Read screenplays that have sold and gone into production. Furthermore, read ones that have won awards. What makes a good script is a combination of a great story, and the author's exceptional ability to put that story onto paper in a way that is unexplainable and unique. If you could pinpoint it, everyone would be a great writer. Read movies you haven't seen, it gives you a totally different perspective than reading a movie you've already seen-obviously. Although it's probably going to be hard to read the screenplay to a great movie that you have yet to see (assuming you see a lot of films), I'm sure some are out there. For instance, I read Good Will Hunting before I saw the movie, and it was no surprise the movie did so well. It was really exceptional and almost impossible to put down after reading the first few pages.
Originally Posted by lemmywinks
Hello SF, Seems like between all of us, there is a fair amount of knowledge. I'm taking a screenwriting course over the Summer, and I'd like to know what some good examples of films that show great examples of screenwriting. And if any of you guys have ever done screenwriting, what are some pointers to someone who may consider it as a career?
As far as doing it as a career, I'm sure you already know the deal if you're interested enough to take a class. I have some family that is in the business, and I'm also an aspiring writer. If you like PM me and I'll be glad to give you the same tips I got from someone that has been in the business for 30 years.