Make It Make Sense
I know as one of the millions of undiscovered amazingly talented filmmakers I have no stand out advice, but hey I know some things!
This probably short post will be about scripts and what to make sure of before saying it is finished. This is from experience, by the way. I spent years thinking on a story. I spent 5 days writing the script. I then spent 2 years thinking that it was perfect and ready to film. I had people read it and critique it, but with one mistake. I let my friends and fans read it. Every one of them said that it was amazing and show be made right away. WRONG!
I finally met someone who had a passion for the same things I did. After getting to the point where we were talking about my script I had her read it. In 5 minutes she ripped my script to SHREDS!!! It was horrible and glorious at the same time. It was a devil’s advocate visit from 3 stage hell and it was the best thing that ever happened to me! After filling in enough plot holes to make a whole new story my script became truly great.
So the lessons from this is
1. DON’T have nice friends read your script.
2. When you re-read it, try not to get to excited about the project being done and read it as critically as possible.
3. As how whatever situation is happening makes sense in the story as a whole.
4. This is the most important. Make you initial plans make sense in the first place. It makes life easier and the reviewing clean-up less hectic.