One final point you need to know to have the best chance to succeed as a professional screenwriter has to do with mixing genres. Open the book and find: If you want to write the most ambitious story possible, and stand above the crowd, you need to know the advanced techniques that only the masters use.
Action Ironman, the Bourne films, the James Bond movies is one of those genres often combined with Myth. But you have to fill two hours and make the audience not only see the love but feel it, want it, and demand that it happen.
This building desire line makes the intricacy of the plot possible because it literally becomes the spine on which the complexity hangs. Myth is a very popular genre, but it can become episodic as the hero meets and defeats a succession of opponents who are strangers to the hero and the audience.
But thrillers can be tricky because you have to create a lot of plot in a small space with just a few characters. Each genre is a contained story world expressed through a contained story form.
Writers will come away with an extremely precise set of tools to work with—specific, useful techniques to make the audience care about their characters, and that make their characters grow in meaningful ways. That means giving your hero a strong weakness and need that he or she must overcome by the end of the story.
You need a complex opponent and as much information hidden from your hero as possible. Again I want to caution writers that this strategy is very risky. This form also has more reveals than any other, and many writers have trouble sequencing these reveals, since they normally occur in reverse chronological order.
Myths show us archetypal characters and life changes that transcend cultures. You are the sorcerer, predicting and imagining the natural and techno forces changing our world right now. The cat-and-mouse struggle between those committing crimes and the cops who fight them will always fascinate the worldwide audience.
But it masks the fact that Science Fiction scripts often fail, because telling a personal, emotionally satisfying story on such an epic scale is very hard.
I know a lot of talented writers, but I know no one who has mastered more than two or three genres. It demystifies the nuts-and-bolts of filmmaking, from developing a project and securing financing to hiring a cast and crew, editing, and getting distribution.
Myth and Action are two genres that rule in the summer months. Action is much harder to execute well than it looks. They are also strategies for storytelling. It will be an indispensable guide to writing your first great script.
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But you have to be careful when choosing one of these forms. Stuck in the swamp of Act Two. Although most of his examples are from movies, such as Tootsie, The Godfather, and Star Wars, Truby also draws from novels and plays, and his advice is applicable not only to the hopeful screenwriter but to the aspiring novelist as well.
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Most importantly, each genre has anywhere from unique story beats that must be in your script or your script will fail. Writers of Love Stories, and particularly Romantic Comedies, are always surprised, and a little chagrined, when I tell them that they have chosen probably the most difficult genre to write well.
Part of exploring your premise line has to do with discovering the deepest thematic question your hero must confront in playing out the drama.
For my taste, his stuff cuts the deepest, and allows you to develop the most detailed structure and outline. It has a plot where surprise must come out of intimacy.
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Action is much harder to execute well than it looks. An opponent who fights the hero and tries to prevent him or her from reaching the goal is another important element that helps determine your genre.
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Crafting a horror screenplay is a unique process that goes beyond just telling a story. The genre is an entity that must tap into the audience’s collective fears in order to offer them that rush they seek when they watch these types of movies. Story and character arcs are great, but in horror.
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