Writing your Screenplay

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Writing the Script is a lot easier than you think.  It will takes time effort and commitment, but in a few short weeks, you will have your script complete.

Creating a High Quality Story that brings the audience on a journey is the First Step in Making a Film. 

Story is the reason people go to the movies.  They go because they want to escape the world they are currently in and get taken on the journey with empathetic or heroic characters.

It is so important that the Film Maker has a great story to tell.  On each one of our 5 Month Film Courses, the script is worked on in detail using our Story Creation Process.  

This process creates a compelling story.  Till the story is created and locked down, no-one is allowed to write the screenplay. The story must be fully fleshed out and created. 

This is a mistake that many people make when they are learning film making.  They spend very little time on the story and rush a screenplay that is average.  Their focus is production and they rush headstrong into a shoot with a weak story and script.  This is a huge mistake.

Story is the soul and foundation of the film.  If it is wobbly, the whole film collapses into mediocrity or at worst, a stinker.

It pays dramatically to create a great story and one always needs to know how. One of the big issues with many films out there is that they seem more like a Talk Fest. Audiences want a story to move. 

It is, after all, a  movie and there needs to be a journey with a roller coaster story with events that totally engages the audience. Create a great story with high stakes that engrosses your audience with heroic or flawed characters.

Stories about flawed characters who go on a journey are fascinating too. They will need to grow via the tribulations and setbacks of the Story. 

Think ‘Breaking Bad’ and the journey of the very flawed Walter White. He transforms from geeky chemistry teacher to Head Boss of his own Drug Cartel. Eventually karma catches up and he is destroyed. It is a fascinating story with so many twists and turns.

Story is the bedrock of the final film, so make sure you work on the creation of the story to the best of your ability.

In very simplistic terms, a character should have a strong high stakes objective that is exceptionally difficult to achieve.  With many challenges and difficulties and always the unexpected, the hero goes on the journey.  Against impossible odds the hero either wins outright at the end or something better or more bitter sweet happens.

The above is a simplistic summary of how story works. 
If you need to learn the Story Creation Process in detail, check out  the Flagship Five Month Online Course

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Colm O'Murchu - Host

Colm O’Murchu is a passionate Indie Filmmaker and owner of the production company, International Film Base. He has directed and produced three successfully released feature films worldwide and one documentary.  

His most recent film Tabernacle 101 has been released in 2019 in the US and will be released in Australia in late 2020 premiering at the Sci Fi Film Festival. He is currently in development on his next feature film Absolute Freedom, an action adventure film set in the outback.

He has spoken at Indie Film Seminars all over the world and created online and offline film courses 

 He lives in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia and loves the outdoors and the mountains.

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