Screenplay Ideas

Screenplay Ideas

Feb 12

I have a suspicion that many movies and TV shows had titles before they actually had plots.  I’ve noticed a couple of patterns that I believe explain how this comes about.  In these examples, I think you’ll see how someone could start with a title and then stumble their way into a plot.  I thought I would explain the two patterns and then offer some suggestions for future producers...

Looking for idiots

Looking for idiots

Jun 30

My niece recently told me one of the funniest jokes I’ve ever heard. She asked, “Why did the chicken cross the road?”  When I said that I didn’t know, she said, “So that it could get to the idiot’s house.” I was amused.  I didn’t really “get it” but it was a nice try.  I smiled and chuckled because I want to encourage humor whenever I...

I ate your candy

I ate your candy

Nov 06

It’s that time of year again.  Time to watch videos of parents pranking their children by telling them that they ate all of the Halloween candy.  I’m always amused at the reactions of the children.  Some of the children are very gracious and forgiving.  Others throw tantrums.  A rare few even curse at their parents. These videos are insightful allegories for how we react to God when we...

There Can Be Only One

There Can Be Only One

Aug 05

This morning at the local grocery store, my total came to $16.68.  The young cashier read the number back as “Sixteen sixty-eight.”  He paused and then added, “It was a boring year.  Nothing interesting happened that year.” I quirked an eyebrow at him and asked, “You were there?” He replied, “I look a lot younger than my age.” After the...

The Three Huts

The Three Huts

Jan 29

Not so very long ago, a man was rescued from an island where he had been stranded for over a year.  As the rescue boat pulled away from shore, one the rescuers asked the man about the three huts on the beach. The man pointed to the hut on the left and said, “That’s been my home all this time.  That is where I live, where I eat, and where I keep my belongings.  It has been a shelter...

The story of the little red hen: a parable of sorts

The story of the little red hen: a parable of sorts

Jul 03

Once upon a time, for that is how all stories like this begin, there was a little red hen.  The little red hen was tired with trying to catch worms and having to eat what she could scavenge here and there.  She decided that she was going to start making her own food.   The little red hen went to the library and started reading everything she could find on how to make bread.  She learned...