YOUR SCRIPT IS MORE LIKELY TO BE PRODUCED if it requires
- fewer than three actors.
- fewer than three locations.
- few specialized period or historical costumes or props.
- minimal visual effects.
- no specific copyrighted properties (e.g., a girl thinks of her boyfriend every time she hears a Beatles song)
- Can you identify potential audiences, competitions, and venues for screening? What are hot topics trending among FilmFreeway festivals?
- Student schedules make it difficult to coordinate crew calendars. Running times under ten minutes better accommodate their available time.
- See your story through the eyes of technique. Have you written a scene that will be especially difficult to light (nighttime exteriors?)? What are the challenges of recording audio in the scenes you’ve written (on the beach? near the highway?)?
- Hold loosely to your story. Chances are that someone other than yourself will be directing. Actors who don’t look as you imagine will deliver lines in ways you haven’t intended.
- It’s possible your script may be produced in a different semester or year by students you haven’t even met. It should be written such that it doesn’t require your explanation in person.
- Writing the scene’s most emotionally intense moment first tends to reduce unnecessary exposition. As a matter of dramatic shape, that moment should probably be 1/2 to 2/3 the way through the story.
- Improve your ear for natural-sounding dialogue by regularly transcribe overheard conversations.