In taking the steps toward writing my screenplay, and thus attempting to sell it before my girlfriend sells one of hers, I began where I would with anything new. I asked my best friend. Google. I asked my friend Google, â€˜how to write a screenplayâ€™ and it replied with the following link: http://www.screenwriting.info/ Perfect. The main page of this site gives me a 22-item table of contents that is â€œthis basic information will give you a head start on your endeavors, including practical information to help you get your scripts read. And hopefully turned into movies.â€ Yes, sign me up for that please, sir.
The first item in the table of contents explains to me what exactly a screenplay is. (Scary that someone would want to write a screenplay but have no concept of what one actually is.) Then, the basic hollywood formula is explained. Loosely it is thisâ€¦ Great heroes and heroines and great villians that â€œmake us want to jump into the screen!â€ Then there is something at stake that MUST be acquired, which of course leads to CONFLICT. To tie it all up together in pretty packaging you need a hook, which they say is termed â€˜high concept.â€™ I think this translates as something would be of high interest to the general populous â€“ like reality TV. So, the formula I need to emulate is this: SEXY HEROES AFTER SOMETHING REGARDLESS OF THE RISK + DASTARDLY VILLIAN THAT CREATES AN OBSTACLE TO THE THING THE HEROES ARE AFTER = CONFLICT -> HIGH CONCEPT HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER
Bonus points if there is an additional obstacle which is emotional, such as an â€˜inner demonâ€™ that the hero will conquer by the end of the movie.