Read & Watch - Introduction
Time: 5 minutes
ALBION was written and directed by 23-year-old Harvard University student, Castille Landon.
Screenwriters get their ideas from many sources. Sometimes they think of ideas on their own. Often, however, they are inspired by other media like books or television. It is important to remember that “borrowing” an idea is not a bad thing. Humans are very good at learning from one another, and screenwriters are no exception.
Ideas for screenplays come at strange times and unusual places. Screenwriters have mentioned that they get their ideas from conversations with friends, a phrase in a book or movie, something they have seen while taking a walk, or even in dreams. When the ideas pop up, screenwriters try to write them down quickly so they don’t forget them. The same is true for events in a movie, characters, and dialogue. Some screenwriters keep a pencil and some paper with them nearly all the time so they can capture their ideas while they are fresh.
In the Warm Up you were provided with a list of sources for initial screenplay ideas. There may even be some other sources that you can think of. The important thing to keep in mind is that screenwriters are good at thinking up ideas on their own, as well as borrowing ideas from other media.
Research plays a critical role in the proper development of a screenplay idea. Any time a writer can introduce their audience to a new, interesting world or perspective, the reader is more engaged. Researching allows the writer to discover rich details and nuances that might otherwise have been omitted, leaving the script more hollow and flat.