Author tips: Sam Bain on how to write a screenplay


Top screenplay-writing tips from veteran film and TV writer Sam Bain in The Guardian.

Your first draft will never ever be your last. Unless you’re directing, producing and paying for the film or series yourself – in which case, may God have mercy on your soul. You will end up rewriting the bloody thing five, 10, 100 times. Whatever the total number of drafts you eventually reach, the only guarantee is that it will be at least two (and possibly 200) more than you thought were strictly necessary.

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