughly divided into a three-phase process, preceded
by a creation phase. First, before pre-production, there is
the idea or the concept, starting point or vision for the
It is adapted into a screenplay.
This phase is synthetic: tiny pieces and details of real life
are formed into an entity.
beginning scriptwriter should remember that there is no "original
idea". Almost everything has already been invented. The
so-called idea is only a starting point, an inspiration to
start the actual creative
work: Idea is written into a synopsis.
stories are all about how creatively and freshly "the
same old story" can be told over and over again. Cf.
the hero's journey.
Creation and Orson
Welles and the use of deep
focus in film
Siegel: The Nine-Act Structure Home Page. [www.dsiegel.com/film/Film_home.html]