Just a brief taste of the excellent instruction of Mr. Carpenter. He is truly a repository of godly wisdom. More to come...
The Script: 1.) Your script needs to be properly formatted. There are industry standards to which any serious filmmaker must adhere. Part of the reason for this is, as your script begins to make its way into the hands of seasoned professionals, they’re going to expect professional formatting. 2.) You must pursue excellence in the area of script writing. Your movie can only be as good the script. 3.) For information and further links regarding screenplays and studio format go here. 4.) A good script will average about one minute of screen time per page.
The Story: When you're trying to come up with a story for your film, begin by making a list of all the things to which you have access. For example, if you have a friend who owns a yellow school bus, write that down. If you have a farm with horses, write that down. Work with what you have, not with what you don't.
Budget and Schedule: Be sure to ask yourself, "How many days can I afford to shoot?" As a general rule, episodic television shows shoot about 7 pages a day. Feature films shoot about 1 page a day. Bear this in mind. If you have a 30-page script and only 3 days to shoot, you have a problem.