Best Script Writing Advice Ever?

By Filip Terlecki

So, we’re making a movie.

It’s not just any movie. It’s actually based on a short story by the brilliant and twisted (in a good way) mind of Stephen King.

It’s called Suffer the Little Children and it tells the story of a seasoned school teacher, Miss Sidley, who begins to lose her bearings when she suspects that one of her young students, Robert, is not human.

We plan on financing the production through crowdfunding in the spring and shooting in the summer.

Currently, we’re polishing the script.

Ah, the script.

Any smart person in the film biz will tell you – at the heart of any great film is a great script. It all starts with the blank page. Although in this case we’re lucky to get off to a running start with a fascinating story by the master of horror.

But a short story and screenplay are like apples and oranges and it takes a lot of skilled work to be able to adapt a story to screen.

As the writer/director I’m lucky to have a brain trust of some talented collaborators to be able to bounce ideas off of and receive constructive feedback and honest opinions on how to make the script better.

This past weekend we held a script reading at Toronto’s Bedford Academy (thanks for being such great hosts) where I received some great input from Peter Pasyk, Shannon Taylor, Eric Johnston and Carm Giardina (the film’s Producer).

Suffer Script Crew PHOTO

In my attempt to better the script I also worked with script consultant Wayne McLean who’s passion for movies and screenwriting is infectious.

Wayne offered a key bit of advice that, arguably, could be the best screenwriting advice ever.

Check this out…

The lesson:

Lure the audience into the story “…so that by the end of the first ten minutes they’re so invested in this story they don’t wanna leave to take a piss.”

Brilliant, right?

You can learn more about Wayne’s script services here. And you can also follow the film’s production progress on Facebook and read our production journals at Medium.com

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