As you sit down in
front of the keyboard and start thinking of how to write a screen play,
you have overcome one of the biggest obstacles—actually getting started.
You search through your
thoughts what movie scripts you are going to write. Because
the industry relies on organizing scripts through genre, what genre will you write?
Are you thinking Mike
Meyers, Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon and the many other stars who do
well playing comedic roles?
Are you thinking Russell
Crowe, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, and the many other stars who
excel in drama roles?
You have decided on a
western, very well aware that this genre isn’t in today’s most watched
genre as in the past when it was a popular genre. However, according
to the Fadein e-zine for May, 2003,
westerns are back in style and there is a shortage of western
scripts! Also, consider Viggo
Mortensen and his new movie, Hidalgo, which is a
You change your mind
and choose drama. You imagine
Jack Nicholson in a scene and Meryl Streep walks in the room. What will they say? Will
they immediately reveal the conflict? Why did you choose a room and not in a public setting like a
restaurant? What will happen next?
As you make one choice
after another, you might find yourself completing a scene you feel you can
live with, at least for now, until revision time.