How To Write Scripts For Porn Movies

So you’re wondering how to write scripts for porno movies. OK. It’s simple enough, but before starting you should understand that:

  • You must have a grasp of screenwriting basics.
  • You can throw conventional screenplay structure out the window.
  • You must understand the finished project’s purpose.
  1. It’s still a screenplay. Though a script written for a porno movie will more than likely never be mistaken for high-art, it should be realized that most screenwriting basics still apply where such a venture is concerned…in that it must be written within an acceptable format. So if you’re not aware of such necessities you should school yourself before mounting such a task.
  2. How to learn. Anyone with a talent for self-education as opposed to formal “schooling” should be aware that THE book to read where screenwriting is concerned is David Trottier’s “The Screenwriter’s Bible”. This is considered as the text of note by industry professionals where proper screenwriting is concerned and should be read if you’re not already aware of how to actually deliver a story in this medium.
  3. But Dave doesn’t care about porn. A typical screenplay story is told in three acts where the first equals a forth of its total length (known as the set-up), a second act (known as the body and typically includes half the work’s total length) and a third act that concludes the piece within it’s final forth. However, when writing scripts for porno movies this structure can be ignored in that this medium’s intent is far removed from traditional dramatic intent.
  4. More specifically…Where as most conventional screenplays tend to be split almost equally between scene headings, dialogue and action passages, an adult feature stands typically erect or flaccid where its quality is concerned due to its action passages, as this is almost exclusive to what occurs on film.
  5.  Otherwise, refer to Paul Thomas Anderson if you’re confused. In 1997 the brilliant writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson purveyed a film called “Boogie Nights”. And within the second act of the piece he wrote dialogue for William H. Macy and Burt Reynolds that eloquently defines what is basically expected where how to write scripts for porno movies is concerned.     
  6. Action rules. As previously mentioned, the majority of intent when considering how to write scripts for porno movies should be based on action as opposed to overall plot, dialogue and structure. Further, such action should be brief in its description…since most adult features are far shorter than conventional theatrical releases.    
  7. And don’t expect to sell content on spec. Unlike writing for print or general theatrics, scripts for porno are typically written upon request. So don’t expect to compose something that you can sell on general principle…since the purpose of such a medium is far removed from that of other artistic pursuits.  

Further, be aware that if you choose to pursue a path within the adult film industry that it will more than likely prevent you from later working in what is currently considered as legitimate entertainment work otherwise. So be so advised.

 

 

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