Keeping the Outline in Scope

Posted on September 9, 2007

Thursday we had to read off outlines based on our pitches. The outlines are a bulleted list of important plot points you need your script to have. Most were within scope, at least time wise. It seems there will be a lot of guns and violence in the screenings next spring. But others still seemed to miss the mark.

One outline had a one page back story describing the world the movie takes place in. A little much for an outline of a seven minute film. Others are just trying to cram too much in a little space, and the film will probably suffer if they go through with their outline. This is why outlining is important, so you can identify problems before you have too much time invested in something that can’t go anywhere. You just have to be able to look at your story objectively and ask the tough questions.
Coming up Tuesday – treatments and character bios due.

Written by Joey Daoud

Joey Daoud is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His past films have appeared on Netflix, The New York Times, and National Geographic. He is also a YouTube creator across multiple channels with videos garnering millions of views. In his free time, he likes to climb mountains, scuba dive, and brew unique coffees.

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  1. Paul

    If there’s one thing I remember from film school, its that if you don’t have guns, drugs and flashbacks, you don’t have a student film.

    Great blog. Keep it up.

  2. C47

    I think there will be a few that cover all three. Thanks for the compliments.

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