Originally published at https://industrialscripts.com on February 5th, 2020

What is a “high concept” movie? What do movie producers and executives look for in a high concept? And how do you turn a logline into a high concept to begin with?

Screenwriters are constantly searching for movie ideas Hollywood producers want to buy.

In turn, that’s where writing a good premise, or “high concept,” become valuable.

A high concept is a captivating premise (or logline) to a movie that generates audience appeal without attached elements, such as critic reviews or casting.

Furthermore, a High Concept conveys 3 basic elements at its…


Originally published at https://industrialscripts.com on January 31, 2020

If your mind immediately jumps to soppy worn out cliches when you think of love interests, you’d be forgiven. But love interests are significant roles in many genres. They’re certainly not limited to romcoms.

The question for screenwriters is how to create a love interest who really inspires, well, love. One who convinces the audience of the validity of love so much it has them running out the cinema in search of it.

Creating a love interest who engrosses audiences is to ensure that this character exists within their own right.

  • The…

Originally published at https://industrialscripts.com on January 24, 2020

You want a screenplay to be entertaining but reflective and unique but relatable. You want the audience to connect. Using visual metaphors can be the key to unlocking this.

When used intentionally, visual metaphors can transform your entire screenplay. They add more than a little spice — they add depth and dimension.

They craft a richer, stronger story and they completely alter how audience’s relate, react, and feel.

  • What does a visual metaphor look like in practice?
  • How do you use one and why should you?
  • What does a visual metaphor do…


Originally published at https://industrialscripts.com on January 15, 2020

While science fiction movies can be exhilarating to watch, they can be just as daunting to write.

How do you create a captivating and believable story world? What amount of exposition is necessary for introducing sci-fi elements? How do writers not lose track of the character arc and plot?

If written properly, the science fiction genre has the potential to do more than elicit emotion and entertain. It can inspire real-world ideas.

As James Cameron puts it in his interview with Christopher Nolan:

“Isn’t that the great virtuous circle of science fiction…


Originally published at https://industrialscripts.com on January 3, 2020

Every writer has experienced that moment of wanting to throw the towel in after getting rejected. However, it’s important not to be defeated by the thoughts of the person typically on the other end of your screenplay: The Screenplay Reader.

Getting that ‘Pass’ on the screenplay you’ve put your blood sweat and tears in for months or years can be tough to swallow.

It’s too easy to take the screenplay reader’s verdict to heart. …


Originally published at https://industrialscripts.com on December 28, 2019

It’s a term you hear frequently when it comes to storytelling — ‘Show Don’t Tell’.

But what does it mean exactly? And how you can you take that principle and use it in your screenwriting?

Let’s take a look…

The Meaning of ‘Show Don’t Tell’

It might seem obvious what ‘Show Don’t Tell’ means. It kind of does what it says on the tin. But you need to take a closer look and analyse what the phrase is really trying to tell you.

…a technique used in various kinds of texts to allow the reader to experience the…


Originally published at https://industrialscripts.com on December 13, 2019

A crucial part of any screenplay is the main character’s growth and evolution from beginning to end. This is their character arc.

How do they grow? How do they change? What journey do they go on? Their character arc should speak to these questions.

Whether the term leaves you scratching your head or fills you with trepidation about how to properly build it up, we’re here to help guide you.

What is a Character Arc?

In simplified terms…

a character arc is the transformation or growth that a character has over the entirety of a screenplay.

Traditionally…


Originally published at https://industrialscripts.com on December 6, 2019

Whilst inspiration can strike at any minute and writing can be incredibly spontaneous business, screenwriting is usually smoothest when you’ve got a solid plan. Organization and outlining are crucial to the process. The best outlining technique to use, is The Beat Sheet.

What is a Beat Sheet?

A beat sheet is a form of outlining that many screenwriters and authors use to map out their story.

Unlike some outlining techniques though, beat sheets are comprised of short bullet points rather than full sentences. …


Originally published at https://industrialscripts.com on November 25, 2019

So you’ve managed to come up with a brilliant idea for a film. You’ve developed the idea into a logline and thought through a synopsis that seems to work. Time to just muck in and write the thing right? Wait a second — a film treatment can help clarify your script’s goals.

What are Film Treatments?

A film treatment is a document, written in prose, which provides an outline or overview of your story.

  • In essence it’s a detailed synopsis, with action and sparse dialogue.
  • It serves as a roadmap for the reader.
  • Importantly, it’s written…


Originally published at https://industrialscripts.com on November 20, 2019

Surprise is one of the most important elements in movies and tv. Knowing how to write a killer plot twist is an important skill in your writer’s tool box. And in screenwriting, a red herring can serve as a great way of delivering such a plot twist.

A red herring is something that is used to divert attention from the truth.

In literature and cinema, a red herring is supposed to distract and mislead audiences so that there’s a surprising twist that audiences didn’t see coming.

A red herring is the writer’s…

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