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Eiji Tunsinagi

Senior Member
If you're screenplay is a little (definitely) on the independent side when it comes to genre, and kind of drama/comedy --- I just can find how important it is to stick to my plot --- or what exists of a plot. Help?


Senior Member
if you don't stick to your plot, what the heck are you sticking to?... whatever is in the screenplay IS the plot... if you mean your plot gets sidetracked by your adding scenes that have nothing to do with the concept/premise you started out with, then all you need do is dump them and stay on track...

i'm with oz here... have no idea what it is you're asking... please explain in full, clear sentences, ok?...

love and hugs, maia

Eiji Tunsinagi

Senior Member
My screenplay has a plot, but though it doesn't have to be, it is very vague. This is because I want to focus more on the characters than any other kind of situation that overtakes them, or a question or a quest or something. I want my film to be the characters interacting, and then doing so to the point that they are affected by my plot.

I'm not sure if that helps but....that's the best way I can put. Maybe it'll help by saying its really independent, and therefore almost any way of storytelling is usually acceptable.


Senior Member
If your script is character focussed, then the best way, in my opinion, of revealing and developing character is to put them through situations of conflict (ie plot). If your script comprises of meandering scenes about characters interacting (which is very vague to me, aren't most movies about characters interacting?) then the movie is going to suffer. Plot and structure are what keep your script together, whether it be independent or studio. A lot of good hollywood movies are about characters inciting the plot. It's all about good storytelling.

Have you seen a movie called "Closer"? It sounds familiar to what you're trying to achieve ie it is all about character and how they relate to one another. I reccommend it.