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Story and Plot

The difference between homage and rip-off

An “idea” is essentially unprotectable. What is protectable is the execution: the plot, the characters and all of the details.

Elephant and Columbine’s actual events

A question of fair use in the treatment of tragic events.

Similar plotlines

Be happy you also thought of a great, marketable idea and move on.

Story first, then characters

Taking the “character driven story” idea too literally can derail your story.

Themes

Theme defined. Its function explored.

Original films

Hollywood is making a lot of bad movies, but Hollywood has always made bad movies.

Choosing character names

Matching the right name to the character while keeping them distinct from one another.

Theory #2

Why do movies suck?

My idea’s been stolen

Paramount has just bought a project that sounds horribly similar to yours? Remember that there’s a vast chasm in scriptland between being bought and being made.