If you have read my last post, you know that I decided to put some of my story ideas for my 3D short movie, especially the ending, to rest in order to find new possibilities and conclusions.

You know what happened? After flushing down the old ending down the toilet I began my thinking process…

And it took me only 10 minutes to find something. 10.freaking.minutes.

But you what is scaring me? The idea I have seems to be perfect. It fits the overall story, it fits the main character. It even fits the backstory I have written about. It seems to fit everywhere. But – more importantly – it seems to add the feelings and emotions I am constantly after. It would tell a touching story. And it would have an ending I was searching for: positive yet bittersweet.

I am not sure why this moment with this idea/insight happened. Perhaps it is one of those moments when the characters (or, as in my case, the story) start to talk for themselves. You know, the moment any screenwriter and tutor is talking about and might also be called The Golden Moment.

Regardless of the theory behind my story moment I am currently really happy.

And you almost surely know what this means: I have to cool down for some days to really know whether I can move on or not.

Stay tuned!


  • Moe

    yes I’m experiencing a little of the “golden moment” myself. Congrats to you on yours. I’m working on a project that in my best dreams would be a 3D animated feature. One questions, do you find it overwhelming purposefully writing in a “3D” style rather than just writing the story? I find myself questioning my lack of or over use of 3D undertones and is my script becoming too descriptive?

  • madmind

    The question of yours is really interesting and when I have finished mine I think I will write about it. But I think you don’t want to wait that long, so here are some quick tips I got from reading all those screenwriting books:

    In general I would say, that a very detailed direction of how something is to be set up or shown is not good. In other words I wouldn’t write about camera angles, musical cues or certain lightning setups, as these seems to be elements that you mostly find in scripts of newcomers (which I am myself…).

    As Robert McKee states the visual style of the movie is up to the director and director of photography. Hence, I would try to reduce anything to its most important parts. But that is no problem at all. If you have a certain image in your mind – a red car for example – write it as you “see” it. As a result, the director would most certainly show a red car in the final result. If you see the car from a certain angle, try to describe it using other ways (the sunlight hits the tires in a harsh angle or something like that).

    As for your “3D” question: although I don’t quite understand how your script is “3D” (some kind of description?) I personally understand 3D, or animation in general, only as a different medium to tell a story. Therefore I think the normal way to write the movie would be the best (which I will wo when I leave the story design phase of my 3D project).

    Much more important to me than the medium seems the genre you are aiming for. Is it a comedy? A horror comedy? Or perhaps a drama (an animated drama – that would be beautiful)? If you know the genre you can search in the internet for some scripts that have been made and learn from them. And to make good comparisons you could also try to find some scripts of 3D movies.

    One general challenge we screenwriters have to face is this: for one thing, we have to write a good story. But for the other we have to write a good story well. If you want to sell your script it has to be good on the story level and on the writing level. Not only the audience but also the reader has to be captivated.

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