10 key Story Questions

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Answering these questions will help you to write a successful, story-driven film treatment.

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10 key Story Questions

  1. 1. Answering these questions will help you to write a strong, story-driven film treatment
  2. 2. • Obstacle• Escalating Obstacle• Turning Point• All is lost• Goal or failure (or both!)
  3. 3. What is your premise?
  4. 4. What is the goal/dilemma of yourcentral character? How do these moments reflect back on that goal/dilemma?
  5. 5. How does your protagonist’s subplotelevate your story?
  6. 6. Do you feel the goal/dilemma in everyscene?
  7. 7. Have you set strong emotional stakes?What is the worst that can happen if your central character does not achieve his/her goal?
  8. 8. How does your use of symbolism and theme help your story move forward?
  9. 9. Is your central character active inpursuit of his/her goal?
  10. 10. Is there an interesting twist?
  11. 11. Is it clear how your character hasgrown between your beginning andending?
  12. 12. Does your central character achievehis/her goal?

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