Write a Movie Script!

Write a Movie Script!

When Stephen and Alex Kendrick were teens, they made fun movies with the family’s VHS camcorder. The Kendrick brothers grew up. They wrote and produced award-winning movies such as Fireproof and Courageous.

Would you like to try writing a script for a movie? Start with something simple. Think of a story that would be easy to film where you live. What will your film be about? What message do you want to send to your audience?

Which friends or family members might commit to memorizing lines and acting in your film? Once you have the setting for your movie and have contacted possible cast members, you can begin writing your script. Write your story based on the number of volunteers you have.

Remember to include a conflict of some kind — a problem to solve. State the problem early in your script, and then show how the characters arrive at a solution. It might help to write an analysis of each character (describe each character’s personality, problems, and role in the story).

Try these ideas: Perhaps you have a special event coming up in your church and can make a commercial to promote it. Advertise an upcoming Vacation Bible School. Write a story about children needing teachers/volunteers for VBS.

After you finish writing your script, ask an adult to proofread it. Is your script simple and easy for actors to follow? Once approved, give scripts to your actors. Set practice dates ahead of time.

Will you need special props? Do you require sound effects, such as clashing thunder? Work out all the details. Get your movie camera and props ready before the practices. Tweak your script when needed, then get busy making your movie.

It will require hard work and patience, but who knows? You may end up with a blockbuster hit!

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.

Colossians 3:23

Our Author

Encouraging others is Sally Matheny’s mission in life. With a special passion for children, she enjoys writing books for children and older youth. She is a contributing writer for the international devotional magazine, Keys for Kids. She has written for DevoKids and Christian Devotions.

Sally, a former public school teacher, is happily married to her pastor-husband, who helped homeschool their children for twelve years. They live in western North Carolina with four dogs, two horses, a miniature pig and a handful of chickens.

Contact her at: www.sallymatheny.blogspot.com or www.ziplineofsunshine.blogspot.com

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