Richard Holmes ‘Tightly Resourced’ Films Screenplay Rules
- Write a genre film, but give it some kind of original and fresh twist.
- Write parts that actors would kill to do.
- Keep it short, under 90 pages.
- Keep locations minimal, ideally cantered around one location.
- Keep characters minimal.
- Make it dialogue heavy-ish and character driven.
- Write for cinema not stage, keep the action, characters and dialogue cinematic.
- Allow yourself one production problem – babies, animals, sport, stunts, VFX, crowd scenes etc. Two problems, such as babies AND animals, would tip the balance out of your favour.
Given his last three films all followed his rules (all produced in excess of £1m budgets), it’s worth considering if your project adheres to these principles too.
You can see a video of Richard in action on yesterdays blog. And if you want to comer to his Advanced Producing workshop in May, get £30 off with discount code CHRISJONES and sign up here… www.advancedproducing.com (tickets cost £69 inc VAT)
Onwards and upwards!