Screenwriting: is your story novel?

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One more question that helps you figure out if you're onto a "monster" idea instead of just a goodish one is, "Is it novel?" That's what Stefan Mumaw says in his book, "Chasing the Monster Idea." Of course nothing is totally new. Even the Bible says there's nothing new under the sun, and that was quite a while ago. Generally creativity means the combination of existing … [Read more...]

Screenwriting: what experience do you want the audience to have?

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According to Stefan Mumaw's book, "Chasing the Monster Idea," one of the key questions to ask if you want to find out whether your idea is a "monster" rather than just good (or bad) is, "Does it create an experience?" Which movies you've seen would you call an experience? I'd say "Alien," which made me jump out of my seat when that thing exploded out of poor John Hurt's … [Read more...]

How to give your screenplay emotional intelligence

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"Chasing the Monster Idea" is a book by Stefan Mumaw in which he identifies seven questions that will help you determine whether you have a "monster" idea rather than just a good one (or a bad one). These questions also can help you figure out whether your movie idea is a monster. The first one: Does it evoke an emotional response? People go to movies not just to see … [Read more...]