I’ve had an idea in my head for a specific type of movie for a while. It’s a short that I’ve been dying to write but I could never get over the hump. I could never reach the point where I was happy enough with the story. I was reluctant to write the script.
Sometimes, stories hang out in the back of your mind, waiting for the right element to fall into place. Some linger longer than others but a few weeks ago, I finally realized what my story needed to make it to the next level.
I changed the setting.
The new script is drama with science fiction elements about a loner with peculiar social issues. That story could take place in basically any time or place. For the longest time, I set my story in the present with references to some of the technology available today. It made sense but I hesitated to write it. You have to be excited about a story if you’re going to create a screenplay that does it any justice.
You can’t write a quality screenplay if you don’t believe in the story.
I got excited the second I decided to set the movie in 1994. Why 94? You’ll have to wait and see but suddenly, I was able to insert references to some memories from my own childhood about the way things were back then. Now the script has a unique setting and a heartfelt story I can get attached to.
Work on the screenplay began quickly and now I’m just trying to find enough free time to get it done.
If you’ve never tried it, take a story you want to write and think of the most random location or time to base the tale around. It changes things a lot. It may not work but it will tell you something about your characters. Instantly you will start thinking about how they would react in each given situation.
When you can think like that, your script is in good shape.