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My Achilles heel has been script writing. I can write, I enjoy writing. But something about the script format irritates me. Taking my film ideas and writing them as short stories or as novellas, not a problem... formatting them as a script... ugh. I've tried having other people take my writing and convert it into a script for me, but it has always been problematic. No one seems to get my vision no matter how well i try to explain it.
I think a big part of my problem with script writing is dialogue. I'm absolutely crap at writing dialogue. I write my best dialogue after 2 or 3 or more screw drivers. As a director I tend not to stick all that tight to the scripted dialogue anyway. I tell my actors to use the script as a guide, not as a carved in stone document. I care more that the words they say get the important information across and sound believable to their character. If they change the words to make it more comfortable for them to say, i'm fine with that. I encourage my actors to ad lib.
To me, a script is like a recipe, its the guide to how to make a movie. Most experienced cooks tweak the recipes. But you still need the recipe to start from.
I feel my lack of script writing ability is holding me back as a film maker. So does anyone have any advice to improve my weakest link in my film making chain? I can think up a story, I can create characters, I can write a time line of events to put them through. But the dialogue and script format confound me.