Movie Play, Script Writing Community
Movie Play is simple to understand: you can create a page for a movie script and then the internet community can write things to that script.
Start directly: You have an idea for a movie: To create a community page for your movie idea write a "working title" for your script into the search field, then search, a page will tell you that the page you searched does not exist of course, then click create page, read the text that appears. enter your idea and don't forget to save.
Movie Play is script writing on movie scripts where everybody can write something. By submitting an idea you admit that everybody can use it in every form. You are welcome as an author: Click Edit in the top right corner of any script and contribute your ideas. If you want to work more with this site read: How to use Movie Play. Keep copies of what you write also on your computer.
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After saving whatever you wrote you will be asked to type "go" into a text field as a captcha and then save again. You give your ideas completely to the scriptwriters community here. In turn: Every script idea you see on this page is yours to use in any way and also sell the product you make from it.
How to write a movie script
Movie script writing
This is an article about learning script writing. This is an article about how to write a good movie script. This is also about theater, film or tv script writing. And these principles of "story" also very well apply to books or novels. To write a great movie or novel you should know these principles. We will follow my own method of movie script writing that I developed over many years. It gives you a good idea of writing a great or exellent movie, film, theatrical play or tv film or episode. All movies are written with the knowledge of such principles and rules of script writing. So for writing a really good movie script you need to understand the rules first.
Movie script that "works"
In movie script writing theory there is the expression: a script "works". That means that the film script catches the viewers attention. If you see the beginning you want to see the end of it, that means a movie script works. The same rules to make a movie script work also apply to a theatrical play, a film script, a book or novel or a tv script.
Despite from all art you can do into a movie script at first you have to make shure that it works. That the script works is really one of the most important aspects of script writing or books / novels.
So now we will speak about making a movie script that works. And then you can put more "art" into it.
The graphical elements
I have long time worked on a theory of script writing that uses graphical elements. Actually it is meant for a board game I am developing in which you tell stories. So from my board game "Mythos" I now introduce you just into the part that is about making the story work.
So from the things I list now you can build a working script.
A land. This is the world of the movie. The Place the Bad Guy wants to govern / rule and the Good Guy wants to defend. So you can say Good Guy and Bad Guy both want to govern this world.
Good Guy or Hero. Always the only one who has the ability to save the world from the rule of the Bad Guy.
The Bad Guy, he or she wants to rule the world of the Story because this brings him or her advantages
A tool or weapon. This can be a lightsaber, an army, or a fine starship like for example the enterprise. Any "tool" that the Hero can use
A Power. This is something that somebody can do. This can be the art of Kung Fu or any special ability one can be good at. Actually those powers tendentially should be having an impact on how the story is fought out. Just a few powers are usually used as character building.
To simplify the model a Power in this case also stands for an ability that comes from simple knowledge for example: knowing where something or somebody is in order to go there.
Abilities should be practiced by the character and then used and often in the end become really understood. Or the necessary prerequisits should be achieved or knowledge gathered and then used.
Now often there are magic tools or powers. For example "the force" in Star Wars is a power that gives you the ability to move objects without touching them. This is in a way a magical force. And you could say that the lightsaber in Star Wars is a magical weapon bacause only special people can really handle it and then it is the most powerful handweapon in the universe. So sometimes tools or forces are "magical". Think of an enchanted sword or superhuman powers.
A magical tool or weapon
A magical ability.
Ideology. An Ideology is a way to see something, a philosophy. Like being against racism.
The anti Ideologie is in this case the evil opposite of an Ideology. If the Ideology is being against racism then the anti Ideology is being racist. If the Ideologie is that all people should be free, then the anti Ideologie is that some people can be enslaved, or somehow be unfree.
Having advantages from the land. The Bad Guy profits somehow from the land if he or she governs it.
Trust. This is the ability to be able to trust that you can use a Tool or a Power. Remember in Star Wars 1 The teacher of the Good Guy appears as a "Ghost" and tells him that he must have trust in his ability to use his "magic force". Also in The Matrix the Hero first succeeds at the point where he has build up enough trust to use his "magical" abilities. In Back to the Future 1 The Hero first succeeds with his mission after he has found the trust that he can play guitar well enough to give a concert in his shool. In Star Trek 6 Kirk can first attack the Bad Guy after he has build up enough trust that the idea not to hate other alien races is the right attitude.
A Place. Going to a Place. Sometimes the going to a Place has also to be at the right time. but most times it is just getting somewhere.
Those are the factors that you need for a great movie script to make it work. You do not always need all of them. But focus on these factors.
Building the movie script
The Hero must proove himself one time in three categories. Getting the necessary tools and abilities to win. Having trust in the ability to use one of these "tools". And he or she must succeed in going to a place.
First things that you must have for a working film, tv or theater script or a book, a novel.
