Need a Film Idea? Look At Yourself

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Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent, Mike Mills and Ewan McGregor of Beginners. Image by Getty Images via @daylife

I always encourage young filmmakers to avoid a lot of film making courses and  just start making films as the fastest way to learn.

The problem is they never know what to make the film about. Then they typically attempt to do a slight variation on the latest science fiction or action adventure epic they saw at the mutiplex.

Of course without a gazillion dollar budget the results are lame and no one but their mother is willing to watch it all the way through. Time for a lesson in storytelling.

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Screenplay Story Ideas Source – Family Reunions

Screenplay Story Ideas

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A lot of great movies, especially comedies, are based on family reunions: Thanksgiving and Christmas are the most common.

I’m Surrounded by Screenplay Story Ideas

I haven’t been posting lately because I’m at a family get together in the Boston area and I’m realizing what a rich source of screenplay story ideas these evens can be. This is my wife’s family and it isn’t any more dysfunctional than the average family but there are still a ton of possible screenplay story ideas here. [Read more…]

Beware of Film Story Idea Paranoia

Film Story Idea Paranoia
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You woke up this morning with the most incredible film story idea. An idea so great you don’t even dare tell your best friend, much less your significant other. This is the idea that will make your fortune.

You aren’t the only person who has had this experience. Your idea really may be as good as you imagine but, unfortunately, a predictable series of things happen. [Read more…]