Got a new idea that's going to blow yours cocks off.
Not going to tell you though.
Post your ideas and screenplays! Let's work together to make it.
I suffer from a lack of getting started.
I always get hung up on
I just don't know what the fuck to write about. Everything I try to come up with on my own, is just a fucking rip off of something else...
Then I start fucking even harder by contemplating "history reworked into a fiction".
Fuck man, it's so hard.
When I was a younger man, I could just take a walk outside and ideas would flood my brian, now I can't create anything that isn't a self-serving narcissistic self-insert where the main character is this rapey handsome protagonist whom women can't resist to resist.
Alright then, let's get this shit moving since no one likes /fmg/ anymore.
Coming back to a silent action script I left unfinished a while ago. Gonna try and work out the bugs so I can actually shoot a short for once.
>now I can't create anything that isn't a self-serving narcissistic self-insert where the main character is this rapey handsome protagonist whom women can't resist to resist.
the great artists steal
planning to make a short 10 min film
want it to do something with coming to age
the protagonist comes from a religious family who hates god
takes place during the grunge movement so early 90's
Ok guys, since i like ya I'll let you in on some of my "theories" to script writing.
How many times do you notice that movies often feature guns as the single most important object that brings about climaxes, deaths, thrills, etc.
Guns are almost always a thing in every movie out there--it just werks.
Everytime I try thinking up a screenplay with a gun, it turns into bourne identity or badlands (both great movies, but they've been done to death already).
A group of Scream/The Strangers/You're Next-tier home invaders accidentally attack an alien sleeper cell disguised as a human family. The aliens misinterpret the attack as a government uncovering them and attempt to call in a mass invasion from their home world. It's up to our anti-heroes to stop them.
Here's a script idea for anyone bold enough to go with it.
Oscar bait out the ass.
>MC is a little Arabic girl around 12 or 13
>Living normal life with her family
>Doesn't have to wear a Hijab since her family is a little more progressive
>ISIS-esque group begins gaining power
>Takes shit down
>The MC's family goes into hiding from the group
>Spend a year or two in hiding
>They're fucking found
>ISIS-esque kills everyone except for the little girl and her older sister
>They're kept to be sex slaves
>Cut to 8 months later
>The girls look like shit
>End up dying from dehydration
>Anne Frank in the Middle East.
What if Terrence Malick made a horror movie? My idea.
A young man in the early 60s robs a few dive bars with an ex-hooker, then she knocks him out cold and leaves him for a truck driver. Think True Romance/Badlands
He washes up in a town looking for her, and starts drinking paint thinner mixed with gasoline, and sells it as high proof alcohol. The strange local gang/cult takes notice and and he begins working with them. Think the Master
He starts to take part in their rituals involving psychedelic drugs and fire, praying to the sun and dancing under the stars, as well as extreme violence and human sacrifice. By this point he can barely even remember his girlfriend, just the rage she left in him. It's suggested she might be in charge of all of the chaos his cult has committed, that she is secretly a transvestite, but really that she is secretly an alien.
And then it ends with him watching one of his fellow gang members having a Viking funeral. As he watches the boat burn on the ocean, he hallucinates the future. He sees the Vietnam War, and recognizes his inevitable future of burning civilians to death with napalm. It ends with him laughing maniacally into the ocean sunrise.
I think I'm gonna call it "the Long Slow Burn".
Do movies that don't have a target audience in mind ever get made?
Like you know what I mean right?
There are so many gay marketing strategies that go into movies now, it almost always ruins them.
I found myself rewatching A History of Violence....
I didn't even know it was directed by Cronenberg, but damn it's good.
It has an OST that brings you back to those super well produced 90s films that made you feel nostalgia by the end of the film...
Currently going through some character design. Creating inward and outward opposition for my character. Chomping at the bit, to get into some writing, but really fighting it as i'm under prepared.
Whenever I'm writing something I struggle like fuck for the characters and setting, but the character part isn't super hard for me...but maybe that's perhaps I never gotten as far as developing a complicated character...
The best part is, you DO know a lot about writing because you've seen many films before.
You know you got a main character, a bad guy, a beginning, middle, end, and around the 70-90% part of the film, you have your most exciting moment.
I suggest you write something just knowing that before learning any theory. Write a total fuckign piece of shit, have people tell you it's shit, then start to learn theory and techniques and why they work so well.
If you mean, exact formatting and how a screenplay even looks, then you learn by 1) reading screenplays, 2) using software which automatically shows you and 3) reading books or google to format.
Don't listen to this guy--"film theory" kills films by making them formulaic.
what you gotta do is watch the films you love and reverse engineer why you think they are so great--what is is about the specifically that make you go back and watch them again and again.
The pacing, the audio, the cinematography, etc.
What's the story here? Is it mostly about hiding and avoiding detection? Where is the drama? I sense it is in "Family shit," but that seems like the whole movie and you don't explain any of it.
The basics of storytelling aren't all that difficult to grap. Create a character (whose story is it?), introduce a change in that character's life that gives reason for the plot of the story to exist, and then create adversities/obstacles which the character must overcome in order to reach his or her goal, and thus complete his or her character arc. It really is that simple.
The biggest problem young writers face, and the reason why a lot of them get stuck, give up and fail, is because they have poor knowledge about the subject matter they are writing. Their characters end up being carbon copies of cliches they've seen on tv/movies, and the stories are equally as dull and devoid of personality.
The best advice I can give to someone who, as you put it, knows "literally NOTHING about writing and story telling", is to begin with a character and story that you personally know a lot about, and if you don't know much about anything than begin to research about things that interest you personally. You should intimately get to know the subject matter you plan to write about.
>The biggest problem young writers face, and the reason why a lot of them get stuck, give up and fail, is because they have poor knowledge about the subject matter they are writing. Their characters end up being carbon copies of cliches they've seen on tv/movies, and the stories are equally as dull and devoid of personality.
Are you kidding? Have you ever seen spielberg's movies? All his characters are exactly what you described.
I doubt it could get produced in the US, but movies like "The Witch" give me hope. Essentially it would have to be advertised as something it's not. There's a lot more dark comedy than I put in the summary, the trailers could make it seem much lighter, but still dark and violent, again, like Badlands and True Romance.
What even is there to write about anymore--that's low budget? Like fucken think about it.
Society is so dead and there isn't really anything to draw from the real world...
What do people even make movies about anymore? Wallstreet slime balls? Silicon valley dip shits? "Le secret narcho cia bad cop"?
Blech! Why did movies used to be so much better, and how come we have less cool shit to draw from?
What do you mean less to draw from? We live in an age of terrorist paranoia, ISIS, woman finally standing up for themselves, trannies finally standing up for themselves, babies born with smart phones, fucking everyting.
I keep seeing every plot I think of and break it down to its most cliche basic form whilst thinking of similar movies. This, in turn, puts me off on all my actual plot ideas... I love brainstorming characters, settings, and basic premises.
I might but I figure there would be issues appropriating that story.
Don't forget, technically her diary is owned by Jews.
Besides, I've got other things going on.
That's why I decided to throw it out there.
I had an ancient history teacher tell me that the ancient greeks figured out that there are practically only 5 different types of stories or some shit like that...
Wish she explained it when she mentioned it.
But archetypes are a thing though.
writing often won't necessarily get anyone anywhere. developing an idea and reaching a goal is how you get better. you could write "often", produce complete drivel, and still be no better a writer than you were when you first started. most of the improvement does not happen on the page but in your head.