SCREENWRITING 101 (FEATURE FILMS)
High-concept is an artistic idea that can be conveyed in a sentence or two, and is usually comprised of the following elements:
- COMPELLING SUBJECT MATTER: A subject your audience finds fascinating:
- ancient myths and legends
- alien worlds
- deep-sea monsters
- HOOK: An element that elevates your story beyond the normal:
- a flying elephant
- a female crime boss
- a wormhole that leads to hell
- DRAMA AND SUSPENSE: A risky endeavor, a deadline, and dire consequences:
- Rescuing Jesus from a parallel universe before he is crucified.
- Bringing down Earth's temperature before mankind is broiled alive.
- Finding fresh water before the entire village perishes.
- PROVOCATIVE TITLE: A few words that hint at what your story is about:
- Planet of the Apes
- Star Wars
- Snakes on a Plane
- COMPELLING SUBJECT MATTER: Archaeology
- HOOK: The Hebrew Ark of the Covenant
- DRAMA AND SUSPENSE: A race against the Nazis to find the ark
- PROVOCATIVE TITLE: Raiders of the Lost Ark
- LOGLINE: An archaeologist must find the lost Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis use its supernatural powers to conquer the world.