Every good narrative film starts with taking the time to get the script right.
We begin by asking ourselves whether a story is even worth telling. It has to get us excited while we read or write it. We need to connect with the characters; they need to be people worth getting to know for however long they are on screen. We don’t have to like them, but we do have to find them interesting.
We take a structured approach similar to the methodology of many feature film industry scriptwriters and movie production companies. First, we need to be able to pitch the story in a line, encapsulate the story in a paragraph, then convey it in a synopsis followed by a fleshed out treatment (think short story format). We then break down the scenes and key actions in a detailed scene breakdown, all before any dialogue is written. Lastly we draft the script and rewrite until it’s shoot ready.
We find this methodology very conducive to collaboration because our clients have to be satisfied with the direction we are taking at each stage of development before we move on to the next. It ensures everyone is clear on story structure and flow, each plot point, the characters their motives and characteristics, and the overarching style and tone before dialogue starts being written.