If you are writing a screenplay for ultra-
Conversely, if your script is being written for a religious audience, a theme of questioning authority is probably a bad idea. You probably want a theme about coming together as a community instead.
Rocky didn’t win in the first movie -
Your screenplay’s theme -
District 9 isn’t about aliens being oppressed, it’s about South Africans being oppressed. It’s not about inter-
You probably read stories about the filming of District 9. Many of the man-
District 9 isn’t about aliens -
Whatever theme you choose, it should have something to do with the main plot.
In District 9, the theme of human-
In Rocky, the theme of believing in yourself is tantamount to the entire story. If Rocky doesn’t believe in himself and work his ass off, he’ll never stand a chance.
In Avatar, the theme is environmentalism. It’s about how humans are destroying our own planet, not some far-
Interstellar has the same theme. It’s about how humans have destroyed their world so bad that everyone has to leave.
So, if your theme is about how there’s too much surveillance in our modern world, your story should be about something dystopian or criminal (something where surveillance is meaningful to the story), not about farmers taking livestock
to the fair! Your theme should have some kind of direct connection to your plot or your story. It shouldn’t come out of thin-
Your theme should probably be stated-
You want your hints to be rather subtle though. You never want your audience to feel like they’re getting hit over the head with your message. Some themes can get pretty preachy, pretty fast. So, be careful!
What’s wrong with the world? What would you change? Well, not necessarily your world, but the world of your protagonist?
Well, that’s probably going to be your theme.
Of course, you don’t just have to settle on one theme, you could have multiple. It just gets a bit trickier to write. For simplicity’s sake, beginning screenwriters are probably going to want to settle on a single theme for now.
So now that you’ve got your theme, the message you want to give to the audience, what next?
Well, keep your theme in-
And, of course, as you craft your plot, you want to make sure that your theme is central to it. If your theme is about how racism is bad, you are going to want your plot to involve the negative effects of racism somehow. If your theme is about loving-
Your theme is not something you have to pay significant attention to the entire time you write, but be aware of it.