You have a World of the movie or a Place, that is the place that The Good Guy and the Bad Guy want to govern or rule. It can just be the real world. You have a Good Guy and a Bad Guy. The Good Guy or Hero is always the only one who can stop the Bad Guy from governing the world. The Bad Guy must not really attemt to "rule the world". He just has to try to have power in the world that gives him advantages but brings something bad for good people. In Lethal Weapon 1 two cops want to stop a Bad Guy who wants to build up a big drug delivering company. So to be able to hold up this drug delivering company in this case means "to rule the world". It is to rule the drug world, and if the two cops win then the Bad Guy can not sell drugs. So in this case the "World" of the movie is the "City in relation to drug selling". The Red Arrow indicates the advantage the Bad Guy has from governing the world. You need to talk about this advantage in your movie.
Introduce these things quite early in the movie because from there the viewer can hope for things to happen or other things to be avoided.
The Ideology of the Hero
Next thing you absolutely need is the Ideology of the Hero. The Hero must be absolutely convinced that it is necessary to prevent the Bad Guy from governing the world. And this Ideology of the Good Guy must be in conformity with what is generally accepted as something that is good, wise and reasonable.
The Land which is protected must also live by this good and reasonable Ideology. So the Hero protects the Land and the Ideology. The Hero can come from a bad Ideology to the good Ideology over the course of the movie and so learn during the film that it is necessary to stop the Bad Guy from governing the world. Important to make the movie script work is that at the end the Hero has the right Ideology. Also important is that the saved World in the end has the right Ideology. So in movie scripts where the Hero learns and his Ideology develops from bad Ideology to good Ideology often in the end the good Ideology is transfered from the Hero to everybody else in the Land. Important is at the end both Hero and Land must have the good Ideology.
The Ideology of the Land is shown in the image as two little opposing Ideologies beside the Land, a good Ideology to the left and a bad Ideology (blue) to the right.
The Bad Guy attacks
The Bad Guy now has to work on getting all the things that he needs to attack the Good Guy who is the only one who is strong enough to make the plan of the Bad Guy fail. Destroying the Good Guy so would make sure that the Bad Guy can govern the Land. The Bad Guy attacks either the Good Guy, or one of the "tools" the Good Guy needs to stop the Bad Guy. The Grey Arrow shows that the Bad Guy can attack the Good Guy during the whole movie, but first if he has all things together that he needs he can use the Black Arrow in the middle which promises a definite win for the Bad Guy. The things that the Bad Guy needs for this definite winning strike often include a Place the Bad Guy has to go to. The Bad Guy can possess some of the "tools" already at the beginning of the story, but for some things he still must work to get them over the course of the movie script or novel.
The Good Guy attacks
The Good Guy also has a possibility to destroy the Bad Guy or to destroy one of the "tools" the Bad Guy needs for destroying him or his "tools". The White Arrow in the middle defines a definite win for the Good Guy that is possible if he or she has all "tools" together. In most cases these "tools" include a Place where the Good Guy must come to.
The Trust of the hero in him or herself
The Green Arrows now are Trust as the third thing the Hero has to succeed in. Besides gathering his "tools" and coming to a certain place also the Good Guy must at some point have a problem to trust in his ability to use one of his Tools or Abilities and he must get this trusting in his ability to use one of his Tools or Abilities. Also the lack of trust that must become trust can be about his Ideology. So at some point the Good Guy must win or win back the trust to being able to use one of his Tools or Abilities or win or win back trust that his Ideology is really a good thing. Most times the Ideologie or the trust in the capability to use their Tools and Abilities comes from the Hero to the Land at the end of the movie and the people of the land either treasure the Ideologie then or also start to trust in the capability to use their Tools and Abilities. For this to become clear it can be a good idea to show that in the beginning the people of the Land do not trust in ther capabilities or the Ideologie. Also it can be good to show how the Hero in the beginning has a problem to trust in him or herself or has a problem to believe in the Ideologie. It can be useful to have a few Characters who already believe in the capabilities or the Ideologie at the beginning of the movie as role models.
That is a working movie, film or theater script. If you make shure that these things are there in your script then it will be working. The viewer or reader will want to read the script to the end or watch the movie or play to the end. If you have the feeling that something about your movie script is not good somehow you should check the features given here and see if some might be missing in your script. Of course the Good Guy does not need a Tool and a special Ability. The hero definitly needs a good Ideology. The rest is actually up to you. If the Hero already has a good Ideology then he or she should achieve something before he can destroy the Bad Guy or his "tools" but this will actually not be necessary to make the script or book work.
One more thing: note that in Back to the Future 1 the Hero has two problems. He must return to the future and he must bring his parents together again. For that he has to believe in himself that he can be a musician and play in his school which he doubts at the very beginning already. Also his father has to be convinced to trust in himself. The whole familie his "world" has to learn that they have to trust in themselves. When in the end he arrives home his brother, sister and mom have learned to trust in themselves and with this reach their goals. He learns it and teaches this Trust/Ideology to everybody in his family, so to say to the World of the Movie. And we see another example of dramaturgy in this movie. The Hero has only one chance at a certain time to catch the lightning and if that chance is missed he fails. So in this movie the Hero has to defeat the Bad Guy by having him fought off and has to get his parents united and has to catch that moment in time. So in this movie we experience a complex buildup of things that need to be achieved. The buildup being centered around believing in himself, teaching self believe and reaching a certain place at the right time.