Film analysis: Conceptualizing a screenplay

One of the most difficult issues when writing a screenplay is looking at the idea with a third eye. Many scriptwriters who have just started work need a third person to read their screenplay or evaluate their opinion because they fail to do so. But who can read your screenplay and evaluate it in a proper way? Such people are not usually around us, and professional screenplay consultants do nothing but demand high fees and give everyone standardized similar prescriptions. Best of all, let’s do ourselves. In this chapter, we will talk about film analysis and conceptualizing a screenplay, which will be very useful for you to look at your project with a third. We will help you analyze and explain your screenplay to yourself with a few practical information we will provide.

We will perform the conceptualizing screenplay under 8 titles. All you have to do is provide persuasive answers to the questions presented for each title. First, a one-sentence answer will suffice, then you can extend as you wish. A text you create from these answers will be a concept of your screenplay.

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Alfred Hitchcock

Film analysis

1. Subject

What is the subject you want to focus on? What is the part of the reality you observe or the world you dream of, which you especially choose and want to concentrate on?

2. Point of view

What is your analytical and critical position or comment on the subject you set?

3. Theme

While your screenplay tells a specific story originating from a certain time and place, it should certainly address an inclusive social issue or a universal humanitarian concern. Identify the theme or thematic line underlying your perspective on the subject you choose. Indicate the theme with a few keywords.

4. Tone

What would you like the audience to feel? Describe the progress of the mood of the story and the emotional tone that dominates the film.

5. Characters

Describe the main characters and explain why you find them particularly interesting. What does make them so special or unique?

6. Place

Describe the world/place where the movie will set. Explain the importance of the environment in which actions take place and how places will contribute to adding meaning to the scenes.

7. Dramatic elements

What are the main dramatic situations and internal/external conflicts you want viewers to consider? Identify any internal tension or conflict dynamics that can be implied in the issues, actions, environments, and events.

8. Dramatic structure

The dramatic structure determines how narratives will emerge dramatically over the duration of the film. Summarize a plan for the narrative structure of the movie based on how the audience will experience the events. Determine the beginning, key moments and ending. Identify at least five major events or scenes from the beginning to the end.

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