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Story Structure

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Contributed By Glen Berry

IMPORTANT CONCEPTS
  1. Start with a premise
  2. Do your Research
  3. Structure Clarifies the Concept

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SUMMARY

  • The concept of your screenplay should be reducible to a few sentences. Without this clarity, you cannot build a story.
  • Invest time in determining how your concept is different from others and how it might be the same. This will save you from unwittingly remaking another film.
  • Many independent films suffer from a lack of clarity, which can almost always be traced to poor structure. Breaking from convention is encouraged but if the result is confusion, look at your story structure.
LESSON
Premises and Originality
Originality the most powerful weapon of the independent filmmaker, and the only way to beat Hollywood. Your best shot at distinguishing yourself is a creative, original script.
Story Structure
Getting started with the screenwriting process and three act structure. The development of script concepts and screenplay premises are discussed.
Character Development
Character and its role in the development of the screenplay. Protagonists, antagonists, the foil and anti-heros and the relationship to story in the screenplay.
Screenplay Formatting
The critical importance of properly formatted screenplays, how to adhere to that formatting and pitfalls to avoid when putting your concept into script form.
Script Evaluation
Questions to ask when evaluating your script, incorporating feedback and the importance of re-writing.