Give a carpenter a truckload of tools and a bunch of wood; he'll build something. But hand him structural blueprints as well, and the end result will be amazing. Screenwriters work the same way, and the outline is your screenplay's skeleton.
Screenwriting is a unique version of writing, and this outline can be crucial to keeping you on track.
How do you begin when there are so many different ways to do it, and each way can lead you down dozens of different roads? Answer: KNOW YOUR ENDING. Let the ending dictate the correct beginning.
An outline permits a critical scrutiny of the skeleton before the flesh of action and dialogue are applied. In fact, the very act of putting the “spine” down on paper reveals things about the story that wouldn’t be evident without outlining.
Clearly a screenplay is built through scenes, sequences, acts, using tension and conflict, while eliciting hopes and fears, etc., but the most basic template for structuring a screenplay is to build it around the five major plot points of a film.
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