Writing with Crickett Rumley
- Take a look at your entire story. What do you think the main theme is?
- How does the central conflict explore that theme throughout the screenplay?
- Do you think the central conflict is adequately exploring the theme? If not, how can you fix it?
- What is your protagonist's take on the theme? Your antagonist's?
- Identify your subplots. How is each related to the central conflict? Does each subplot impact the central conflict or reflect it? Or both?
- How does each subplot reveal or explore the main theme? (NOTE: not all subplots need to.)
- What are the secondary themes? How do the plot and subplots explore it adequately?
- Does your film have a "message"? If so, what is it?
- How will the audience know what the message is?
- Do you think the climax of your film is effectively delivering that message? If not, how 'can you fix it?
- Examine your characters closely. Do they represent various aspects of your screenplay's themes? How do their actions explore the themes?
- In general, is your film saying what you want it to say? If not, how can you fix it?