CINENOVEL FOR SCREENWRITERS

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What is a Cinenovel?

   From the success of L.S. Reis  world-renowned film script, the idea of a new literary style arises: the CineNovel! Dynamic and surprising, it puts the reader face to face with every scene in history, delivering an immersive "cinematic" experience, to be lived with the eyes of the imagination.

   Storm Dragons inaugurates this new way of writing through a story that is also revolutionary itself, as it was acclaimed as one of the most awarded epic fantasy of all time in the universe of unproduced scripts.

   It will transport you to an unparalleled world, where legend and reality unite in twisting plots, transforming your reading into something unique and unforgettable.

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How to Turn Your Screenplay into a Cinenovel

A quick guide to turn your screenplay into a Cinenovel:

  1. Read a professionally completed Cinenovel to have a real world proven reference, so you can follow the format ideas and understand better the steps below;

  2. Be sure you already have a very well-polished screenplay. Turning it into a screenplay won’t make it better;  

  3. In the initial pages of your work (and in your promo material), give to your audience the info they will have a different experience with the Cinenovel style;  

  4. Have a “pilot pacing” for your first chapter to make your reader have a smoother transition from traditional literature for the Cinenovel format;

  5. Open the scenes with more detailed descriptions because, different from a movie, your readers will need to see the environment in their imagination;

  6. Make the descriptions, including action ones, very visual. Some can be longer and more poetical to keep a kind of literature mood the readers are already used to;

  7. Use larger paragraphs to allow a better reading flux and to not interrupt your readers’ immersion

  8. I like to divide the book into three acts to add some cinematic mood and make the chapters short. It stimulates the readers to read just one more chapter.  

  9. I suggest writing a post-credit scene to relate with other books in the series or in the same universe;

  10.  Resist the temptation of enlarging the story size for any reason, so you keep the idea of watching a movie with the mind’s eye, and for that, the story length is important.

Hollywood story analyst, Barb Doyon, from FixMyScrenplay.com and Extremescreenwriting.com, gently shared this usually paid video talking about Cinenovel and the pioneer author in this writing style. Visit her site for more cool insider info, tips  and services about screenwriting.