NonFiction ~~- The 10 Commandments Of ScreenWriting

List Of Qualities That Make A Good Movie

Creativity 1883 Characters =~1.9Min. Reading Time

CONCEPT


Great title
great concept (short amazing log-line)
Great stakes
great moral themes / moral proposition
uplifting
educational
emotionally moving
two stories interwoven
big scope, at least in meaning
spiritual
original
transports/entrances the audience

CHARACTERS


short, tight character list
100% active protagonist
powerful and complex protagonist
powerful and complex antagonist
Great disputed character (i.e. the girl only one man can marry, the bone the 2 big dogs fight over)
protagonist struggles against himself
archetypal characters
character arcs
highly visually differentiated characters

WRITING


intact causal-chain
strong POV
lean but great dialog
lots of action
great conflict / dramatic situation advanced and propelled inside each scene
lots of resistance to protagonist's goals
visual, not verbal, exposition
brevity
Unusual And Conflict-Oriented Character Names
strong dramatic tension throughout
birth, love or death in every scene
honest (no Movie Impossible Tom Cruise Helicopter-jump shots) No short-cuts out of the problems of life
lyrical

PLOT


short, tight location list
roller-coaster plot (a lot of escalating high highs & low lows)
superb inciting incident
great kickoff into the middle
titanic-cracking midpoint
great crisis (kicks you into the ending)
stunning ending (climax)
unpredictable
protagonist endures hell
wild emotional range

EXECUTION


great music
visual wow factor (huge scope)
artful visuals
amazing locations
cinematography
visual effects
acting
editing
fast pace (trimmed scenes)
lighting
costumes
sound design
consistent

SUITABILITY


clean language
freedom from smut
lack of scarring violence
simple, elegant story design
steers clear of glorifying the occult
avoids glorifying addiction
lots of heart