Screenplay Structure: Studio vs Indie

The common conceptions regarding good films

A very common question of all writers and readers is that whether financial viability equates to creative bankruptcy? Well, let’s first understand this question to know what exactly it means. Often writers produce amazing screenplay structures which are full of action and have all the elements. They are even destined to do great at the box office. However, something that can sell tickets, will lack in terms of creativity. Often to sell a story, creators shift their focus from being unique to something clichéd, only because it will do great at the box office.

Good movies are basically good craft. Studio films often perform better because they use a certain framework which is good storytelling. The most effective stories are repeated, following the same mechanics. It’s all about invoking the right emotions that sell the storyline. There is a proper way in which this works. Writers need to opt for a scientific approach to woo the audience members. To some extent, stories are somewhat the reflection of life. It’s not appropriate to say that studio films lack integrity, the audience itself proves how creative a script outline is.

Is every box office hit movie necessarily good?

Not all high-selling box office breaking scripts are good. Every film gets criticism to a certain extent, no matter how perfect or mature it might be. Movie writing is a complex art. Unlike songs that sell only one emotion, a film needs to deal with multiple things. For a movie, writers need selling music tracks, good meaning, and strong emotions. From acting to cinematography to pictures and various design teams, movies have loads of elements that need to be balanced. Only when all elements come together properly, writers can create a cohesive movie.

It might be easy to criticize a film but difficult to make one. Hardly anyone ever criticizes a painting, rather most people vaguely judge it and pass it on. Exceptions are everywhere and likewise in the movie world, there are certain films that don’t meet viewer’s standards. Such movies might improvise on depth to make more money by focusing on factors like sound and depiction. Yet most individuals amongst the viewers prefer a good concept movie. Something that provides entertainment value and meaning will always have more weightage.

Once again do focus on the fact that writers do not need to create a story that transforms lives. A simple entertaining script would do just fine. Like Quentin Tarantino’s movies were a hit and people flooded the cinemas to have a good day. Some superhero-themed blockbusters might not be really creative but they bring joy to the audience. That is what matters the most.

The audience reacts as the movie script unfolds

In a huge pile of films, a movie following filming mechanics surely has a certain edge. But most importantly a story that can be understood by the people is what will be a success in the future. Scripts that can explain the character development and other specs with ease are more welcomed. There are a million ways to explain the same story or a million ways to tell different stories. The combination of mechanics is what the audience will respond to. Once a writer is writing at an instinctual level, realizing the plot points within the narrative won’t be a difficult job. The entire story would go in a flow. From describing a hero’s journey to tackling all the little issues, everything becomes effortless. And the audience will also perceive it positively as they can see the truth behind the story.

A piece of writing which either provides entertainment or helps extrapolate some kind of meaning will do wonders. Frowning on those writers who only wish to make entertaining movies is wrong. Try to appreciate all genres because some people sacrifice nothing for entertainment value. Getting a movie financed is easier once your script has an entertainment factor.

Can entertainment and meaningful films co-exist?

Sometimes all the mechanics are met, the character development is spot on, everything is solid. However, one decision to make is that whether to make a meaningful film or provide enjoyment for the audience. It is possible to have both at the same time. Still in many places, one needs to make the choice. Baby money is the perfect example of an entertainment-packed film. It could have been entirely different had the writer chosen the other angle. Some individuals find meaning in it because the perspective of each viewer is different.

Overall the central gear of a script is its mechanics. The writer who gets the mechanics can write a superb script. The goals, structure, and themes should be right. Once these things fall in place, the whole meaning becomes clear. After all, meaning comes from the journey. Surely the meaning of something for a teenager will differ from that of a 60-year-old man. When someone needs to decide upon reaching the fork in a road, decide wisely. This decision will affect the future of the film and the writer.

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