Researching historical events, piecing together facts and filling in the blanks to make sense of past events and communicate them to a wider audience. Are we talking about the historian, the screenwriter…or both? The first article in our short series on screenwriter’s roles, takes a look at how the function of the ‘history film’ writer can be likened to that of a historian…

So, you’ve found a great true life tale that you’re sure will make a terrific film. The next thing to do is sit down and bang out your screenplay, right? Well, not exactly. First, there’s the little matter of research. For some writers, this step is a joy; for others, a chore. Either way, it’s a necessary step. In this first lesson on researching the fact-based film, we look at how research benefits your script…