Input DNA elements in order to find the right collaborators for your movie idea
The title is the name of your project. The title is an important part of your creative and should be decided with careful consideration.
There are several main genres in the art of story telling with film. These are story types that all films fall into and are universally accepted as the standard categorizations. Determining your Genre is the first step to understanding how to discuss your project with potential collaborators. Genre is the key indicator and is reflected in all the other stems of your story DNA. Audience, Story Type and even Budget are influenced by the genre they are in.
3. Sub Genre
Most films are complex multilayered stories and often rely on a combination of genre types to accurately categorize. A sub genre is a second main Genre type, however, it is subordinate to the main Genre. The Sub Genre allows us to understand the genre’s that are combining in our story. While it is possible to have multiple sub genres. It is not recommended, as it begins to muddy the story. Categorizing a film as Action / Comedy says what type of film it is and who its for. Categorizing a film as an Action / Comedy / Drama / Adventure / Mystery just says you have no idea what your film is.
4. Core Detail
The Core Detail allows us to identify the various story elements that are found in our film. These story elements are common components to every film ever made and can be crucial in conveying the full scope of your story. Got werewolves in your Romantic Comedy? Now is the time to let them know!
5. Additional Detail(s)
Werewolves AND Mermaids? Tell them about it!
6. Conflict Type
In the entire Universe, there are only 7 conflict types a story can have. Every possible story you can imagine would fall into one of these 7. The Conflict Type informs us of the conflict the Lead Character will undergo in your story. It is an essential truth to good story telling that your Hero must face a conflict in order for us to care. Imagine a story about a guy that sits on the beach drinking lemonade. And that’s all that happens. For two hours. It is imperative that we connect to the hero’s struggles and that we have a rooting interest in them.
7. Leading Role Story Type
The Leading Role Story Type is all about the Hero’s journey. It lets us know how the hero will go about dealing with his conflict. It’s a crucial part of the story process. The best stories are about a hero’s transformation from where he started at the beginning of the movie to where he ends up. This is where you let them know about your hero’s journey.
8. Leading Role Type
The Here Type categorizes what type of hero your film has. A hero is a well intending person trying to do
9. Leading Role Resolution
The Leading Role Resolution is all about the hero’s conflict, and whether he was triumphant or not. Remember that this is not the main story resolution, but the hero’s resolution.
10. Leading Role Gender
Is the main character a man or woman? Let them know it!
Today, a substantial number of movies do not go to the theaters as part of their distribution strategy. Because of this, most of those films do not bother getting an official MPAA rating. Regardless, it is a valuable tool in putting the nature of the content in your film into context for anyone considering joining forces with you. Whether you intend on getting an official rating or not, talk about your project in terms of how it would be rated by the MPAA. A PG rated Horror about ghosts and an R horror about ghosts are two VERY different types of movies…
Budget is a key indicator as to the type of film you intend on making. A common mistake by A LOT of filmmakers is to not fully understand the full impact a budget has for a potential collaborator in determining if it is a project they may be interested in.
13. Audience Age
What is the age range of the PRIMARY TARGET AUDIENCE? All films will have appeal across a number of age groupings. What you want to convey is who are the primary audience members you are trying to appeal to.
14. Audience Gender
Like Audience Age, Audience Gender is about identifying who the primary members of the target audience you are trying to appeal to.
15. Movie Meets
One of the easiest ways to zero someone in on what type of movie you are making is to compare them to similar movies that everyone has heard of.
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