Drafting the Short Screenplay...
Drafting the Short Screenplay: Exercises
Here are a few exercises that will help you to write your screenplay.
1. Take the story you've been working on in the exercises above, and write a step outline. If you don't have a story, you can still do this exercise. Simply take a short story or a newspaper clipping and think about the visual scenes necessary to translate this story into images.
2. In order to practice making the internal visible, choose a character from your story and then write a brief internal monologue for that character. Then think of ways that you might make this monologue visual.
3. Try writing a scene, using the proper screenwriting format. Then ask yourself: Did I call shots, or did I write shots? Do I have unnecessary exposition, and if so, how can I eliminate it? How are my verbs? Adjectives? Adverbs?