How to make your screenplay original.

October 21st, 2011 by Ron
The Script Blogger
How to make your screenplay original. 

It is almost impossible to think of something that is completely fresh and outstandingly original in a screenplay except in two areas, the characters and the dialogue. 

Almost every scenario of every combination of a concept has been played out in a bar in some part of the universe at sometime in the past. 

 What gives a visual presentation a truly lasting impact is not the action or even the special effects; it is the characterization of a character and what they say that can create a unique and memorable image.

As a screenwriter creating an original concept and storyline for a screenplay can be really difficult but being original with the characters and their dialogue is not as difficult if you as the writer draw on your memory of all the people you have met in your lifetime.

It is worth remembering the phase, “There is none so queer as folk.”

In a movie the portal of a character is what many people remember long after the images of the explosions, high-speed car chases and body mutilations have faded into oblivion.

Characters such as Melvin Udall, Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding, Miranda Priestly, Harry Lime, Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead and even King George VI are all memorable because of their unique character and dialogue.

It is worth recognizing that before someone approached an actor to bring those characters to the screen a writer had created the persona on paper.

Where would the movies, such as “As Good as it Gets”, “The Shawshank Redemption”, “The Devil Wears Prada”, The Third Man”, “Zulu” and “The King’s Speech” be, without the performances of Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Meryl Streep, Orson Welles, Michael Caine and Colin Firth?

Even Darth Vader stood out amidst the magic of Star Wars as a memorable character and who can forget Anthony Hopkins as Doctor Hannibal Lecter; but all of these great characters were at one time just ink on a page.

It is also worth recognizing that the memorable lines those characters are remembered for, was also just ink on a page, at one time.

Making your characters different in mannerisms and speech can lift your screenplay from an ‘also ran’ to a memorable winning project.

5 responses to “How to make your screenplay original.”

  1. Reuben Luppino says:

    Anthony hopkins is still one of the best actors these days eventhough he is very old. ”

  2. FilmVerse says:

    When you develop interesting characters who are driven by their own desires and decisions, the story can’t help but be fleshed out by their choices. Even if you have a concept that’s been done many times, the actual plot will be original if you allow the characters to drive the story rather than have plot contrivances force the characters to react.

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  4. Peter P. says:

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  5. jasmine says:

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