“So what is this movie most like?” — and we proceed to take the next step everyone in Hollywood takes when writing a screenplay. We cheat. That’s right. You heard me. We look at every single movie that our story bears any resemblance to and see how other writers did it. We learn what they did right, what they did wrong, and how our script MUST be a big step forward in the evolution of the genre in which we are working. And frankly, to do otherwise
Note: great note here regarding referencing of movies
Usually if I am working with a partner we’ll divvy up the film-watching assignments. I’ll take two or three, she’ll take two or three, and we’ll “screen” them with a timer and a yellow pad to mark down where each “beat” of the story takes place.
Note: wow thats intense work
We open up the back of the Swiss watch and take a look at how the mainspring and gears of each movie are put together. We acquaint ourselves with the requirements of the tale we’re trying to tell and see if we must use certain conventions or if we can throw them away and create new ones.
Note: wow
It will reveal how other screenwriters who came before you tackled the same challenges you are facing with the film you want to write — or the one you are currently working on. And to use this book, all you need is a good idea to get started. Right now. Today.
Note: great