I’ve now read and set my points for each of the twelve short scripts sent to me from NSFA. It was a wide range of points. One even got the lowest possible. None received full points, but one or two I thought could be great films, if rewritten a little.
The bottom mark was given to a script that in my opinion wasn’t a script. Alright, you don’t know the formatting rules, but write your story anyway. That is great. You shouldn’t stay away form writing just because you don’t get the format right. But if you missed the fact that a movie consists of moving images and the finished film would be a guy having a long monologue, then it isn’t a script in my opinion; it is a short story. It could be a great story, but the media is ill-chosen.
A movie is a story told through images.
This is harder than it seems.
Two people sitting by a table talking can be just as boring as a monologue. Because the story is told through words. The reason for people to eat so much in movies is because then they have something to do while they are talking. But the images do not tell the story, the dialog does.
I don’t say that images have to say it all, but the ideal is that they tell a lot.
The two scripts I liked best used the environment and not just the dialog to move the story forwards.
And they had a story.
Surprisingly many of the script lacked of story. There were great characters, interesting events, grave situations, but no story. Sometimes I could not even figure out why the writer bothered to write it. Of course there is a reason for the writer to write a particular text, but in some cases I couldn’t find that reason. Those scripts were as dead as a cut off toenail.
I wish all the writers good luck with their future writings.