I’ve learned some very important lessons from my overseas travel, but one message actually applies to screenwriting: always prepare yourself for the journey ahead.
Writing a script, is, in essence, a journey. Don’t be that guy who gets stopped at the border because you forgot your passport and who drinks the water the moment his boot hits Mexicano soil.
Here are six ways to prepare for writing that killer screenplay and put experienced travelers to shame!
1. Concept comes first. You need an idea that’s not only marketable, but interesting, compelling, and high concept if you can manage it. You need something that’s going to be a movie. Examples:
- Not a movie: ‘two people fall in love but life gets in the way’
- A movie: ‘two people fall in love but they’re on The Titanic‘
- Not a movie: ‘a lawyer learns that lying is immoral’
- A movie: ‘an attorney preparing for a big case is cursed and cannot lie for twenty-four hours’
Be specific and use irony when you can! [Read more…]