King Arthur has just cut the Black Knight's last leg off.
All right, we'll call it a draw.
(preparing to leave)
King Arthur and Patsy ride off.
(calling after King Arthur)
Oh, oh, I see! Running away, eh? You yellow bastards! Come back
here and take what's coming to you! I'll bite your legs off!
If you come any closer, I will rip you to shreds.
Who are you?
I am G'mork. And you, whoever you are, can have the honor of being my last victim.
I will not die easily. I am a warrior!
Ha! Brave warrior, then fight the Nothing.
But I can't! I can't get beyond the boundaries of Fantasia!
G'mork laughs and Atreyu gets angry.
What's so funny about that?
Fantasia has no boundaries.
That's not true! You're lying.
Foolish boy. Don't you know anything about Fantasia? It's the world of human fantasy. Every part, every creature of it, is a piece of the dreams and hopes of mankind. Therefore, it has no boundaries.
But why is Fantasia dying, then?
Because people have begun to lose their hopes and forget their dreams. So the Nothing grows stronger.
What is the Nothing?
It's the emptiness that's left. It's like a despair, destroying this world. And I have been trying to help it.
Because people who have no hopes are easy to control; and whoever has the control... has the power!
Who are you, really?
I am the servant of the power behind the Nothing. I was sent to kill the only one who could have stopped the Nothing. I lost him in the Swamps of Sadness. His name... was Atreyu.
The ground shakes again and Atreyu is knocked down. He grabs a knife shaped piece of broken stone and stands, ready to fight.
If we're about to die anyway, I'd rather die fighting! Come for me, G'mork! *I* am Atreyu!
One of the things I see a lot of in amateur screenplays, and in my own writing, if I'm honest, and it's a big thing, is a lack of character goals. There aren't any goals for the main character or characters to achieve. This leads to a story without any defined and clear direction. And generally the scenes that play out within the context of that story tend to meander and not actually go anywhere.
Giving the main character a goal to achieve will help structure the story that you want to tell, it will help drive the story forward and give it a sense of direction.
Character flaws and goals can generally be broken down into two categories.
Firstly, there's the INTERNAL struggle that the character is going through.
The internal struggle that the main character is going through usually revolves around some kind of personality trait. This personality trait is the character's flaw, it's their achille's heel that's stopping them from moving forward in their life.
This character flaw could be caused by a whole number of things.
This major event (something bad happened to them) caused them to take on this negative personality trait. They're finding it difficult to get over what happened to them. They might not even be aware of this personality trait (flaw) that they have until it's pointed out to them or something happens (usually something bad) to them that brings it to their attention.
This is their INTERNAL struggle.
This internal struggle that manifests itself in the main character as a flaw could take the form of any number of personality traits.
There are so many to choose from. The list is endless.
Go to character flaws
Over the course of a story, the main character learns to overcome this negative aspect of their personality and hopefully by the end of the story they will be the opposite of how they were at the beginning. If they were irresponsible at the start, they have now learned to become responsible. If they were selfish, they have now learned to be more giving by the end of the story. They have learned something about themselves, their personality has arced over the course of the story. They may not even be aware that they have changed.
But as the reader/audience member, we have seen this change occur.
Secondly, there's the EXTERNAL struggles that characters find themselves in which are usually much easier to see.
Generally, and this is just my own point of view. Dependent on the genre, certain films require that characters are flawed, otherwise those movies just aren't going to work. These are usually character driven pieces, and certainly not your tent-pole summer blockbusters. Generally in these types of movies I just want to be entertained, as long as the story makes sense and the characters don't behave in a stupid manner.
When it comes to a character driven story, I want to see a lot of depth to characters. This is when I want to see characters change over the course of a movie, and the more characters that have some kind of character arc, the better. This is when I want to feel something and possibly even relate to the characters and their struggles in some way. I want to feel their pain and anguish that they go through over the course of the story. This is when I want to be emotionally invested in the characters and the story and situations they find themselves in. And of course, I still want to be entertained with a story that makes sense.
Make sure there are obstacles that get in the way of your characters achieving their goals. Hopefully this will create conflict for your character(s) to overcome.
This is just my take on how I approach my writing.
Movies to check out:
There are loads more.
I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only
five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I
kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum,
the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your
head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question:
Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?
If there's something you want to do -- just DO IT.
Keep writing -- Keep plugging away -- DON'T GIVE UP
Lady, you take my picture with that thing and I'm
gonna rip your brassiere off... and strangle you with
it! You got that?
