A screenplay or script is a written work especially for a film or television program. Screenplays can be original works or adaptations from existing works.
Do check out the Wikipedia page for screenplay where a blueprint of a conventional Hollywood screenplay is given.
For those of you on the hunt for a different kind of narrative I can suggest a film of screenplay brilliance.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind..2004
Directed by Michel Gondry
Written by Gondry, Carlie Kaufman and Pierre Bismuth
It’s a movie with two of my favorite actors – Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ is a movie whose screenplay curl if untangled as you watch the movie, will dazzle you like never before.
How do I put it? This is the most brain teasing screenplay I’ve come across. The movie starts out with Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) getting out of bed, cursing his neighbor for hitting his car in the parking lot and complaining about why he falls in love with first attractive woman he sees on the streets. He boards a local train wherein he meets the blue haired Clementine (Kate Winslet).
Joel being his usual self doesn’t make a move, however Clementine being her usual self comes and talks to him. A few gigs about her name, what they do etc. That night Clementine proposes to go out with him and while he’s waiting for her near her apartment, Patrick (Elijah Wood) knocks on his car window and asks him who he is? But, you have to wait till the end of the film for the answer viewers.
They eventually fall in love and get married. However Joel being a home body doesn’t go out much and Clementine being a party girl comes home drunk every other night. Eventually they realize they were not meant to be together and break up.
Clementine doesn’t recognize Joel one day in a super market and Joel learns that Clementine had taken up a brain erase therapy to forget her past; an angry Joel decides to take up the same therapy. However, while the therapy is going on he realizes that he loves her madly and wants to stop the procedure. Here the movie might get a little irritating with confusing shots.
All that apart the final few minutes of the movie when the movie reveals what happened first and what followed is just a stroke of screenplay magnificence.
Rating- √√√√ – Rare and amazing
The movie had won the Oscar for ‘Best Original Screenplay’ that year.