By: Nazia Adnin
A synopsis includes all important details, moments or elements in your screen play. Sometimes writers confuse synopsis with treatment. But they are two different tools and designed for different purposes. Synopsis is a verbal pitch in written form. Following a few steps you can make your synopsis appealing and cinematic for ‘would be’ producers and studio heads.
Here are some strategies to follow in order to write a good synopsis:
2) Length: A synopsis should not be very long but it should contain everything that’s good about your story. This usually translates to one to two single-spaced typewritten pages. That’s an ideal length for a synopsis.
3) Dialogue: Sometimes adding dialogues to the synopsis gives it a personality and builds the suspense. However, like everything else in the synopsis, dialogues should be short and simple. Example: “Michael Corleone explains to Kay, deadpan: “He made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.”
4) Style: A synopsis should be written in the same style as the screenplay. Usually, it is written in thirds person, present tense. Unlike a full screenplay, a synopsis does not contain scene slugs or cinematic transitions.
5) Characters: Introduce your characters with short, interesting, distinctive and memorable descriptions. Emphasis to describe personality and temperament along with physical descriptions. Have your readers engaged with characters’ emotions.
6) Adding visual elements: Add visual elements such as subtexts, actions, motions of the characters in your synopsis. The reader should not only read your story, but your movie.You can add the climax and conflicts of your story in the synopsis to make it more engaging.