Let’s Write A Movie

This is the outline of the one-hour interactive presentation that D.C. Rahe gives to in-person audiences.

Step 1 – Genre

There are 20 genres, for this exercise we are choosing from the top five

Action

Comedy

Drama

Fantasy

Horror

Audience Selects A Genre

Step 2 – Story Conflict

Hero against Villain

Hero against Self

Hero against Nature

Hero against Society

Audience Selects The Conflict

Step 3 – Story Arc

  • Hero wins at the end
  • Rags to riches
  • Hero in a hole
  • Hero is lead to success
  • Hero loses at the end

Audience Selects the Arc

Step 4 – Environment

Where does the story take place?

When?

Audience Suggestions

Step 5 – Hero Traits

Who? 

Where do they live?

Beliefs?

Education?

Relationships?

Socio-economic class?

Personality type?

Audience Suggestions

Step 6 – Villain

Who? 

Where do they live?

Education?

Beliefs?

Relationships?

Socio-economic class?

Personality type?

Audience Suggestions

Step 7 – 1st Act Set up

What happens?

Audience Suggestions

Step 8 – 2nd Act – Confrontation

Audience Suggestions

Step 9 – 3rd Act – Conclusion

Audience Suggestions

Step 10 – Log Line

Audience Suggestions

Step 11 – Title

Audience Suggestions

Step 12 – Wrap Up The Presentation