WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? … Some of you may have wondered while watching one, two or all three of the recent Spiderman movies.
Personally, I have no idea what they were thinking
Some movies just fall flat: dialogue is unbelievable, acting is weak and the overall film feels shallow. If this sounds like your film, lot of that probably has to do with its script.
Your script is your foundation, it should make sense! If you write it well and with meaning, your house will stand; cut corners by writing nonsense just to get something on the page and your house may fall into a heap with you standing inside of it. Ouch.
To write a great script you need to have a clear beginning, middle and end and know why you are telling the story. Let me say that again: YOU SHOULD KNOW WHY YOU ARE TELLING THE STORY.
What are you trying to say??
Having a clear beginning, middle and end is obviously important, but the superstructure of your film needs to be your passion for making it. If you look at a great film’s director, for example, you will likely see some semblance of humanity, some ounce of passion shining through no matter what question they’re answering for the cameras. But if you trace a terrible movie back to its source, you will almost always find a vain, uninspired filmmaker who is unsure of their own motives from the beginning.
Think about it:
- Why do you want to make this movie?
- What do you think you will gain from it?
- What is your definition of success?
Having a strong story is a great start for making a film, but having a strong heart to tell it is what separates great filmmakers from the “meh”. Being passionate about your subject and knowing why you’re passionate is a hugely important ingredient to great filmmaking.
Before you write that next sentence in your script, think long and hard about why you’re writing it. Think about what it means to the story and think about how its driving the story forward to its most logical and interesting conclusion.
If you are writing a script just to write a script, but you aren’t really sure where your words are leading… stop a moment and look at yourself from the perspective of your future self; a wiser, more secure future self, and ask your present self: “Do you love this?”. Above all you should feel connected to the material, almost like it’s a part of you that needs to be expressed… an expression without which the world would be a little less interesting.
But if your present self looks at your future self and is just scared, maybe you’re scared because you know you’re full of sh*t =)