Film Making 101: Pt. 2 – Brainstorming the Script

June 7, 2012 in brainstorming, DIY Filmmaking, Film Crew, Film Making, filmmaking, Make a Movie

We know that we need a good script in order to make a movie. So then how do we take that initial great idea and develop it into a great script? Let’s start by brainstorming! You can do it alone or with a screenwriting partner.

Brainstorming is part of the film making process during which we will freely explore many possible options and story elements that can be utilized to develop the script. First you will narrow down the main concept of your project so that it can be described in a single sentence or phrase. This is not as easy as it sounds, but can be very helpful in making you choose what the story is really going to be about. Next you can do a free-writing exercise and just let the ideas flow from that central concept. This will generate a wealth of raw material that you can pick and choose from in order to shape your project. Don’t be surprised if this leads you to discover new, interesting, and completely unexpected directions!

Next we will focus on structuring our script into a clear beginning, middle, and end, as well as getting it into a standard script format…