Nobody sets out to fuck up your movie. It’s not like the director or the stars wake up in the morning and say, “Let’s screw up this scene. How can I really cause Bill Goldman pain?” It’s just that they’re terrified. I wrote a line once that caught on out there in Hollywood: “Nobody knows anything.” And they don’t. If we knew what we were doing, every movie would be wonderful. If actors knew what they were doing, every performance would be just swell. It’s a crapshoot. It just is. There’s no answer. I wish there were.
Sue Ellen, you're not a wife, you're not a
mother, and you sure as hell are not a
A dark power has found a way back into the world.
Look, I'm telling ya, there's somethin' movin' and it
ain't us! Tracker's off scale, man. They're all around
us, man. Jesus!
The Show Must Go On
I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at
last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was
but the learner; now *I* am the master.
Only a master of evil, Darth.
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to
your enemies, but a great deal more to stand
up to your friends.
Looks like Disney have found the screenwriters for the upcoming Star Wars movies.
Michael Arndt -- Episode 7
Lawrence Kasdan -- Episode 8
Simon Kinberg -- Episode 9
Glad to see Lawrence Kasdan back in the game.
It's also great to see they're planning on releasing the new episodes two years apart from each other. Three years apart is pushing it, especially these days. And anything longer than that, is just plain ludicrous.
Hopefully they'll get Steven Spielberg on board in some capacity.
Looking forward to watching them. Let's hope they stay true to the original Star Wars universe and mythology.
Go to Den of Geek.
The young carpenter from Nazareth? I know
him well. Promising young man. He died badly.
Sometimes a man can learn more form other men's dreams
than he can from his own. Come visit me, sir, if you wish to
improve your education.
I got some scotch.
Aged eighteen years. The way I like it.
No, you submit, do you hear? You be strong, you
survive... You stay alive, no matter what occurs!
I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter
how far, I will find you.
Cool short movie made for the 50 Kisses Competition.
Now -- This looks badass!
This is looking good. I'm glad they've gone with some serious action.
It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum... and I'm all outta gum.
Just heard a rumor that Michael Arndt of Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3 fame is being brought on board. That's rather good news. I don't know how factual these rumors are. If true, this is a great choice. He's extremely good and will certainly do the movies justice. Apparently he's also written a 40-50 page treatment which is even better. I'm pretty sure he's a Star Wars fan. Huge fan of his work. As for directors, I wonder if Steven Spielberg would consider taking the movies on? This would be very cool.
Michael Arndt Writes 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Treatment
That's a big question. And a big ask.
Who could do the Star Wars universe and the mythology that surrounds it real justice?
Now that the big man himself, George Lucas has passed on the mantle.
I grew up for the most part on the original trilogy. They're the films that got me into movies in the first place. They set a benchmark for others to follow. There are few films that can rival them.
This would be a role with great privilege, but it comes with a lot of responsibility to take on as well.
Because, if you get it wrong. You'll be in a whole heap of trouble.
Whoever Disney decide to get on board for these projects. They will need to do some thorough research into what the writer/writers can bring to the table.
Picking someone just because they happen to be the writer who's in with the crowd in my mind would be the wrong way to go.
They must know the Star Wars universe inside out and they must have passion. Real passion to want to make it work on all levels. A fly by night approach isn't going to cut it. The writer/writers will need to show that they care and want to do justice to what's gone before.
The five writers who I think should be considered for the role:
There are possibly a few others that could be brought to the table.
But as a writer who gets offered this role. You're going to need to show that you really care and are in love with the source material. Old and new. And there's a lot of Star Wars material out there. Lots and lots of source material, new and old to work from.
Disney have their work cut out and they are going to have to take this into consideration when they interview writers for these projects.
I certainly don't envy the decision makers.
I forgot about Peter Jackson. Although he is busy with The Hobbit. But he'd do a great job with story and directing. A very passionate film maker.
May the Force be with you.
You rebel scum.
Welcome to Russell’s website. A storyteller who enjoys writing screenplays for movies. Even though the process is hard. It keeps his imagination working overtime.
Take a Look
Done Deal Pro
London Screenwriters' Festival
Screenwriting from Iowa
Chris Jones Blog
Go Into The Story
Nerdist Writer's Panel
The Bitter Script Reader
The Hollywood Reporter
U.S. Copyright Office
Inside Film Magazine
Save the Cat
The Black List
Writers & their Blogs
Selling Your Screenplay
Script Doctor Eric
Geoff La Tulippe