Monday, September 2, 2013

Theme Worksheet

Now that you've got a better idea of the importance of theme, here's a worksheet concocted by Crickett Rumley to help you solidify the theme in your screenplay.

Theme Worksheet
Writing with Crickett Rumley

  1. Take a look at your entire story.  What do you think the main theme is?

  2. How does the central conflict explore that theme throughout the screenplay?

  3. Do you think the central conflict is adequately exploring the theme?  If not, how can you fix it?

  4. What is your protagonist's take on the theme?  Your antagonist's?

  5. Identify your subplots. How is each related to the central conflict?  Does each subplot impact the central conflict or reflect it?  Or both?

  6. How does each subplot reveal or explore the main theme?  (NOTE: not all subplots need to.)

  7. What are the secondary themes?  How do the plot and subplots explore it adequately?

  8. Does your film have a "message"?  If so, what is it?

  9. How will the audience know what the message is?

  10. Do you think the climax of your film is effectively delivering that message?   If not, how 'can you fix it?

  11. Examine your characters closely.  Do they represent various aspects of your screenplay's themes? How do their actions explore the themes?

  12. In general, is your film saying what you want it to say?  If not, how can you fix it?


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