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how to write a
screenplay
or tell a better story
By Sajid Peña
First things first.
What’s your IDEA?
It should have a HOOK.
It should be HIGH CONCEPT.
Which means...
It should be
remarkable.
high concept: adj. a story based on a striking and easily
communicable plot or idea
(Oxford English Dictionary)
SOME IDEAS
• A cop who has to kill robots might be a robot himself.
• During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major ...
You need a PLOT
and a STORY.
PLOT
the hero WANTING something
one event causing another
STORY
the hero NEEDING something
revealing the hero’s character
You’ve got your IDEA.
Tell it to me in one line.
Your one-line idea, or LOGLINE, should include or suggest these
three elements:
Someone (the hero) wants something (the
go...
INTERESTING LOGLINES
• An 8-year-old boy, who is accidentally left behind while his family
flies to France for Christmas, ...
If it helps, you can also describe the TONE of your movie
with an “X meets Y”, “X with Y” or “X in Y” one-liner.
Your idea in one
word.
(This is your THEME.)
Okay, you have an idea.
Who’s your hero?
To define your hero, ask:
What does he
WANT? What does
he NEED?
a WANT is external.
a NEED is internal.
One more question.
What is his FLAW?
[What he NEEDS is related to his FLAW.]
You’ve got a hero.
Who’s the adversary?
They might not be your villain.
An adversary embodies the hero’s FLAW.
An adversary forces the hero to face his
FLAW.
Idea? Check.
Hero? Check.
Adversary? Check.
Let’s talk
STRUCTURE.
NEED A HELP?
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR WANT A
PROFESSIONAL HELP WITH YOUR SCRIPT.
PLEASE EMAIL ME AT shadowshooter@outl...
Develop A Story for Screen
Develop A Story for Screen
Develop A Story for Screen
Develop A Story for Screen
Develop A Story for Screen
Develop A Story for Screen
Develop A Story for Screen
Develop A Story for Screen
Develop A Story for Screen
Develop A Story for Screen
Develop A Story for Screen
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Develop A Story for Screen

  1. 1. how to write a screenplay or tell a better story By Sajid Peña
  2. 2. First things first. What’s your IDEA?
  3. 3. It should have a HOOK. It should be HIGH CONCEPT. Which means... It should be remarkable.
  4. 4. high concept: adj. a story based on a striking and easily communicable plot or idea (Oxford English Dictionary)
  5. 5. SOME IDEAS • A cop who has to kill robots might be a robot himself. • During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaurs to run amok. • A suicidal family man is given the opportunity to see what the world would be like if he had never been born. • A guy who complains about God too often is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world. • After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.
  6. 6. You need a PLOT and a STORY.
  7. 7. PLOT the hero WANTING something one event causing another
  8. 8. STORY the hero NEEDING something revealing the hero’s character
  9. 9. You’ve got your IDEA. Tell it to me in one line.
  10. 10. Your one-line idea, or LOGLINE, should include or suggest these three elements: Someone (the hero) wants something (the goal) but is blocked by something (the adversary).
  11. 11. INTERESTING LOGLINES • An 8-year-old boy, who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, has to defend his home against idiotic burglars. • A cowboy toy is profoundly threatened and jealous when a fancy spaceman toy supplants him as top toy in a boy's room. • A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again. • A naive young man battles heartless authorities to protect the life of his girlfriend when it’s revealed that she’s not human— she’s a mermaid.
  12. 12. If it helps, you can also describe the TONE of your movie with an “X meets Y”, “X with Y” or “X in Y” one-liner.
  13. 13. Your idea in one word. (This is your THEME.)
  14. 14. Okay, you have an idea. Who’s your hero?
  15. 15. To define your hero, ask: What does he WANT? What does he NEED?
  16. 16. a WANT is external. a NEED is internal.
  17. 17. One more question.
  18. 18. What is his FLAW? [What he NEEDS is related to his FLAW.]
  19. 19. You’ve got a hero. Who’s the adversary? They might not be your villain.
  20. 20. An adversary embodies the hero’s FLAW. An adversary forces the hero to face his FLAW.
  21. 21. Idea? Check. Hero? Check. Adversary? Check. Let’s talk STRUCTURE.
  22. 22. NEED A HELP? IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR WANT A PROFESSIONAL HELP WITH YOUR SCRIPT. PLEASE EMAIL ME AT shadowshooter@outlook.com

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