Before you start writing your screenplay, you’ll need to think about your genre.
In film, a genre is basically just a category. It’s what type of film you are: comedy, drama, romance, science-
Each genre has its own conventions.
What type of movie are you writing? What category or genre is your film going to be placed into by Netflix or the other streaming companies? Is it a drama? Comedy? Anime? Slasher flick? Indie? Western?
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Your work doesn’t end at the page. You’ve got lots of other things to consider. Namely, what happens on-
For instance, think about your favorite romantic-
Without knowing which film you just chose, allow me to describe it:
That’s not to say you shouldn’t work to subvert your genre. Giving audiences something new and different is always a good sell. New and different sticks in people’s minds. They tell their friends about new and different.
But, don’t get that confused with something actually new and different. Think of it more like a slightly new flavor of the same old thing. That’s exactly what Hollywood wants. Something completely familiar -
Exactly the same thing, only different. If you can figure out what that is, you’ll make billions.
When you buy a ticket for a romantic-
When you’ve decided what your genre is going to be -
Then, give the audience all of that -
But, always give them what they are expecting. Respect the ‘rules’ of your genre. Or, at least, don’t break the rules until you understand why they are there in the first place. When people pay to see an action film, they want to see action. Give them what they want.