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The Premise

Why start with the premise? Because MOST MOVIE FAILURES occur right here! I’m not kidding – getting this step wrong will cost you months, possibly years of work.

So what is it? The Premise is basically that thing you see in TV GUIDE when you see a movie is on.  It’s the unique identifier for your movie,  the “combination of plot and character conveyed in one sentence” (John Truby), and answers 3 questions:

  • Who is your main character? (HINT: your most interesting character IS your main character)
  • What does he want? (What’s the SPECIFIC problem your character needs to solve)
  • Why should we care? (Who is effected? What are the stakes? Is it important?)

Learn it, love it, live it.

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