It's a terrible feeling.…You have got this brilliant idea, you get all excited about it, and then you find out it's already been done.…It happens, especially in show business.…You can't possibly know the plots of the thousands of movies and TV shows that already exist.…So how do you find out whether your story ideas may be a little too familiar?…Well, one quick and easy way is a keyword search on the Internet Movie Database.…Let's go to imdb.com and try one out.…Note that it works best if your story has some fairly distinctive concepts.…Searching for romance or murder isn't going to help much.…
Let's look for something slightly more specific. How about time travel?…Okay, this gives us a lot of results. Let's see if we can narrow them down.…Click on Time Travel and check out the Refining Tools on the right.…Let's say you want to make your time travel movie a comedy, great.…Now, we can refine it even further by scrolling down and selecting other keywords.…Because most of the IMDb's content is user generated,…
AuthorMark Tapio Kines
- Finding the drama in your story idea
- Structuring your story into three acts
- Defining your protagonist's short-term and long-term goals
- Creating obstacles for your characters
- Understanding the importance of suspense
- Timing your plot twists
- Formatting your script
- Registering for a copyright
Skill Level Intermediate
1. You've Got an Idea, Now What?
2. Laying the Foundations for Your Story
3. Act One: The Buildup
4. Act Two: The Adventure
5. Act Three: The Resolution
How should act three open?2m 57s
6. Screenplay Fundamentals
7. Clearing the Legal Hurdles
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