Won my 1st feature assignment (as opposed to a pitch or spec sale). Here’s how I did it: My 1st 4 questions to plan a drama pilot story 👇🏽work for film drama, too. Studio brought me the subject (Q1). I did some research. Pitched answers to Q2-4, the ♥️, structure, relevance.
We also discussed the TONE. What I’m describing above is known as the “take.” When producers ask for a take on material, I think the above is really what they’re asking for.
With a pitch, you’d also need to frame it with why you are “the one” to write this, this way. W an assignment they already have a sense bc they’re coming to you. But it won’t hurt to drop in a few reasons why the story resonates w you personally to build yr case.
I didn't go to film school. One thing that's hard for me as a writer, is every time I write, i feel like I'm still figuring out my process. So I watched myself during this last script and took notes on what I do. The big headline
for me was realizing writing is, at a basic level, answering a series of questions you ask yourself. The first four are: 1. What is the story? This is about character and plot. 2. How will I tell the story? This is about genre, structure and point of view
The next two: 3. Why will we care? This is about the protagonist 4. Why do I need to tell these stories now? This is about theme, irony, relevance